Since 1995, The Source a Christian Outreach Ministry in Vero Beach has offered life-changing possibilities to residents in crisis. Through an extensive list of programs and services, they help their clients out of homelessness and into a dignified way of life. In March 2021, they launched the Dignity Bus, a mobile overnight shelter, the first of its kind in the country. Their focus in creating the bus is to provide a safe, temporary overnight accommodation for those without any shelter.
With a year under their belt, and well over 2,000 safe sleeps enjoyed in Vero Beach, the development of a second Dignity Bus, on request from a positive consensus of the Palm Bay City Council, is now operating successfully. The timing of this decision turned out to be quite uncanny. Just before the planned opening of South Brevard’s only cold night shelter (located on the property of Truth Revealed International Ministries on Palm Bay Road), a devastating fire occurred gutting the entire structure.
The Palm Bay Dignity Bus is a 40-foot motor coach outfitted with 16 beds (sleeping pods), personal storage, restrooms, heat, air-conditioning and air-purifiers. The aim of the mobile shelter is to get people off the street and keep them safe and healthy until they can get back on their feet. The Palm Bay Dignity Bus is operating 365 days a year at $2.00 per night, as the only overnight shelter in south Brevard County. The Source has partnered with St Vincent Depaul of St Joseph’s Parish, 2824 Palm Bay Rd NE, FL (321) 768-7882 to help facilitate the process of logistics and registering clients for the bus.
According to Kenny Johnson, Deputy Mayor of Palm Bay’s City Council, “I am excited to have The Source serve those in our community who are looking for shelter. God Bless The Source and all who have brought this Dignity Bus into fruition.”
Anthony Zorbaugh, Executive Director of The Source states, “The City of Palm Bay, with their enthusiasm towards helping the homeless, are congratulated for their foresight and empathy for others in their community needing help. Getting enough quality sleep can help protect a person’s mental and physical health and ultimate safety. We know from our experiences in Vero Beach that sleep can change everything.”
For more information on The Source and the Dignity Bus please visit www.Iamthesource.org,
or call Executive Director Anthony Zorbaugh, at 772-564-0202.