Back on Track Ministries is developing what has been described as a community headquarters to address antisocial behaviour and reach out to boys and men at risk.
The founder of the organisation, Keith Smith, made the disclosure in an interview with St Lucia Times.
He said 7.8 acres of land donated by the government is now being cleared in Dennery to start building a home as part of the project which has been reviewed by the Development Control Authority (DCA).
“At that home we are hoping to provide living space – accommodation for persons who are homeless and want a better life,” Smith told St Lucia Times.
He disclosed that the facility will offer multi-skills services including training in upholstery, welding, woodwork and information technology.
“Counsellors will be available that will be working in the community – we call them the Back on Track Community Facilitators, who will be able to mentor and at the same time provide education and support,” Smith stated.
Smith said his organisation has coined the acronym TACKLE, Together Against Crime, Keeping Lucians Engaged.
The Back on Track Ministries official lamented that too often there’s talk about addressing the crime problem.
But he explained that while there is a role for law enforcement, social services must not be overlooked.
“At this time we are calling on all Saint Lucians who believe that he complexion off our society has changed because of the reality we are in, to come on board and help us in providing the services needed,” Smith said.