Project LIFT to Break Ground on Hobe Sound Location

A young man learns auto repair skills at Project LIFT

HOBE SOUND, FLORIDA – Award winning non-profit Project LIFT will expand its innovative mental health and vocational training programs to Southern Martin County, with a new site located at Bridge Road and Lantana Avenue in Hobe Sound. The location was strategically selected to serve the needs of the Banner Lake community and to complement the continuum of care already being delivered in the area, by adding a workforce development and mental health program targeting at-risk teens and young adults.

The site will mirror Project LIFT’s Palm City, Fort Pierce, and Belle Glade locations, offering a unique “Therapy Under the Hood of a Car” model  that features evidence-based mental health and substance abuse treatment delivered by licensed therapists while participants learn a skilled trade. Paid training in welding, carpentry, construction, automotive repair, HVAC, and electrical restores dignity, provides a replacement behavior for unhealthy choices, and creates opportunity for a lucrative career with local businesses in need of skilled labor.

 A student practices welding skills at Project LIFT
 A student practices welding skills at Project LIFT

“This new location is a testament to the generosity of Hobe Sound area donors and community leaders who saw a need and helped create a solution,” said Project LIFT founder and CEO Bob Zaccheo. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to work alongside partnering organizations to positively impact the lives of Southern Martin County residents.”

Project LIFT Hobe Sound is expected to open in summer 2024 and will serve teens and young adults ages 14-21, providing therapy, paid vocational training, career counseling, substance abuse treatment, and mentoring. Transportation and meals are provided. For more information visit or call 772-221-2244.

About Project LIFT:

With a strong focus on vocational training, job readiness, and employability, Project LIFT works to impact industry by equipping potential employees with behavioral learning strategies in hands-on, high touch industry shop settings that produce real shop outputs. Project LIFT’s innovative delivery of mental health services provides therapy through the unique platform of vocational training. At no cost, at-risk teens and young adults engage in hands- on paid training in: welding, HVAC, construction, auto repair, and more, while psychotherapists work with them to address issues including depression, addiction, trauma, and anger management. Project LIFT serves more than 800 youth and young adults annually, in its Martin, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie County locations. For more information, visit or call 772-221-2244.

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