Grandma’s Place Shelter In RPB Taps New Executive Director

The board of directors of Grandma’s Place, based in Royal Palm Beach, has appointed Roxanne Jacobs as the agency’s executive director.

Jacobs brings a new level of expertise to the emergency foster shelter. She has more than 30 years of fundraising, executive management and nonprofit financial experience.

Jacobs was promoted from her previous position as director of development/chief financial officer. Prior to her appointment at Grandma’s Place, she was director of development for 13 years at Palm Beach Habilitation Center. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has earned the CFRE designation.

Jacobs will work with the Grandma’s Place board to develop a strategic plan and raise support to maintain and strengthen the services the agency provides to children who have suffered abuse. Jacobs has a passion for the well-being of children and strives to make a positive impact in their lives.

“Roxanne brings many years of commitment and success in the Palm Beach County not-for-profit community to those in need of help. We are delighted to have Roxanne lead the wonderful staff at Grandma’s Place who care for the children placed with us,” Grandma’s Place Board Chair Karen Vaughan said.

Grandma’s Place is a nonprofit emergency foster shelter in Royal Palm Beach that serves all of Palm Beach County. The agency helps children from infants through 12 years old who have been removed by the courts from their own homes due to abuse or neglect.

Grandma’s Place provides a loving and nurturing homelike environment, and welcomes all children, including those with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol effects or profoundly delayed. The goal of the program is to reunify children with their families or assist with finding them a suitable foster or adoptive home.

Grandma’s Place is the only agency in Palm Beach County accepting emergency cases for infants to 7-year-olds. Visit or call (561) 753-2226 to learn about the emergency shelter, make a donation or volunteer.