Wine To Water Returns August 5

Join us for a wonderful evening of camaraderie, wine and delicious appetizers as we raise funds for The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia! The 7th Annual Wine To Water fundraiser will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at The Elusive Grape in Downtown DeLand.

Each donation supports the water fund of The Neighborhood Center, which helps families remain in their homes by funding safe, clean water. Tickets are available for a $100 donation each, and sponsorships are available as well. Contact event chair Gery Walker for details at or 386-748-2511.

Empty Bowls of West Volusia: Tickets on sale now!

Thursday, March 28 | 5-8 p.m.VENUE 142, Downtown DeLand


Though this event is sold out, we still need and welcome your support. Give a one-time or recurring gift at Thank you!

Enjoy an inspiring meal and silent auction with friends and family while helping eradicate hunger in West Volusia by raising funds for The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s emergency food bank and daily food pantry.

Tickets include: Handmade Bowl | Soup | Bread | Dessert | Water/Tea | Silent Auction

$20 adult (12 and up); Child: 1 free with 1 paid adult
($10 for additional children under 12)

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia to open more beds for West Volusia’s homeless on December 15

Housing for the homeless will continue its unstoppable expansion in West Volusia County on Saturday, Dec. 15. The morning will be marked by a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting for Home Grant House, 417 S. Palmetto Ave., DeLand. The public is welcome to attend.

Join us on Saturday as we expand housing for the homeless in West Volusia with the Home Grant House.

Home Grant House will provide housing for five adults who are transitioning from emergency housing with the goal of permanent housing and independence. The home has five bedrooms and baths with a communal cooking and eating area.

Home Grant House was purchased and renovated by Volusia County Council funds. The renovation was completed this fall by the City of DeLand. Renovations included interior and exterior repairs, complete reconstruction of walls, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, kitchen and finishes. Work also included a fire suppression and alarm system and lead paint abatement.

The City of DeLand also constructed a new water main on Palmetto Avenue to serve Home Grant House, The Neighborhood Center Thrift Store conversion, and the proposed “Bridge” project: a 20-bed, 5,000-square-foot shelter and day center. The Bridge will be constructed by the City of DeLand and managed by The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. Construction will begin in early 2019.

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., is the area’s leader in housing the formerly homeless, and thus far in 2018 has provided transitional and emergency housing services to 583 residents. The new 5-bed Home Grant House brings the number of West Volusia beds available for emergency and transitional housing to 167. Further, thus far in 2018, 92 formerly homeless households found homes through The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s programs. These include 20 housed in Community Housing Development Organization units, 15 housed in Neighborhood Stabilization unites and 57 housed in Housing and Urban Development units.

For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, visit

Empty Bowls Project raises awareness, funds to fight hunger Oct. 20


Raise funds, awareness and combat hunger in West Volusia, with The Empty Bowls Project in DeLand!

Ticket holders come to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church from 5 – 7 p.m., Oct. 20, to choose from clay pottery bowls made by local professionals and amateurs, enjoy a soup dinner and take their bowl home as a reminder of those whose bowls are empty.

Funds benefit Faith At Work and The Neighborhood Center. Click to reserve your space.


Robed in Love breakfast tribute to honor Ed and Pauline Lacey Oct. 24

Put on your robe and join the fun!

Robed in Love — 8 – 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24

Wayne G. Sanborn Center, DeLand

This inaugural breakfast tribute will honor 2018 “Love Local Award” recipients Ed and Pauline Lacey for their incredible support of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, thank the community, build awareness of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia and its mission, and earn revenue for the organization with an annual tribute breakfast.

Registration is available online at and will be open until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

And of course, we welcome you to invite any friends, family and colleagues who’d hate to miss it, too!

We hope you can attend Robed in Love on Oct. 24 and help us honor the Laceys for all their support of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. We certainly would enjoy a wonderful morning together.


SPONSORSHIPS: Are available, too, from $500 – $5,000. (Email for sponsorship details.)

“Empty Bowls Project” to benefit The Neighborhood Center


Cheri Haring and her crew are raising funds and awareness to combat hunger in West Volusia, with an ‘Empty Bowls Project’ on Oct. 20. All ticket holders will come to the Harwood Center at St. Barnabas Church from 5 – 7 p.m. to choose from pottery bowls made from clay by local professionals and amateurs, have a hearty soup dinner donated by local restaurants and community members, and take their bowl home as a reminder of those whose bowls are Empty.

All proceeds will be shared between Faith at Work of St. Barnabas Church and The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia.

Click and join the fun fundraiser!

T-Shirt Design Contest for High School and College Students Launches Today!

Design the FIRST Official Neighborhood Center T-shirt!


Calling all high school and college students ages 14-22 who enjoy graphic design, art, design and T-shirts! The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is seeking students who attend school in or live in West Volusia County, Florida, to design one-of-a-kind T-shirts to increase awareness of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s mission to serve the homeless, feed the hungry and prevent homelessness in West Volusia County.

The winner will be announced at our October 24 breakfast event as the designer of the official 2019 Neighborhood Center T-shirt and win $100 in Mainstreet Dollars. And, The Neighborhood Center will display the winning design for one year on its property and/or official vehicle(s) and share the news far and wide online and beyond!


Entering is easy!

Create your design and tell us in 250 words or less how your design helps promotes The Neighborhood Center’s mission of serving the homeless, feeding the hungry and preventing homelessness and submit it by midnight, Sunday, Oct. 7.

The T-shirt design must incorporate the following:

• Only three colors: Red, black, gray (white space is permitted, too)
• a house image
• a heart image
• the hashtag #LoveLocal

Design submissions — a PDF graphic and up to 250-word write-up — must be submitted by midnight, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2018, via this upload link. Please include your name, email address, and school.

Our Community Judges Your Design

  • Judging begins Oct. 8.
  • The shortlisting judging panel will consist of staff, volunteers and donors.
  • Designs will be judged based on quality and relevance
  • The final round of submissions will be placed in the hands of The Neighborhood Center’s Facebook fans for judging Oct. 12-16. Be sure to like and follow our Facebook page to stay abreast of the votes!
  • The rulings of the shortlisting panel and Facebook fans are final.

Win Gifts and Fame!

Winner receives:

  • $100 in Mainstreet Dollars to be used at Mainstreet DeLand Association merchants
  • 2 t-shirts of their winning design
  • publicity of the design on our website, social media and e-mail marketing an on The Neighborhood Center’s property and/or official vehicle

Finalist will be notified after a Facebook fan vote for the winning design.

Please note any designs chosen in the contest become the creative property of the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia and will be used for fundraising marketing purposes for the agency.

Good luck and thank you for supporting The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia!

Remember our old thrift shop? It’s been repurposed!

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia cut the ribbon on its newest transitional housing facility this morning! GAP (Growth and Achievement Program) House will bring an additional 12 beds to West Volusia, thus increasing the agency’s total bed capacity (emergency and transition) to 162. The beds are earmarked for men in transition or at risk of homelessness.

Residents of GAP House must have income, pay $100 rent per week, and be in process of transitioning to permanent supportive housing or independent housing.

Rent includes utilities, water and food.

Residents can stay in GAP House for no longer than 12 months. #lovelocal