Leaders break ground on Thrift Shop at Neighborhood Center of West Volusia

Leaders of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia break ground on the agency’s new Thrift Shop on Friday, Sept. 2, in DeLand. Building the new shop is the first step toward converting the current one into bridge (transitional) housing for homeless adults and families. Front row, from left: Ed Lacey, board member; Contractor Marshall Bone; Executive Director Susan Clark; Rev. Will Ridgely, board president; Ann Rigsby, board member; Suzy Smith, board member/fundraising chair; Gery Walker, board secretary; Amber Finnicum-Simmons, board member; Kandy Queen-Sutherland, director; Heidi Clark, board member; Al Powers, board treasurer; and John Simmons, board member. Back row, from left: Brittany Gloersen and Gary Maris, board members.

Leaders of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia break ground on the agency’s new Thrift Shop on Friday, Sept. 2, in DeLand. Building the new shop is the first step toward converting the current one into bridge (transitional) housing for homeless adults and families. Front row, from left: Ed Lacey, board member; Contractor Marshall Bone; Executive Director Susan Clark; Rev. Will Ridgely, board president; Ann Rigsby, board member; Suzy Smith, board member/fundraising chair; Gery Walker, board secretary; Amber Finnicum-Simmons, board member; Kandy Queen-Sutherland, director; Heidi Clark, board member; Al Powers, board treasurer; and John Simmons, board member. Back row, from left: Brittany Gloersen and Gary Maris, board members.

Supporters of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia braved the wind and rain to break ground on the agency’s new Thrift Shop in DeLand this morning, Friday, Sept. 2.

Community leaders flung dirt as groundbreaking began for the rebuilt Neighborhood Center Thrift Shop, to be located on Woodland Boulevard. The Thrift Shop will create a sustainable, optimized revenue source for the agency for years to come. Board President Rev. Will Ridgley commended General Contractor Marshall Bone of Marshall B. Bone, Inc. for Bone’s donation of the labor costs needed to erect the new facility.

Neighborhood Center Executive Director Susan Clark remarked to the crowd, “We believe we can end homelessness in West Volusia; we really believe that. This is one of the steps toward that goal. And in 2017 and 2018, we have even bigger plans.” Clark added a moment of recognition for Ed Lacey, a local philanthropist whose contributions are making the new project a reality.

“Without Mr. Lacey’s generosity, this project and our ability to increase beds in West Volusia would not be possible.”

As the rain fell, DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar added, “A rainy day like today highlights the importance of taking care of our brothers and sisters who are homeless.”

Upon its completion, the existing Thrift Shop, located behind the main agency building, will be converted to bridge housing (transitional housing) with up to 20 beds. The new beds, to be placed in the to-be-renovated/existing thrift shop, will offer residential shelter for adults and families who need a safe place to stay while issues that forced them into homelessness are resolved.

 

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia to break ground on new building; First step in creating additional bridge housing at the agency

The Neighborhood Center of West VolusiaWho: The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia volunteer Board of Directors, City of DeLand officials and The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia staff.

What: Groundbreaking for the rebuilt The Neighborhood Center thrift shop, to be located on Woodland Boulevard. The Thrift Shop will create a sustainable, optimized revenue source for the agency for years to come. Upon its completion, the existing Thrift Shop, located behind the main agency building, will be converted to “bridge housing” (transitional housing) with up to 20 beds.

When: 8 a.m. Friday, September 2, 2016

Where: The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand

More about the housing program:

The new beds, to be placed in the to-be-renovated/existing thrift shop, will offer residential shelter for adults and families who need a safe place to stay while issues that forced them into homelessness are resolved. The Neighborhood Center already is the major resource available for the numerous families who find themselves in homeless situations in West Volusia. But, the need still far exceeds the present availability. For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, visit www.neighborhoodcenter.org.

Tickets on sale now for Aug. 22 “Wine to Water” Fundraiser benefiting The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia

Download the flier.July 8, 2016 (DeLand, Florida) – Tickets are on sale now for the “Wine to Water” event. The popular fundraiser for The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is organized by the three DeLand-area Rotary Clubs.

Wine to Water will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at The Elusive Grape. A limited number of tickets to the event are available for $100 each, and include food, wine, entertainment and five raffle tickets good toward beer, wine and other gift baskets.

Tickets are on sale at The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia (434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand), The Elusive Grape (129 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand), and through Neighborhood Center board members.

One hundred percent of all ticket sales will go directly to The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia to help prevent homelessness by paying water bills for local families.

Event costs are underwritten by sponsors, including Mainstreet Community Bank, Rotary Club of DeLand, Rotary Downtown Club of DeLand, Breakfast Rotary Club of DeLand, Cool Pools by Larry, Dreggors Rigsby & Teal, P.A., The Elusive Grape, Hill & Hollis, RC87 Ranch, Integrity Home Inspection and Woodland Towers.

For more information, please contact Ms. Gery Walker, Wine to Water Chair, at gerywalker@aol.com or 386-748-2511.

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s pet food drive to kick off at Feb. 6 ‘Mardi Gras on Mainstreet’ dog parade, DeLand

Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Caseworker Patricia Rivera and her St. Bernard, 7-year-old Xena Warrior Princess.

Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Caseworker Patty Rivera and her St. Bernard, 7-year-old Xena Warrior Princess.

When family finances get tight, pets feel the pain, too. Some are abandoned, while others go hungry.

That’s why The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is bringing back the Pounds for Hounds food drive. Neighborhood Center volunteers will kick off this third annual collection during the February 6 Mardi Gras on Mainstreet dog parade. Pet food donations will be collected by the agency through April 30.

Residents are asked to drop off cash to go toward pet-food purchases, or drop off dry pet food at The Neighborhood Center tent on Indiana Avenue during the Feb. 6 parade (parade begins at 11 a.m.), or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at The Neighborhood Center Thrift Shoppe, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Nonperishable human food is also appreciated, and will be distributed through the agency’s emergency food pantry.

Neighborhood Center Executive Director Susan Clark said the food-raiser not only helps animals, it also gives a boost to the individuals and families the agency serves.

“When we’re down and out, many of us turn to our pets for comfort and companionship,” Clark said. “It’s heartbreaking when a family has to give up a pet because they can’t afford to feed it. With help from the community, we can keep our clients and their pets together.”
For more information about the Pounds for Hounds campaign, call The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia at 386-734-8120.

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The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, opened in DeLand in 1969. Its mission is to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and prevent homelessness in DeLand and West Volusia County. It operates a thrift shop (Tuesday-Saturday) and food pantry at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., assists families in crisis with rent and utilities, provides temporary housing for working adults, and secures transitional housing for families.

 

Neighborhood Center of West Volusia participating in national Hunger Action Month in September to spread hunger awareness, fill pantry

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia
434 S. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32720
www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org

August 31, 2015

News Media Contact:
Susan Clark, Executive Director
Susan.clark@cfl.rr.com
386-734-8120

Neighborhood Center of West Volusia participating in national Hunger Action Month in September to spread hunger awareness, fill pantry

START A FOOD DRIVE – DOWNLOAD THE FLIER!

DELAND, FLA. (August 31, 2015) – Every September, Second Harvest Food Bank and food banks across the nation participate in Hunger Action Month. The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia in DeLand also is actively participating in the month-long campaign to help raise awareness of hunger in West Volusia, and collect food – and funds to purchase food – for its daily and emergency pantries.

The timing is ideal; The Neighborhood Center’s pantries are low in stock these days. At peak need, staff and volunteers distribute 250 bags of food per week to individuals in need. Current distribution is estimated at more than 270 bags per week. According to The Neighborhood Center’s Executive Director Susan Clark, one in six people in Volusia County are hungry. Hungry children are the most vulnerable, and hunger among the elderly is rising in West Volusia County significantly.

The agency has created a local version of the national Hunger Action Month campaign, and details are listed on its website at http://neighborhoodcenterwv.org/home/hunger-action-month/. Suggested events residents and businesses can become involved in during September include food drives, awareness messaging and other opportunities – such as giving a donation instead of eating out – to help the campaign succeed.

Partners are needed to make a significant local impact during Hunger Action Month. Local businesses, churches and organizations are invited to create food drives at their locations throughout September and donate the collected nonperishables to The Neighborhood Center at their convenience (434 S. Woodland Blvd.). West-Volusia based organizations already on board for September campaigns are Pentecostals of DeLand, Lace & Accessories, Funky Trunk Treasures, Ryan Insurance & Financial Services, and West Volusia Runners.

Interested businesses can e-mail vickie@vp-communications.net to receive marketing materials to support their food drives and campaigns.

Food donations The Neighborhood Center receives are packaged into bags for the hungry of DeLand and neighboring cities. Bags consist of meals for three days and typically include fruits, vegetables, meats, rice or pasta, and are supplemented through the agency’s purchase of nonperishable food items and as well as free perishable foods from Second Harvest Food Bank. Items needed on an ongoing basis in the food pantry are peanut butter and jelly, canned soup, canned meat such as tuna and chicken, dry pasta, tomato sauce, and macaroni and cheese.

For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, visit www.neighborhoodcenter.org.

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Tickets on Sale Now for “Wine to Water” Fundraiser at The Elusive Grape benefiting The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Aug. 24

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia
434 S. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32720
www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org

July 30, 2015

News Media Contact:
Susan Clark, Executive Director
Susan.clark@cfl.rr.com
386-734-8120

Tickets on Sale Now for “Wine to Water” Fundraiser at The Elusive Grape benefiting The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Aug. 24

July 30, 2015 (DeLand, Fla.) – Tickets are on sale now at The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia (434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand) at The Elusive Grape (133 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand) for “Wine to Water” – a popular fundraiser for The Neighborhood Center, organized by the three DeLand-area Rotary Clubs and hosted by The Elusive Grape. Proceeds from each ticket sold will go directly to The Neighborhood Center to help prevent homelessness by paying water bills for local families.

The Wine to Water fundraiser will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at the Elusive Grape. A limited number of tickets to the event are available for $100 each, and include food, wine, entertainment and five raffle tickets good toward beer, wine and other gift baskets.

Sponsors of the event are Rotary Breakfast Club of DeLand, Rotary Club of DeLand,Rotary Club of Downtown, The Elusive Grape and Woodland Towers. 

For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia or the Wine to Water fundraiser, please contact Susan Clark, Executive Director, The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, at 386-734-8120 or email susan.clark@cfl.rr.com.

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20/20 Campaign: Spring/Summer 2015

Your $20 will help us create 20 new shelter beds.

 

The Neighborhood Center is growing and we need your help! We are expanding the housing program to further our mission of sheltering the homeless by building 20 new beds. Our goal is to raise enough funds to bring 12 new beds to our supportive housing facility, and 8 new emergency beds. We’ve already received a promise of $100,000 in matching funds if we reach $100,000 in donations! That means every $1 donation = $2, and $20 = $40!

How can you help? We’re asking for $20 from West Volusia residents to make this goal a reality. Here’s how you can give:

1. Send a check to The Neighborhood Center, Attn: 20/20, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL, 32724

2. Donate here.

3. Give your donation to a Neighborhood Center representative.

Donations big or small…they all help.
Thank you!

DeLand Breakfast Rotary gathers food for hungry kids for spring break distribution

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia
434 S. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32720

March 13, 2015

News Media Contact:
Susan Clark, Executive Director
Susan.clark@cfl.rr.com
386-734-8120

DeLand Breakfast Rotary gathers food for hungry kids for spring break distribution

March 13, 2015 (DeLand, Fla.) — The DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club is launching a program to feed area schoolchildren during spring break, and local residents can help.

As part of their “Feeding Hungry Kids” drive, Rotary members are collecting food and cash donations to fill 400 bags of food that will help students who rely on free or reduced lunches through the school system.

Club members will pack the bags March 16, and distribute them later in the week to Southwestern Middle School, Edith I. Starke Elementary School, The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, and the Boys and Girls Club of Spring Hill.

Residents can assist by mailing a tax-deductible donation to DBR Charities, P.O. Box 1346, DeLand, FL 32721.

“Sadly, the only food some children get comes from their schools,” said Club president Deric Kaiser. “It’s our goal to make sure these children are fed during their spring vacation.”

The Rotary Club is partnering with The Neighborhood Center and Second Harvest Food Bank to obtain food for the distribution.

For more information about “Feeding Hungry Kids,” please contact Derek Mears, project coordinator and DeLand Breakfast Rotary past president, at 386-740-2015.

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Pounds for Hounds food drive for cats and dogs returns through April 30

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia
434 S. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32720

March 19, 2015

News Media Contact:
Susan Clark, Executive Director
Susan.clark@cfl.rr.com
386-734-8120

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s Pounds for Hounds food drive for cats and dogs returns through April 30
March 19, 2015 (DeLand, Fla.) – When family finances get tight, pets feel the pain, too. Some are abandoned, while others go hungry.

That’s why The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is bringing back the Pounds for Hounds food drive. Last year’s drive collected 1,000 pounds of dry dog and cat food. This year, staff and volunteers hope to double that amount.

Residents are asked to drop off cash to go toward pet-food purchases, or drop off dry pet food from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Thursday, April 30, at the Neighborhood Center Thrift Shoppe, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Nonperishable human food is also appreciated, and will be distributed through the agency’s emergency food pantry.

Neighborhood Center Executive Director Susan Clark said the food-raiser not only helps animals, it also gives a boost to the individuals and families the agency serves.

“When we’re down and out, many of us turn to our pets for comfort and companionship,” Clark said. “It’s heartbreaking when a family has to give up a pet because they can’t afford to feed it. With help from the community, we can keep our clients and their pets together.”

For more information about the Pounds for Hounds campaign, call The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia at 386-734-8120.

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The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, opened in DeLand in 1969. Its mission is to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and prevent homelessness in DeLand and West Volusia County. It operates a thrift shop and food pantry at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., assists families in crisis with rent and utilities, provides temporary housing for working adults, and secures transitional housing for families.

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