As The Neighborhood Center converts former thrift store to housing, local philanthropist offers matching grant of $50,000

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia has begun converting its former thrift shop, located behind the main agency building at 434. S Woodland Blvd., to a 14-bed housing unit. The transitional housing unit for adult men will provide a safe space to stay while issues that forced them into homelessness are resolved.

The addition of the 14 beds will make The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia the largest nonprofit housing agency in Volusia County.

Philanthropist Ed Lacey, DeLand, has pledged $50,000 to the renovation project, contingent upon the agency raising the same amount.

“Mr. Lacey is a longtime supporter of The Neighborhood Center, and truly cares for the people of our communities,” said Executive Director Susan Clark. “We are confident donors will step up to help us match his gift and make another significant dent in homelessness in West Volusia.”

The renovation, led by JMS Contractors, will include the addition of the beds, common living area, back porch, kitchen and bathrooms/showers. Contractors also will add a newly paved, lighted parking lot in the rear of the building.

Residents and businesses interested in supporting The Neighborhood Center’s housing project are encouraged to give online at www.neighborhoodcenter.org,by arranging a gift by calling 386-734-8120, or by mailing a gift of any amount to The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, attn: Thrift Shop Conversion, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL, 32720.

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s vision is to be an integral part of the collaborative efforts to serve the homeless, to feed the hungry and to prevent homelessness in DeLand and West Volusia County. The Neighborhood Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Former Thrift Shop to be converted to housing

We are excited to be rolling into the second phase of our Thrift Shop expansion project: Converting the former space into transitional housing. Transitional housing is for adults and families who need a safe place to stay while issues that forced them into homelessness are resolved.

The renovation will include 14 new beds, a living area, back porch area, and kitchen and shower spaces. Contractors also will add a newly paved, lighted parking lot in the rear of the building, too.

The Neighborhood Center has entered an agreement with JMS contractors for the renovation work, which is scheduled to begin in early September.

Want a fun fact? The addition of the 14 beds will make The Neighborhood Center the largest nonprofit housing agency in Volusia County.

Thank you, Wine to Water supporters!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Wine to Water on July 31 at The Elusive Grape. A great (grape!) time was had by all. The event raised $18,000 for our clients, specifically to help pay their water bills and help them stay in their homes.
Special thank you to Bill Budzinski for the amazing service and fabulous wine and gifts in the store’s beautiful space.
Thanks to all of our sponsors who made this year a great success:
Champagne Sponsors:  Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida, Morgan Stanley Derek S Mears, CFP, CIMA, Light Works, Ann Colwell, and  The Elusive Grape.
Merlot Sponsors: Fred Bondesen and  The Rotary Club of Downtown De Land. Rosé Sponsors: Anne H. Stevenson C.P.A., P.A.,  Cool Pools By Larry, Inc.,  Dreggors, Rigsby & Teal, First Congregational United Church of Christ,  Hill & Hollis Enterprises, Dr. Terry Soule,  Total Comfort.
Chardonnay Sponsors:  DeLand Breakfast Rotary – Wild Game Feast,  Rotary Club of DeLand, Rick Broward, Cohen, Smith & Company, P.A., Ed Lacey, and  VP Communications.
In-Kind/Raffle Sponsors: Dade Service Corporation,  Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe,  Jordan Health Clinic & Day Spa, Woodland Towers, Suzy Smith, Gery Walker, and Dorothy Myers.
Thank you to the  The Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand for the fantastic food and amazing service, too! We also appreciate all the volunteers and our friends who supported the event.

Thrift Shop Grand Opening Success!

Thank you to all who attended our June 20 grand opening of the new thrift store! We had a great crowd, with attendance from many of our board members, volunteers, DeLand Area Chamber members, DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, DeLand Commissioner Jessica Davis, DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger, and several members of our team.

Guests enjoyed refreshments followed by lots of shopping, of course! Be sure to visit our new Thrift Store Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. (note the new schedule). It’s right next door to our main office on S. Woodland Blvd.

Shop happy, shop often!

 

 

Wine to Water Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Wine to Water on July 31 at The Elusive Grape. A great (grape!) time was had by all. The event raised $18,000 for our clients, specifically to help pay their water bills and help them stay in their homes.

Special thank you to Bill Budzinski for the amazing service and fabulous wine and gifts in the store’s beautiful space.

Thanks to all of our sponsors who made this year a great success:

Champagne Sponsors: Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida, Morgan Stanley Derek S Mears, CFP, CIMA, Light Works, Ann Colwell, and The Elusive Grape.

Merlot Sponsors: Fred Bondesen and The Rotary Club of Downtown De Land. Rosé Sponsors: Anne H. Stevenson C.P.A., P.A.Cool Pools By Larry, Inc.Dreggors, Rigsby & Teal, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Hill & Hollis Enterprises, Dr. Terry Soule, Total Comfort.

Chardonnay Sponsors: DeLand Breakfast Rotary – Wild Game FeastRotary Club of DeLand, Rick Broward, Cohen, Smith & Company, P.A., Ed Lacey, and VP Communications.

In-Kind/Raffle Sponsors: Dade Service Corporation, Kermit’s Key West Key Lime ShoppeJordan Health Clinic & Day Spa, Woodland Towers, Suzy Smith, Gery Walker, and Dorothy Myers.

Thank you to the The Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand for the fantastic food and amazing service, too! We also appreciate all the volunteers and our friends who supported the event.

Backpack Give-Away Success

Another successful backpack giveaway is in the books for the City of DeLand, and The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is thrilled to have been a part of it. We collected scissors to give away, provided volunteers, and organized healthcare providers to set up as vendors during the event.

The City gave away about 1,000 backpacks on August 5, and YOU and the Neighborhood Center helped!

We wish everyone a productive and happy school year.

(Photo courtesy of City of DeLand/Chris Graham)

Tickets on Sale Now for July 31 “Wine to Water” Fundraiser

Tickets are on sale now at The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia (434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand) and at The Elusive Grape (133 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand) for “Wine to Water” – a popular fundraiser for The Neighborhood Center, organized by DeLand-area Rotary Clubs and hosted by The Elusive Grape.

Proceeds from each ticket sold will go to The Neighborhood Center to help prevent homelessness. Each ticket pays water bills for two families for a month.
The Wine to Water fundraiser will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, July 31, 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.

Wine to Water sponsors are Mainstreet Community Bank; Morgan Stanley/Derek S. Mears; LightWork Managed Services; Ann Colwell; Dade Service Corporation; Anne H. Stevenson, CPA, PA; Cohen, Smith & Company, P.A.; Cool Pools by Larry; Terry R. Soule, D.D.S.; Dreggors, Rigsby & Teal, P.A.; Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand; The Elusive Grape; Hill & Hollis; First Congregational UCC Lake Helen; Total Comfort; Rick Broward; Bondesen Automotive; Ed Lacey; Rotary Club of DeLand.

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Thrift Store Grand Opening Tuesday, June 20

Who: The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Board of Directors and staff, City of DeLand officials, donors and contractors.

What: Grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Thrift Store at 428 S. Woodland Blvd. The purpose of the thrift store is to create a sustainable, optimized revenue source for the agency while offering low-cost, quality clothing, furniture and household items to the community. The thrift store is 3,000 square feet and includes offices and a conference room. The project was completed by Marshall B. Bone, Inc., State Certified General Contractor.

When: 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Where: The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Thrift Store, 428 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand More about The Neighborhood Center’s thrift store conversion: The thrift store’s former location, behind the main agency building at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., is being converted to a 20-bed “bridge housing” (transitional housing) facility. It’s scheduled to open in fall 2017. The new beds 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 addition of the 20 beds will make The Neighborhood Center the largest nonprofit housing agency in Volusia County, Florida.

Register teams today for April 8 Wiffle Ball Tournament

Teams of families, friends, neighborhoods and communities are invited to assemble a team and join in the fun of the 3rd Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament to benefit The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. The event will take place from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Fan Central Station, 614 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand.

Each team must have at least five players, and the entry fee is $125 per team. An unlimited number of teams may register; players must be 18 years or older.

All players will receive complementary lunch with their team registration. Spectators are welcome and spectator lunches will be available for purchase during the event.

Contact Tammy Horn, tlhorn@havenhospice.org or 386-337-2701, to register or for more information.

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.