As The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia 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.