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.”
The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia breaks ground on thrift shop Sept. 2
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 already is the major resource available for the numerous families who find themselves in homeless situations in the area. But, the need still far exceeds the present availability.
For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, visit www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org.
Photo cutline: 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.