A Beacon of Hope for All People
913 East New York Avenue
What to Do When Life Falls Apart?
1. Pray and seek God for wisdom
2. Turn to your own family first. They know you best typically
3. Look to local agencies that are set up to help people in crisis
4. Turn to your local faith community for prayer support and suggestions.
5. Some churches have a benevolence fund, but usually it is limited and geared toward those in the faith community that are part of the local church
Below is a link to our county Human Services Page. There is a list of difference services they can help you with and those funds are made available through citizens who pay their taxes. If you do not qualify then turn back to your family and church for ideas and help.
May God lead you through your crisis to overcome and get back on your feet.
Are you or someone you know experiencing homelessness?
Whether you are newly homeless, chronically homeless, or at risk for losing your home, the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia can provide assistance and help you regain your independence.
We work with our community partners to meet our mission of feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and preventing homelessness in DeLand and West Volusia County.
Our housing programs
We provide emergency and transitional housing for homeless individuals and families in crisis. These programs provide a hand-up, not a hand-out as our clients receive life and job counseling and referrals in a supportive drug-and alcohol-free environment.
What our housing programs include:
434 S. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32720
Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program
The LIHEAP program provides energy assistance to eligible low-income households to alleviate financial burdens associated with their heating and cooling expenses such as electric, coal, propane and gas. Eligible applicants must have a utility account already established to receive services; they must bring a copy of their utility statement to the Human Services office.
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Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSSP)
The FSSP program is a voluntary program designed to assist low-income families to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Program participants can expect to receive fundamental financial and supportive services that will assist them to overcome barriers to obtain educational and/or employment goals.
Participants will also be referred to community partners to receive appropriate training and educational opportunities needed based upon each participant’s unique situation, need and goals. This is Human Services’ long-term assistance program, which is designed to alleviate poverty and provides greater financial assistance to clients.
Indigent Cremation or Burial
Human Services provides limited cremation and burial services to indigent people who pass away in Volusia County in accordance with Florida Statutory requirements. If you have a loved one who may be expiring soon or has recently passed and is low-income, please contact our DeLand office at 386-736-5956 to determine if your loved one may qualify for assistance. A funeral home or crematory will be assigned for the final services on a rotational basis.
Human Services will provide one-day Votran bus passes to eligible persons who need medical attention. Applicants must provide their appointment information by showing a physician’s or specialist’s appointment card with the applicant’s name, appointment date and appointment time. Human Services will approve a Votran bus pass only if the applicant’s appointment is the same day or next day; if the appointment is on a Monday, the person may apply for the pass on a Friday.
In addition to providing one-day Votran bus passes for applicants who need transportation for medical appointments, Human Services may also provide three-day, seven-day, or 30-day passes for eligible applicants who need ongoing medical attention or transportation to and from school or work. To receive a Votran bus pass for more than one day, the applicant must exhibit a form of a crisis (refer to the “Requirements of Eligibility” form) and have go through a regular interview process.
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