At right: Calvary Christian Center's Daytona Dream Center team hosts a back-to-school cookout for homeless families with children at Family Renew Community's Holly Hill Residential Campus in August.
Calvary Christian Center in October joined Family Renew Community as its newest faith-based trustee, pledging financial support and member engagement in the organization’s mission of housing homeless families with children and equipping them with tools to be self-sufficient.
A vibrant house of worship, Calvary Christian Center believes in the full power of God and experiencing God in amazing ways. Reaching out to homeless families by becoming a trustee of Family Renew Community is an example of Calvary Christian's commitment to enacting change in the community.
Calvary Christian Center's members worship at its 1687 W. Granada Blvd. complex in Ormond Beach and campuses in New Smyrna Beach and Orlando. It is now among 22 religious congregations in Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Holly Hill and DeLand that are part of Family Renew Community. These faith-based trustees include congregations of diverse Christian denominations, as well as Jewish and Unitarian Universalist communities.
According to Tony Deobil, Family Renew Community's executive director, this collaboration fosters a truly holistic approach to homelessness restoration which includes ministering to families’ psychological, emotional, financial, housing, educational, vocational and spiritual needs. “Being an extension of the local churches like Calvary Christian Center allows us to maximize on the influence and strength of our trustee churches,” he said.
Family Renew Community, founded in 1989, is a United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties community impact partner. The organization houses homeless families with children in 32 apartments at residential campuses in Holly Hill, Daytona Beach and DeLand. Its housing programs require residents’ participation in services to promote family well-being and strengthen parents’ employment, money management and life skills to prepare for the move into affordable housing of their own.