The Family Stability Program, operated by Catholic Charities of Central Florida, helps to prevent homelessness in Volusia County.  The program has three goals: serve the working poor who experience a crisis and are seeking financial assistance to remain in their homes, provide important resources to people in need who are facing the threat of eviction or other crisis and provide services that are convenient for people in need to access.

In order to help more people access their services, the Family Stability Program has introduced a new concept with a focus on mobile case management. This approach will provide vital services to people when and where they are needed most. David Van Dyke has served Catholic Charities for 15 years as a case manager and continues in the role with this new approach.

“There are many working poor in Volusia County in need of our services. We are here to help them make a plan of action so that a difficult situation such as an illness or major car repair does not cause someone to become homeless,” said Van Dyke.

As a case manager, Van Dyke receives calls from people in need and assesses their situation to determine if they qualify for the Family Stability Program’s financial and other support services. If they qualify, he schedules an appointment at a location that is close to their home or work.

Van Dyke has four offices located in three churches and a thrift store in Volusia County: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Smyrna, St. Clare in Deltona and Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Ormond Beach and The Hand Me Up Store in Ormond Beach. He is hoping to make his services available at more locations in Volusia County.

“We seek to be the compassionate and merciful face of Jesus Christ in our community. It’s our calling to serve people in need, regardless of religious affiliation, so that God’s love can reach out beyond the walls of church,” said Gary Tester, executive director of Catholic Charities of Central Florida.

Catholic Charities of Central Florida moved out of their office on White Street in Daytona Beach on April 30 after selling the space to Daytona Beach State College.

Call 407-797-1281 to contact David Van Dyke to request services from the Family Stability Program for Homeless Prevention in Volusia County.