DREAMS DO COME TRUE — Dr. Joyce Cusack and Resource Center Director Shilretha Dixon Sept. 11 pose with a sign made for Cusack by a 9-year-old member of the Boys & Girls Club, a youth organization only a block away from the Dr. Joyce M. Cusack Resource Center. “Years from now, when someone says Joyce Cusack, that name sounds familiar — you tell them to come down to Spring Hill, where there is a building with my name on it,” Cusack told an audience of dignitaries, family, friends and supporters. “I love all of you.”

Locals can learn how to access social services during a free Strive to Thrive/Partnering for Prosperity event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Dr. Joyce M. Cusack Resource Center, 481 W. Mathis St., DeLand.

Numerous agencies will be on-site to provide information about their services and explain how to apply for them.

Participating agencies include the Spring Hill Resource Center, the Florida Department of Children and Families, CareerSource Flagler Volusia, The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia County, Early Learning Coalition, and the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. Additionally, Volusia County staff will provide information about community assistance, library services, animal services, Votran, parks and recreation, and the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension.

Strive to Thrive, launched by Volusia County and the City of DeLand in 2020, brings added focus and attention to the needs of DeLand’s Spring Hill community. Partnering for Prosperity is a collaboration of social-service providers that works with county residents to alleviate financial and other hardships.

For more information, contact Jinni Marcellus, Volusia County’s caseworker supervisor, at 386-254-4675, ext. 14136, or jmarcellus@volusia.org.

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— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews


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