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Donate Now to Change the Life of a Homeless Person

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Help change homelessness in Volusia County

We need you to help us transform lives in Volusia County.

Hundreds of people in our county sleep outside in the cold, the wind, the rain, and vulnerable to the dangers of the streets.

Help us give them a warm, safe place to live as they stabilize their lives and move into housing.

There is a critical lack of emergency shelter space for adult homeless persons within Volusia County. On any given day there are an estimated 900 single homeless men and women and few emergency shelter beds in our area for these homeless individuals.

  • Shelter is the First Step, a place to assess and temporarily house people. Our staff work with each individual to overcome underlying issues and find permanent housing.
  • Local hospitals, law enforcement, criminal justice, and mental health providers estimate the financial burden of the homeless on our community is over 20 million dollars each year. This is the cost of doing nothing. First Step Shelter is saving tax dollars even as we help to transform lives.
First Step Shelter is a non-profit organization that opened its doors on Dec. 16, 2019. Like all the shelters and services to homeless people in Volusia County, we receive government funding. However, that funding is not nearly enough for us to fill the shelter to capacity. We currently have funding for 45 residents when the shelter can hold 120. With your help, we can get more people off the streets and moving toward a stable way of life off the streets. Please join us in our service to Volusia's homeless. You can help us make Volusia a great place to live for everyone!
If you prefer to mail your donation please send it to: First Step Shelter Inc. PO Box 12040, Daytona Beach, Florida 32120



Your donation will be used to provide furnishings first, any remaining funds will be directed to our general fund for operating expenses.

First Step Shelter Inc. is a qualified 501(c)3 tax exempt organization EIN#81-3976095. Contributions to First Step Shelter Inc. are tax deductible within the limits of current federal and Florida state law. For more information, please consult with your tax advisor.

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-435-7532 (800-HELP-FLA), OR VISITING www.800helpfla.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Florida Registration #CH54188