The House Next Door Historical Overview

Two Human Resources Center counselor’s request the use of “the house next door” to the First Presbyterian Church of DeLand for a weekly teenage support group. Rev. Richard Hills grants them permission and makes a decision to study further use of the House.

First Presbyterian Church invests $26,000 to refurbish the building and provide space for what becomes known as The House Next Door.

The House Next Door is incorporated and begins to operate with a $4,000 grant from the Volusia County Mental Health Board, volunteers and Prevention initiative. Ann Rogers is employed as the first Executive Director. 

Additional mental health dollars from the District IV Mental Health Board provides funding for new adolescent programming.

Volusia County Drug Council awards The House Next Door drug abuse prevention dollars to implement the Alpha program.



A grant from the State of Florida’s Children, Youth and Families Program Office provides prevention funds to develop and initiate curriculum “Skills for Living” for adolescents at local schools.
The House Next Door conducts drug and alcohol survey with a prevention component sampling grades 7 through 12 of Volusia County Schools. Results of the survey prompt the Board of Directors to focus programs on family.

Arrangements with our local newspaper, The Beacon, established a weekly column, “Family Matters.”

The House Next Door provides training to Volusia County School personnel in a school team approach to students with drug and alcohol problems.
The House Next Door collaborates in a multi-agency formation of the Beta program for student drug and alcohol problems.
The House Next Door’s mental health dollars are converted to drug abuse prevention dollars by the State of Florida’s Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADMH) Program office.
The House Next Door conducts its first annual community wide fund drive.

The House Next Door receives its first direct Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services funding of drug abuse dollars.  
Created and facilitated the advocacy organization, Chemical People with the county and local task forces.
Additional drug abuse prevention dollars from the Human Resource Center fund the second Alpha Center for Volusia County.
The House Next Door expands and strengthens school based Parenting services countywide.

The first special event, a benefit auction, was held.

The agency enters into a partnership with the Stetson University Continuing Education to market Human Relations/Communication seminars to the business community.
Family Counseling services are expanded to address the waiting list for therapy services.
A Marriage Enrichment couples group is established.
The House Next Door reallocates resources to expand Alpha to an additional half time position with the Volusia County School Board contract.


The agency relocates from the original “House” to a new Home at 121 West Pennsylvania Avenue, the church’s parsonage vacated by the retiring Reverand Hugh Ash.
Our first Federal grant with the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention provides the funding for the “Prime Time” program, an in-home service to families.
A grant from the State Department of Education Prevention Center provides the funding for Alpha follow-up services to Alpha graduates.

The Volusia County School Board contracts for parent drug education and awareness.
The Chatlos Foundation funds services to pilot a Children Experiencing Loss support group.
The House Next Door creates the Intensive Parenting program which provides intervention services for parents.

The Clinical Director position is created to provide supervision for the Counseling Department.

New funding from the Volusia County Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Board for the Prime Time program allows the agency to continue the program.
The Nancy Reagan Foundation awards funding to enhance the Prime Time Program.

A joint venture of The House Next Door and I-Care entitled Deltona House opens to provide services for Southwest Volusia.
The Alpha/Beta program expands to Campbell Middle School in Daytona Beach.


Evaluation measures and quality improvement program are implemented to enhance program delivery, program outcomes and cultural sensitivity.
March of Dimes provided funding for parent support services at the DeLand Health Department.
A partnership with the Children’s Crisis Center initiates MOM and BABY series.
The DeLand Breakfast Rotary (DBR) creates a new fundraiser called “The Wild Game Feast” and designates The House Next Door as the beneficiary of the event.  The event is held at the Volusia County Fairgrounds and serves a large variety of wild game to the large crowd that attends.  DBR donates $12,000 to the agency.

 A modified Alpha program in Flagler County begins operations.
A Gualala Foundation $50,000 grant funds the creation of the Advanced Training Institute for Marriage and Family Therapy in collaboration with Stetson University’s Marriage and Family graduate program.  Six interns are enrolled in the first class.

The administrative offices are moved to a downtown location.
A two year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds a new initative focusing on health care for families and Hispanic residents. 
Identifying family violence as a growing concern, the Volusia County Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Board awards a four year grant to subsidize the Family Connections program.
A multi-agency project that includes Volusia County Schools, Florida Health and Rehabilitative Services and Volusia/Flagler Private Industry Council as funders, gives The House Next Door an opportunity to provide a family counseling component to Cooperative Alternative for Success (CAPS) program.

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