Prince of Peace set to expand vital social services ministry

Prince of Peace Catholic ChurchPrince of Peace Catholic Church has moved another step closer to realizing a long-held dream. Bishop Noonan recently approved phase one of the parish's plan to build a comprehensive Social Services Ministry Building on the campus of the Ormond Beach community. Phase one will consist of the construction of a new and larger thrift store, which the parish hopes will serve as the basis for a future expansion that will incorporate the food pantry.

At a time when the economic recession has increased the need for help, the parish's existing thrift store and food pantry are facing the challenges of insufficient operating space. Prince of Peace currently leases its "Like New" thrift store from a nearby commercial plaza, and space limitations frequently force the staff and volunteers to turn away larger items, such as furniture. The food pantry is housed in the church's religious education building, with classrooms often doubling as storage rooms.

Fr. Bill Zamborsky, Pastor of Prince of Peace, anticipates that the new facility will not only broaden the parish's overall outreach capacity, but may also save the parish up to $40,000 annually in rental costs.

The Social Services Ministry began at the parish more than 25 years ago, and now distributes food, clothing and other basic necessities to more than 1,200 people each month. "Many new families and individuals who never needed help are now coming to us for assistance. Some are unemployed and able to work, but are having a difficult time finding available jobs." said Gretel Abad, Director of Social Services for Prince of Peace.

To help fund the construction of the new thrift shop, parishioners raised more than $1.4 million in cash and pledges through the Alive in Christ Capital Campaign. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2013.

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