Generous gift rescues homeless shelter

DAYTONA BEACH – Leaders and supporters of Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) are thanking God and breathing a sigh of relief after receiving a generous gift that made up for the loss of a federal grant that provided a substantial share of the organization’s budget.

“Isn’t God amazing?” said Mark Geallis, HUM’s community relations and development director, in an email to Florida Conference Connection. 

Common area of HUM family shelter
Families in need can continue to seek temporary shelter at Halifax Urban Ministries, thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor. Photo from Halifax Urban Ministries.

The loss of the $80,000 grant threatened to close an emergency shelter for 24 families that operates on an annual budget of $260,000. The shelter is part of a nonprofit effort started by Methodists to aid families in need. Many United Methodist churches in the East Central District continue to support the ministry with funding and donations of food and clothing, and the ministry receives funding through the Florida Conference via Advance Special 510016.

After local media put the word out, a community resident who asked to remain anonymous called and offered to make up the entire shortfall created by the loss of the grant.

“This anonymous gift is another amazing example of how God provides,” Geallis said. ”He has repeatedly blessed Halifax Urban Ministries in amazing ways every time challenges look impossible to overcome. … We also know that God works through people and has shown His presence and affirmed our work through this blessing.”

HUM estimates there are 17,500 families in need in its service area of Volusia County and part of neighboring Flagler County.
“As federal dollars move in other directions, we must step up to take care of each other, and we have faith that as Americans and as a community we will do so,” Geallis said.

To read a Daytona Beach News-Journal article about the donation, click here.


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