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Halifax Urban Ministries names new executive director

Halifax Urban Ministries names new executive director

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DAYTONA BEACH – The Board of Directors of Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) has announced that Mark Geallis will become the executive director of the organization, beginning Aug. 15.

Geallis had over 30 years of business leadership experience before he heard the call from God to enter ministry in 2009.  He came to HUM in 2012 as director of community relations and development after working as a church missions and outreach director and becoming an ordained minister upon receiving his degree in biblical studies. 

HUM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and a Special Advance ministry of the Florida Conference, Fund No. 510016, provides homelessness prevention and intervention services through Volusia and Flagler counties.  Primary programs are:

  • the Feed a Family Homeless Prevention Program that distributes over 500 tons of food annually, helping keep families living below the poverty line in their homes by reducing their grocery bill, leaving more funds for housing;

  • the HUM Family Shelter, which provides emergency and transitional housing to over 90 families with children each year;

  • the Bridge of Hope daily hot meal program, which provides over 144,000 meals to people in need each year;

  • homeless assistance services at the HUM Center, which include laundry, showers, case management, mail acceptance, ID applications, clothing, computer access, plus other basic services.

Mark Geallis holding paper grocery bag marked with letters HUM
Mark Geallis

In addition, HUM has forged partnerships with community organizations and faith groups to provide on-site medical and mental health services, cold weather shelters, utility and rent assistance and more.

Rev. Troy Ray, HUM's executive director for the past 12 years, is leaving to become executive director of a faith-based nonprofit organization called Open Arms International, a ministry in Kenya, Africa, that rescues orphaned babies and children and places them in foster homes, educates them and helps them to grow up with love, security and faith. 

The HUM Board of Directors is confident of a smooth transition in leadership because of Gaellis' experience with the organization and focus on its mission.

Board Chairperson Ted Serbousek said, “I have great confidence that Mark can provide the inspired leadership that HUM needs and deserves.” 

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