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Alliance Church Shelters Homeless

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Ormond Beach (Florida) Alliance Church has doubled as a homeless shelter since 2008. Pastor Doug Hautz began this ministry partly by accident and partly because he was inspired by A. B. Simpson, who cared for those who had nothing.

“Instead of inviting people to my church, I needed to be a supply for a need in my community,” Doug says.

A Place to Rest

One cold, rainy day in Florida, Doug and another pastor were meeting when two homeless men came in asking for money. One of them was wearing flip flops because his sneakers and socks were soaked.

The other pastor decided to take the man to buy new footwear. Doug realized that the best thing he could give these men was a place to rest.

The two pastors went to another church that collects blankets for the homeless and borrowed a few for the night. The four of them spent the night in Doug’s church together.

Ministry Growth

When the shelter at Ormond Beach Alliance Church first started, it housed people only when the temperature was below 40 degrees. This changed when Doug drove to his home on a hot, rainy day and discovered 10 men finding shelter under his carport.

The church now houses people year round. The congregation also provides job-hunting services and legal help to the 28 residents. Doug has helped with so many of their court cases that many of the judges know him by name.

A Second Chance

A variety of people have benefitted from the shelter, including drug addicts, runaways, and veterans.

Alliance Church Shelters Homeless
Pastor Doug Hautz hugs one of the homeless men that lives at the Ormond Beach Alliance Church and serves as the main cook. Photo courtesy of The Daytona Beach News-Journal/Lola Gomez.
One of the residents, Daniel, traveled to Florida from Massachusetts in search of a better life. He explained how he was placed in the foster care system when he was eight years old after one of his sisters passed away.

Eventually, a family took him in, provided for him through his teens, and involved him in sports, which became his life’s passion.

In his sophomore year of college, Daniel was unable to play sports due to the amount of work he was doing for school and his job. He still did not have anyone he considered family. To fill the void, he got into drugs and alcohol.

He eventually realized he needed to remove himself from that lifestyle before getting into serious trouble. So he saved as much money as he could and made his way to Florida.

Through the support of Ormond Beach Alliance, Daniel now has a job and actively participates in Bible studies at the church.

Another resident was kicked out of his home and lost his job simultaneously. He had no family in the area and had never been on the streets. Scared, he rode his bike to the Salvation Army in hopes of attaining shelter.

The Salvation Army couldn’t take him in, so the staff referred him to Doug’s church. He recounted how blessed he felt to be in a place that allowed him to stay until he got back on his feet.

Doug looks for any opportunity to present the good news to the residents. Much of the time, the way he does so is through his actions.

Doug also has been able to share the gospel with two prostitutes who have been living in the church. One of them handed him a piece of paper on Christmas Eve thanking him for being the only man who never wanted anything from her.

Uniting the Community

Many people in Ormond Beach know about the Alliance church’s services, which has led to businesses picking up residents as day laborers and to other congregations donating food or some of their offerings to Ormond Beach Alliance.

Many churches in the area have become united because of this ministry. One example is the collaborative funeral held for a homeless man who had come to the shelter. The service was packed for a man who may have otherwise died in anonymity.

Doug doesn’t believe he is doing anything revolutionary. “It’s just treating people as humans—the ones that God created,” he says. “It’s amazing how God loves us.”

Learn More

Read an article about the Ormond Beach Alliance Church shelter published by The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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8 responses to Alliance Church Shelters Homeless

  1. It really is about seeing people differently. Simpson saw Italian dock workers as people for whom Jesus died.

    Too many churches see “the homeless” as drains on society, moochers, and ne’er-do-wells. We don’t use the term. They are one of us.

    Since the article was written a few of the guys found a supply of paint at the landfill. Within a day and a half, I had the soffit and facia of the church painted. It’s gorgeous.

    By the way …my children gave benefited. My son Dustin is a high school senior. We embarked on this journey when he was in 4th grade.

    It does take the entire congregation. There are challenging days and challenging people. What church doesn’t have them?

  2. Good work. There was alot of support for the homeless population in New Smyrna Beach where I lived in Federal Housing after the hurricanes.
    I now live in Ormond Beach.
    Where is the Alliance Church. I would like to visit sometime.

  3. Thanks Judy…It takes the cooperation and love of the entire congregation. Unlike Simpson and Thirteenth Street Presbyterian, I have received very little push back. Our people embrace that we are bringing the Gospel to a segment of our culture that would never hear. There is no separate class. In fact we don’t call them “homeless” …they are part of us. Since the writing of the article, 2 people found a supply of paint in our county’s local landfill. It’s free. Another 4 guys (after the color was determined by the ladies) painted all the soffit and facia. It’s gorgeous and has saved the church a ton of money. It angers me to hear Christians call these folks …lazy …or druggies. They are loved by the Father!

  4. How exciting to read of this pastor’s compassion and inspired by the founder of the C&MA. A.B. Simpsons vision lives on.

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