Pastor Scott Billue has been in full time ministry for more than 14 years after leaving a successful sales and marketing career of nearly 20 years. He says this happened because he was wrecked by James 1:22: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (New International Version).
Scott founded Matthew’s Hope on March 30, 2010 to help meet basic needs and lend a hand-up to homeless men, women and children of our community. The ministry now successfully moves people of West Orange county in Florida from homelessness into a life of independence and self-sustainability.
“The structurally challenged are a concern best addressed when the entire community comes together to meet the issue head on,” says Scott. “When we partner together, and each one of us does something, no matter how small, God uses us to accomplish great things.”
Scott recognizes that the homeless have been among us since biblical times, so he asks why anyone would think we could eradicate the fastest growing population in our society.
“We can no longer turn the other away, refuse to make eye contact, and pretend it’s just not our problem,” Scott says, “but we also cannot continue to throw money into a black hole.”
Matthew’s Hope is a facilitator of opportunity. Scott invites everyone: “Help us, help them, help themselves.”
In addition to providing showers, haircuts, and laundry services, Matthew’s Hope lends a hand-up to those in need of a Florida ID, birth certificate, Social Security card, veteran and Social Security benefits. The staff of Matthew’s Hope assist guests with legal issues, medical, dental, optical and mental health care.
The ministry also has a Montessori preschool, 15 transitional homes, a greenhouse featuring aquaponics and aeroponics, as well as a chemical-free garden.
523 South Woodland Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Emergency Line: (407) 461-2625
Phone: (407) 905-9500
Administrative Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday Ministries offered at the
Matthew's Hope Outreach Center
740 Ninth Street, east Winter Garden
each Tuesday between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.