What is Matthew’s Hope?

How We Began

Matthew’s Hope started as a response to bad weather in 2010, when the temperature dipped below 39 degrees. The dangerous weather prompted our founder, Pastor Scott Billue, to ask churches in the area to temporarily house the homeless population caught outside.

The West Orange Church of Christ eagerly agreed and over the course of three months, let people sleep, eat and stay warm inside their building, sometimes days at a time.
Karen Gowing heard about the freeze warning ministry and volunteered to help, cleaning bathrooms and helping to feed the people. When the temperatures warmed up, Pastor Scott and Karen could not just walk away from the obvious ongoing needs of the homeless community.
They helped to create Matthew’s Hope, building on the successful foundation of volunteers and church partnership.

Listen to a podcast featuring Pastor Scott, our founder, as he explains how we started, what we’re doing now and where we’re going next.

Who We Are Today

First, Matthew’s Hope is a ministry that shows the love, mercy and grace of Jesus Christ to those people in West Orange county who are structurally challenged.
We are a facilitator of opportunity.
Matthew’s Hope benefits from more than 50,000 volunteer hours a year and works with more than 60 churches, civic organizations and area businesses. Together, we love the homeless community of West Orange County and help move our guests forward.
We receive no government funding.
Based in Winter Garden, we are a fully Independent 501(c)3 Non-Profit Homeless Outreach completely funded and supported by the local community.

What We Do

Volunteers of Matthew’s Hope help connect our guests with various resources and services such as:

  • medical, dental and optical assistance

  • mental health care

  • Florida ID’s, birth certificates & licensesMCShaving1

  • social security and VA benefits

  • emergency & cold weather shelter

  • transitional housing

  • mail service

  • food pantry

  • food stamps

  • phones

  • showers

  • laundry services

  • haircuts

  • clothing

  • shoes

  • tents

  • bikes

  • hygiene products

  • and much more.

However, we believe in offering a hand up, not just a hand out. Learn more about our points system for a better understanding of how we do this.

Why We Do It

Our mission and our name comes from the Gospel according to Matthew, specifically Matthew 25:35-40:
“‘For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.’”

Matthew's Hope Ministries, Inc.

Administrative Offices
523 South Woodland Street
Winter Garden, FL  34787
Emergency Line:  (407) 461-2625
Phone:  (407) 905-9500
Email:   info@matthewshopeministries.org 

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.


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