Those who do not have a regular place to sleep numbered 333.
A stop at House of Doggs for a meal, coffee and a place to sit for a while is a welcome respite for the homeless and McAllister welcomes each visitor and treats them with dignity.
“It’s a lot different than what they might experience elsewhere,” said Ryan Hannon, the street outreach coordinator for Goodwill Industries of Northwest Michigan. “He’s the only one that I’m aware of that has a fund for that purpose.”
McAllister acknowledged some customers voice concern about sharing restaurant space with the homeless. But he considers those comments an opportunity for learning.
“I’ve had a couple of customers, they were offended by a homeless person in our restaurant; one where his child was upset,” McAllister said. “I said, ‘This would be a perfect opportunity to have a heart-to-heart talk with your child. Any one of us could be in their shoes in the blink of an eye.”