Irma Strikes; St. Matthew’s House Unites
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, St. Matthew’s House is still working to provide the community with water, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and pet food.
There has been a constant flow of people coming to the St. Matthew’s House Headquarters where we have been distributing these items since Irma. Groups of our staff, volunteers and residents have also traveled to different communities across Collier County to give assistance with supplies and cleanup.
Organizations from across the country and state have been donating their time and resources to our post-Irma aid efforts.
On Wednesday September 27, Rep. Francis Rooney volunteered and handed out supplies to a packed parking lot of cars waiting for their turn to receive assistance. Rep. Rooney expressed his support and gratitude for our mission.
A group of eight men from the Indiana-based Wheeler Mission Ministries drove down shortly after the hurricane to help with our efforts. Brandon Andrews, director of the Wheeler Mission Men’s Residential Center, coordinated with St. Matthew’s House to aid our ministry. “My heart just goes out to the poor because the people down here with money build with cement, so the hurricane isn’t a big of a deal,” said Andrews. “These guys – if they get to leave – everything is gone when they come back.”