Hurricane Irma Matching Challenge Grant
I’m excited to share that St. John’s Episcopal Church in Naples is presenting a $23,000 Challenge Grant to St. Mathew’s House to be matched by your gifts to help Hurricane Irma victims.
Since Irma, we have served many thousands of meals at our two shelters. Power company workers from all over the country bunked side by side with folks whose homes were ravaged. Our Immokalee Friendship House and Naples shelters received shipment after shipment of food, water, and relief items which were distributed to hundreds of families who had lost everything.
Our Justin’s Place Recovery clients loaded into vans and traveled to the hardest hit victims in East Naples and Everglades City, to help wherever it was needed. Many of our neighbors there are still without homes or food, so the work continues every day.
Our catering company, Delicious by Design, began feeding first responders and FEMA representatives alongside our clients within the first two hours after the storm, and continuously since.
We Need Your Help
St. Matthew’s House does not receive government funding. Our social enterprises create most of the revenue that supports our life-changing work. All generous donations from the community, every penny of which goes to client services, rounds out our revenue. While we have lost over $500,000 of this revenue, and many of our facilities sustained damage, we look back at Hurricane Irma with immense pride. Our dedicated team rose to the occasion, and our loving community stood beside us, with the incredible support and dedication for which we are eternally grateful.