St. Matthew’s House Cold Weather Procedures
“No blanket, no nothing. I couldn’t sleep good last night either. I was freezing to death. I didn’t think it was going to get cold this year.”
Armando, homeless person in Naples
When there is severe weather, St. Matthew’s House provides additional beds at our shelters in Naples and Immokalee. During cold weather (50 degrees or lower) or adverse weather (high winds, persistent rain or tropical storms) we are able to add more beds. During Hurricane Irma, we doubled our normal capacity at Immokalee Friendship House to over 70, and our Naples shelter was able to house an additional people as well. Also, during the wildfires of 2017, we added beds as the smoke was a serious issue for people with respiratory issues. This week we will be opening extra beds at both shelters due to the cold weather.
We will provide blankets, sleeping bags, coats, and hot meals to people living in the woods or cars.
We Need Your Help
During this cold spell, we are in need of adult jackets. Many of the homeless visitors to the Justin’s Place feeding ministry and the shelters do not have warm clothing, and we are anticipating a need for adult jackets for people visiting Immokalee Friendship House because the temperature and wind chill is colder than in Naples.
You can drop off your donation at 2601 Airport Road South in Naples from Monday – Saturday from 8 AM – 4 PM
“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.” – Matthew 25:35-36