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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

Thanksgiving Day is here! Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed the overflowing kindness and generosity of the Southwest Florida community. We will serve a record number of people through our turkey distributions and Thanksgiving meals this year. As of November 21, we have distributed over 1,700 turkeys to the most needy and vulnerable among us.  We have received over 1,100 additional turkeys on top of the 1,500 provided by Capital Wealth Advisors.   If you’d like to learn more about all of our Thanksgiving activities, click here for a recap.

A Placemat of Hope


On Thanksgiving Day, those who visit the Campbell Lodge in Naples for turkey and all of the fixings will be served by volunteers at their table.  At each table setting will be a placemat created by a local student, volunteer, or supporter. Ken, a former St. Matthew’s House resident, wrote this personal note on the placemat he mailed in:

Just a little hope and encouragement for your Thanksgiving!  I just celebrated 32 years clean and sober in August of 2018.  In July of 1998, I moved to the Naples area from Ohio.  I soon lost my job and went on unemployment. I was broke and homeless and found myself as a resident of St. Matthew’s House.  I was really blue, but through it all I kept my sobriety.  Believe me, I know the true meaning of Thanksgiving!

I now have a home in Estero which would not have been possible if I picked up a drink. I am grateful for sobriety!  I’ve retired after 11 years of employment at a popular Naples company. I obtained this job while I was a resident at St. Matthew’s House.

Hope your day is good!  Don’t drink! Go to meetings!

Ken – Former Resident of St. Matthew’s House, Bunk #39

We hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

 

 

Thanksgiving Recap

Annual Turkey Drop


Naples Turkey Distribution Recap

Fort Myers Turkey Distribution Recap

 

St. Matthew’s House in the News

Collier nonprofit groups cook hundreds of Thanksgiving meals for residents

https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/2018/11/21/feeding-flock-collier-nonprofits-cook-hundreds-thanksgiving-day-meals/2001603002/

Editorial: Kudos for caring about the hungry on this Thanksgiving

https://www.naplesnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2018/11/21/thanksgiving-feed-hungry-school-districts-nonprofit-lee-collier-county/2058961002/

St. Matthew’s House needs your help to provide Thanksgiving for thousands

https://www.marconews.com/story/life/2018/11/16/st-matthews-house-needs-your-help-holiday-season/2010693002/

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Our shelter has an urgent need for hygiene items:
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Donations can be dropped off at our Naples shelter (2001 Airport Rd S, Naples, FL 34112).

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Dear St. Matthew’s House Supporters,

I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you as current supporters of our mission. We wanted you to be among the very fi rst to know that St. Matthew’s House is introducing a fresh new look through a refreshed brand and logo.

For over 35 years, St. Matthew’s House leaders, staff, volunteers and donors have followed Jesus as called in Matthew 25:40 - transformed thousands of lives - and established the "Heart of St. Matthew's House." As we launch this new look, we honor that foundation and build upon it for the future.

This July we launch our new logo, website, and other collateral materials. We remain committed to the 35-year track record of our faith-based mission serving those experiencing hunger, homelessness or addiction in a way that relaunches their lives. 

Together we provide hope and healing to those experiencing some of life’s most challenging circumstances to assure they are not alone or without a pathway for their journey from crisis to contributor. The work of St. Matthew’s House includes the five pillars of food assistance, homeless shelters, addiction recovery, transitional housing and workforce development.

The new logo carries forward the iconic “Heart of St. Matthew’s House” but now the heart is encircled by an arrow that points to a “pathway” and symbolizes forward movement in our participant’s lives. Its vibrant look conveys the innovative, caring and collaborative nature of St. Matthew’s House. A new tagline states “Journey Together” as an invitation to join with St. Matthew’s House in cultivating communities where people in crisis are progressively seen, accepted, challenged and supported.

Over the summer months, if you are in Naples, you will begin to see the application of the new logo on signage at St. Matthew’s House properties as well as in our communications. We also hope you check out the fresh new look of www.stmatthewshouse.org.
As the summer goes on, you'll also begin to see a refreshed look to our thrift stores and other social enterprises as well!

Sincerely,

Steve Brooder
CEO
St. Matthew’s House
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Recently, our previous board chairman, Joe Trachtenberg, stopped by our headquarters to deliver a $15,000 check to our CEO, Steve Brooder, on behalf of Victaulic Inc. and the Edward T. Bedford Foundation.

This generosity deserves our immense gratitude, so thank you! 

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