Crisis Response

Delivering immediate aid to those experiencing homelessness, hunger, and addiction.

Outreach Meals

Since our founding in 1988, St. Matthew’s House hasn’t missed a day of serving outreach meals.

Outreach meals are served three times a day in East Naples and Immokalee to anyone in need, regardless of their circumstances. When combined with our residential programs, St. Matthew’s House serves more than 300,000 hot meals every year.

By meeting immediate needs for individuals in crisis, it is our hope that relationships formed around the tables would create motivation to seek holistic transformation through St. Matthew’s House and our partners.

Food Pantry

The St. Matthew’s House food pantry exists to serve individuals and families who may not be homeless or in need of residential services, but still struggle to make ends meet.

Our program provides groceries and hygiene products through a client-choice pantry and drive-thru food distributions. Partnerships with Harry Chapin Food Bank, Midwest Food Bank Florida, retailers, food drives, and donors supply the food needed to operate. Each year, the St. Matthew’s House food pantry sees more than 170,000 visits from individuals and families in need.

Our goal is to meet immediate needs while also empowering individuals to achieve food security and overall well-being. In conjunction with community partners and the St. Matthew’s House Empowerment Hub, our pantry connects families with resources ranging from nutrition to financial literacy and entrepreneurship to promote economic stability and self-sufficiency long-term.

Intake/Crisis Coaching

St. Matthew’s House offers crisis coaching as the initial point of contact for individuals experiencing homelessness or addiction. Our team assess needs, provide information, determine eligibility, and connect prospective participants to needed resources, including St. Matthew’s House shelter and recovery programs.

This team serves as our organization’s liaison with community partners, collaborating with medical and mental health providers, law enforcement, schools, and other social service agencies to identify those in need of residential support and coordinate placement. In cases where our programs are at capacity or clients are ineligible, our crisis coaches work to find suitable alternative placements, ensuring that no one is left without assistance whenever possible.

Each year, St. Matthew’s House crisis coaching provides nearly 85,000 touchpoints with individuals or family members seeking support through our residential programs.

Jail Chaplaincy

The St. Matthew’s House jail chaplaincy is inspired by the teachings of Matthew 25, where Jesus instructs his disciples to visit those in prison. Dedicated to providing spiritual support and guidance, our chaplains offer compassionate care, counseling, and religious services to incarcerated individuals in Collier County and Hendry County jails.

With a focus on fostering hope, healing, and personal growth, our program seeks to address the holistic needs of inmates. Our chaplains also serve as liaisons between inmates and community resources, including other St. Matthew’s House programs, helping to facilitate reintegration upon release.

Each year, the St. Matthew’s House jail chaplaincy program facilitates more than 2,000 face-to-face interactions with inmates.

Follow us on Social

Last week, the CEO and Director of Development for the Citygate Network visited St. Matthew’s House to take a tour of Campbell Lodge and enjoy lunch at LuLu’s Kitchen.

We’re proud to be a distinguished accredited member of the Citygate Network.

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Thank you to the volunteer crew from @jwmarcoisland for recently helping out at our Golden Gate thrift store!

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Southwest Florida friends, we need your help!

Our shelter has an urgent need for hygiene items:
🔹 shampoo
🔹 conditioner
🔹 towels
🔹 toothbrushes
🔹 deodorant
🔹 and more!

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
Video Reels THANK YOU, MIDWEST FOOD BANK! 🫶 We’re so grateful to work alongside you striving to ensure that nobody goes without food in #SWFL.

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Carousel Join us on July 11, 2024, to celebrate the latest class of graduates from the #JustinsPlaceRecoveryProgram; we can’t wait! 💟

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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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