ST. MATTHEW'S HOUSE INC

Rating: 4.71 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 2001 Airport Road S Naples FL 34112 USA

Mission: The Mission of St. Matthew's House is to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as provide housing for the homeless and food for the needy.
Results: In FY 2013 215 individuals on average called St. Matthew's House home each night. We served over 300,000 hot meals and distributed over 8,000 bags of groceries. Our Administrative costs account for only 5% of our total expenditures and our Social Enterprises covered 92% of that expense.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 8000 bags of groceries, 376,000 hot meals served, 215 individuals call us home each night
Programs: 1) We are the only free feeding ministry in Naples. 2) Food Pantry: 3) Homeless shelter for men, women and families 4) Substance Abuse Live-In Recovery Program and a Women's Recovery Program 5) Transitional Apartment Housing: 46 apartments. We maintain 2 Social Enterprises that provides on the job training for residents and contributes toward operating expenses: - Two Thrift Stores in Naples, One in Bonita Springs & One in Immokalee - SMH Catering

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Rating: 5 stars  

Twenty-five years ago, I showed up at St. Matthew's House just out of prison with a hard case of the cocaine blues. I had nowhere to turn and I just wanted to die. I had never been homeless, never been in jail; knew no one in Naples. It was as far away from civilization as I could get. I didn't even know how to ask for help. The Salvation Army told me about St. Matt's. I wandered over to the "old house" (fire station) where this guy named Bill Wilson (truth) came out and introduced himself. Told me that I needed an ID. I walked in some ill-fitting hard soled shoes from the fire house all the way to the North Trail, old Social Security office, then to the Highway Patrol Station, on Davis at the time, to get a photo ID. By the time I got back to St. Matt's, my shoes were filled with blood from the broken blisters on my feet. John Coolidge met me at the back door and interviewed me. He told me this is where I needed to be and it was. Three months later, I had a job with the county, an apartment and some distance between myself and the cocaine. I have never used again thanks to St. Matthew's House.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Turn no one away.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

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Rating: 5 stars  

This week, I celebrate six years clean from cocaine. If it wasn't for St Matthew's house, I don't know where I'd be today. I was pregnant, scared and alone. I began to work to better myself. The structure, meetings and resources given to me helped me to rebuild my life. I am forever grateful for the work you do! God bless you!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

My family has been forever changed by the commitment of Justin's place to change the lives of those that others have considered hopeless. I have been a front line witness to Gods grace and boundless mercy embodied in the St Matthews Programs.
I cannot thank each of the doners or volunteers personally, but please know your efforts have saved our family. We are so blessed, all hope had been lost, but then total strangers made us family and restored us. Thank you

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to St.Matthews House out of necessity, ashamed and hopeless. I desperately wanted to piece my life back together, but had no idea where to start. The Justin's Place Women's Program, not only gave me a safe and secure setting, but began to teach me a new way of life. They have helped me reconnect with my family, regain self worth, and find purpose. St.Matthew's House exemplafies the love of Christ through practical application of meeting basic needs. It has saved my life and provided me with the opportunity for a future.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like to see more beds available for homeless females.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

I came to St. Matthew's House broken and in desperate need of help. They took me in, fed me, and taught me how to live again. I will forever be grateful for the second, third, and fourth chance they gave me. When they never gave up on me despite my shortcomings I knew there was something special about this place. My life has been on track for the last two years and I am truly free to experience joy today. Thank you St. Matthew's House donors, volunteers and staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Broaden the impact to other counties.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen many lives changed by the mission of St. Matthews House and Justin's Place. What a blessing for those it connects with and changes as well as those that are on the edge of helping and watching God's grace at work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks Nicole. None of what we do could happen without dedicated volunteers like you. We stand with you in appreciation for the opportunity to witness God's grace.

Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a former client, resident, and God seeker of Justin's Place a faith based rehab at St Matt's I have much gratitude for them. St. Matt's on a daily basis touches many, and definitely touched me. My life has changed for the better, and I could not have done it with out the non-judging support of St. Matthew's House and Justin's Place. Thank you, Don S.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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