St. Matthew's House

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For over thirty years, St. Matthew's House has provided innovative solutions to fight homelessness, hunger, substance abuse, and poverty in Southwest Florida. We are a 501(c)(3) which does not depend upon government funding, and our 100% donation model allows all operating expenses to be covered by unique social enterprises.

Contact information

Mailing address:
St. Matthew's House
2001 Airport Road, S.
Naples, FL 34112


Phone: 239-774-0500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 651110501

CEO/President: Steven Brooder

Chairman: Rick Fumo

Board size: 18

Founder: Dr. John A. Lindell

Ruling year: 2002

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2019


To become a model agency to provide services and resources to serve the least of these while seeking to expand the capacity to meet present and future needs in the most effective and efficient manner.

Mission statement

To change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined as we provide housing for those experiencing homelessness, food for those experiencing hunger, and comfort for those experiencing addiction and suffering.

Statement of faith

What We Believe

St. Matthew's House is a Christian ministry inspired by a small Bible study. In the late 80s a group was reading the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25, and began to prayerfully consider what it meant when Jesus said to his disciples:

"Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 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, 36 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.... 45 Truly I tell you, Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."

The day after reading this passage, the Naples Daily News ran a story about the local homeless population which featured a picture of a man eating out of a dumpster. The group saw the story as an answer to prayers. God was showing them how they might be able to care for "the least of these." Inspired to do what they could to help the homeless, this small group of Christians organized a feeding ministry that they operated out of an old firehouse. They named this soup kitchen St. Matthew's House.

Although St. Matthew's House has grown immensely in size and scope since then-it provides not just feeding, but housing, addiction recovery, jail chaplain service, and vocational training-all ministry activities are still guided by Christ's exhortation in the Gospel of Matthew to show love and care for those among us who are most vulnerable. Throughout our history St. Matthew's House has worked closely with churches, synagogues and the twelve step fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. People seeking help through St. Matthew's House are encouraged to find a faith community and twelve step support group to grow in their spiritual life and recovery.

Christ Inspired

Following the example of Jesus Christ, of God's covenant love showing kindness and mercy, and His redemptive love extended to all, St Matthew's House endeavors to care for the most vulnerable among us. The Scriptures show that God in Christ - in both word and deed - provided hope and healing for those who were desperate for both, regardless of their background or personal beliefs. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4), He not only quenched her corporeal thirst, He also satisfied her deeper thirst for love and forgiveness. Similarly, in sharing the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), God demonstrated the potentialities of those outside the family of faith. The image and likeness of God in all flesh inspires compassion and care to others in need. All people are encouraged to demonstrate a radically intimate form of compassion, mercy, and care. The sole requirement of our neighbor to receive our care is their need...their hunger, thirst, imprisonment, addiction, homelessness, lostness.

The good news is that Christ provides hope and healing for all who desire it. At St. Matthew's House we offer this hope in the ways Jesus does, in word and in deed. When our most vulnerable neighbors - the hungry, homeless, incarcerated, sick and addicted - come to St. Matthew's House desperate for help, we aspire to demonstrate the love Christ shows to all.

This means that when the hungry come to us, we not only provide them with a meal, but we also offer them the sort of relationships that satisfy a deeper need of friendship and care. It means that the homeless who arrive at our doorstep receive not only shelter and a bed, but also kindness and community-Radical Hospitality. And, when the drug and alcohol addicted enter into our Justin's Place Recovery Program, they get not only sobriety and a new start, they get family, compassion, and discipline.

A great theologian once said, "Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more than their outward necessities; I can give them the look of love for which they crave." At St. Matthew's House, we invite all people of goodwill in our community, regardless of belief or background to join us giving this look of love to our most vulnerable neighbors. It is joyful work to care for those in need as Christ did - and still does; both by satisfying outward needs and, more importantly, by attending to hearts and souls.

Christian Worldview

St. Matthew's House is a Christian ministry. As such, we are guided by the Scriptures, which we believe is.. "inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training, in righteousness; so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NRSV).

As a faith-based organization, we affirm the call of God to all people "from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages" to participate in the compassion and care of St. Matthew's House.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1003 of 1034158 of 161
Fund acquisition rating791 of 1036137 of 161
Resource allocation rating962 of 1036149 of 161
Asset utilization rating922 of 1034150 of 161

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,521,884$1,968,648$1,968,648$2,722,520$1,483,046
Short-term investments$1,390,844$1,366,233$1,366,233$1,126,208$1,218,450
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,814,285$4,252,379$4,252,379$5,905,385$4,177,251
Long-term investments$2,743,005$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$26,496,165$22,266,149$22,266,149$19,347,036$16,189,505
Other long-term assets$4,834,148$7,423,045$7,423,045$3,221,328$2,627,200
Total long-term assets$34,073,318$29,689,194$29,689,194$22,568,364$18,816,705
Total assets$40,887,603$33,941,573$33,941,573$28,473,749$22,993,956
Payables and accrued expenses$1,414,141$925,271$925,271$929,302$624,352
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,414,141$925,271$925,271$929,302$624,352
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$590,775$716,695$716,695$102,085$44,441
Total long-term liabilities$4,052,484$2,199,489$2,199,489$1,606,523$1,639,749
Total liabilities$5,466,625$3,124,760$3,124,760$2,535,825$2,264,101
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$29,594,845$28,811,107$28,811,107$21,235,832$18,723,213
With donor restrictions$5,826,133$2,005,706$2,005,706$4,702,092$2,006,642
Net assets$35,420,978$30,816,813$30,816,813$25,937,924$20,729,855
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$12,523,881$8,220,030$8,220,030$9,959,338$5,137,907
Program service revenue$1,088,341$648,216$648,216$627,947$921,772
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$107,454$39,692$39,692$82,862($276,016)
Other revenue$1,443,709$2,100,683$2,100,683$2,128,879$2,598,726
Total other revenue$2,639,504$2,788,591$2,788,591$2,839,688$3,244,482
Total revenue$15,163,385$11,008,621$11,008,621$12,799,026$8,382,389
Program services$6,682,603$7,419,562$7,419,562$5,870,380$6,969,422
Management and general$1,866,684$1,490,575$1,490,575$840,741$697,658
Total expenses$10,620,425$10,650,029$10,650,029$7,624,221$8,439,397
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$4,542,960$358,592$358,592$5,174,805($57,008)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,542,960$358,592$358,592$5,174,805($57,008)


Vann EllisonExecutive Director and CEO$202,978
Steven BrooderExecutive Vice President and COO$198,925
Jamie SheddenDirector of Retail Operations$115,073
Kiley K TylerVP of Human Capital (thru Jan '20)$112,879
Peter M JohnsonVP of Development$106,473
Dwayne GordonVP of Recovery Programs$101,493

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/24/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


St. Matthew's House began in 1987 when a group of Naples parishioners followed a calling to bring food to a homeless population living in a nearby wooded area.

The "Task Force for the Homeless" began gathering contributions of both food and clothing, establishing the mission's food pantry. Throughout the years, community support has helped grow the small mission into a multi-faceted organization focused on spiritual change.

As a 501(c)(3), our 100% donation model allows all of our operating expenses to be covered by unique social enterprises - which enable us to direct 100% of all public donations toward our life-changing programs that continue to enrich countless lives in our community.

Today, St. Matthew's House continues to run the original Emergency/Transitional Housing and Feeding Ministry along with its Justin's Place Recovery Program, Collier County jail chaplain service, 6 thrift stores, a breakfast and lunch cafe that includes a full-service catering company, and retreat/conference center.

LATE 1980'S:

Naples is a sleepy town on the idyllic Florida southwest coast. Mostly retirees and locals make up the population. Underneath the picturesque vista, however, is a forgotten group of homeless people. Desperate and starving, they have no hope until the day a group of parishioners studied the book of Matthew in the Bible, where Jesus explains to his disciples about how taking care of the needy is as important, if not more so than taking care of Him.

NOVEMBER 15TH, 1988:

Within a few days of this Bible study, an article appears in the Naples Daily News about the homeless population living in the woods. The scripture fresh in their minds, the parishioners, dubbing themselves, "The Task Force for the Homeless", begin taking soup out to these forgotten souls. The first Thanksgiving Day meal is served to the homeless and hungry a couple of weeks later.

Encouraged by the grateful response, the Task Force begins gathering contributions of food and clothing, then establishes a food pantry and launches a search to find a suitable location for a shelter to care for the homeless and hungry of our community.

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