We feed 30 to 50 community residents every week day at noon. The staff at Matthew’s House Ministries work hard to service the homeless population of Grand Rapids, please give generously.
Please inquire today about how you can be a financial partner of Matthew’s House Ministries and or join our family by volunteering!
We are a 501(c)(3)
Matthew’s House Ministries provides men, women, and children with a safe environment, programs, and services to promote self-sufficiency and independence to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty.We believe in the human potential, compassion, social justice, excellence, integrity, and accountability.
Matthew’s House Ministry is a faith-based, nonprofit ministry that reaches out to our neighbors in need.
We are a place of support for individuals and families who have no physical home. We are a helping hand as they work toward greater stability by supporting the mind, body and spirit.
Since Matthew’s House Ministries was founded in 2008 by Pastor George Werkema, our mission is to show Christ’s love, build relationships, listen with empathy and promote human dignity. We do this by providing access to showers, laundry facilities, food and shelter while walking alongside our neighbors as they transition to success.
We focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, social and economic functionality by not only providing transitional housing but also daily drug and alcohol counseling, daily bible studies, computer skills training, resume building and business incubation services.
We have and will continue to have a major impact on the quality of life of the homeless and welcome all with open arms.
Mike is a 27 year old autistic man who ran away from an abusive home and came to Grand Rapids to escape physical abuse and financial exploitation. After living at a local shelter and receiving no additional services, Mike was referred to Matthew’s House Ministries Transitional Housing Program. After moving into the Seed House and participating in our programs, he was able to move out of transitional housing into his own house and open a small lawn care business. Mike has gained a place in the community where he is considered family.
Peter was a heroin addict and drug dealer and was wanted by federal law enforcement. Peter lost his children to child protective services and was living on the street. After confronting his legal situation, Matthew’s House Ministries assisted Peter in getting clean and sober, obtaining a job and regaining custody of his three children. Peter is now engaged, has opened his own business and has been substance free for over three years.
Jesse was living without direction, using and selling cocaine. He was unemployed and in need of a stable place to live. Matthew’s House Ministries was able to provide the foundation and guidance that Jesse used as tools to overcome the barriers and challenges he encountered. Jesse is now employed, attending college and seeking a Master’s Degree in social services. He is able to pay his own rent, is drug and alcohol free, and has become a positive and powerful community leader.
Matthew’s House Provides to those in need
NA meetings are temporarily on Zoom until COVID restrictions are lifted. Otherwise they are held daily from 8 am – 9:30 am for men and women and Saturday for women only from 11 am – 1 pm
Bible Study – Monday’s and Friday’s 10:30 – 11:30 am. We also participate in a Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm for a Bible Study at Richmond Reformed Church. Transportation is provided from Matthew’s House for this event.
Showers and Hair Cuts are free for our community brothers and sisters who struggle with grooming and hygiene issues.
We provide Laundry Services for 75¢ to wash and 75¢ to dry, newly located in the Activity Canter across the street at 800 – 7th Street.
The Clothing Pantry open daily from 1 – 2 pm is also located at the Activity Center, however if you need a coat, those at obtained at the Ministry building at 766 – 7th Street.
We also give away bikes as they become are available.
The Seed Men’s Transitional House provides temporary housing for homeless men, which allows them to overcome the challenges of living on the street. It arms men with the basics in order for them to reenter the workforce and stabilize their lives.
Lydia’s House provides temporary, transitional housing for homeless women, which allows them the foundation to break through barriers associated with living on the streets. This service allows time to obtain employment, live in a safe drug-free home and the time to work towards succeeding in life.
Rachelle Howland and little Rachelle House manager for Lydia’s House
Family Housing – We were blessed with a home that we use for families that are struggling to have a fresh start. Requirements for being in this program are that you are employable and willing to meet the requirements of a spiritual Christ centered home. This program requires church attendance and participating in spiritual growth. There is rent involved which is negotiable with your income level. Couples should be legally married if single parent we will make some exceptions.
Hunger Prevention Services include hot lunches Monday through Friday at 12:30 pm
The Food Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2 – 3 pm
Food donations are brought in Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They are put on tables behind the ministry starting around 11 am. These are donations that come in from business’s in our area, we appreciate these immensely and are a blessing to those they feed.
Wednesday is Weenie Wednesday at 12 pm
Food Donations are set out under the canopy in front of Matthew’s House Ministry on a daily basis. On Tuesdays and Thursdays after lunch there is a free Food Line with donations from local businesses. Even though it is free, a donation is greatly appreciated for the gas needed for the van that gets the donations.
Arts, crafts and sewing classes are done daily for those interested in learning how to do these activities. Art classes are at the Activity Center on Monday 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Crafting classes are Tuesday evenings at the Activity Center
Thank You For Donating!
15 oz. small canned goods, fruits and vegetables
and of course toilet paper 😊
Our Board of Directors
Bill Bettys, President
Ken Szczepanek, Secretary
Cheryl Robinson, Treasurer