For over 30 years, St. Matthew’s House has been addressing issues of poverty, hunger and addiction in our community through programs that provide a hand-up to those in need. Our programs – homeless shelters, recovery from substance abuse, transitional housing, food pantry and soup kitchen – are the only of their kind in our community and provide invaluable services to disadvantaged individuals and families throughout Collier County and southwest Florida at large. Each year, we provide more than 500,000 hot meals, distribute nearly 7,000 bags of groceries to those in need in our community and house more than 1,300 unique individuals through our shelter programs. In total, over 400 men, women and children call St. Matthew's House home every night. We are also proud to report that more than 450 men and women have completed the year-long Justin's Place Recovery Program since its inception in 2010, and that 87% of all graduates will succeed in maintaining a life of sober productivity at least 2 years after program completion. In an effort to increase organizational self-sustainability and diversify our funding stream, St. Matthew’s House developed an innovative social enterprise model comprised of 5 thrift stores, 2 cafes, 2 catering companies, a car wash and a hotel & conference center throughout southwest Florida. These business ventures generate roughly 50% of the annual income needed to operate all St. Matthew’s House initiatives and fund all administrative costs so that 100% of donations received can be allocated directly towards our life-saving programs.