St. Matthew's House


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


Organization details

EIN: 651110501

CEO/President: Rev. Vann R. Ellison

Chairman: Rachael Loukonen

Board size: 16

Founder: Dr. John A. Lindell

Year founded: 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 the homeless, hungry, and addicted while seeking to expand the capacity to meet present and future needs in the most eective and efficient manner.

Mission statement

The mission of St. Matthew's House is to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as providing housing for the homeless and food for the needy.

Statement of faith

Everything that we do is to reflect the knowledge that God cares for all who come to us. Customers in our stores, residents in our programs, volunteers, staff, and anyone else should see the goodness of God's blessings in all that we do.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating700 of 726145 of 145
Fund acquisition rating618 of 727130 of 145
Resource allocation rating611 of 727123 of 145
Asset utilization rating635 of 726135 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,968,648$6,979,567$2,722,520$1,483,046$1,672,483
Short-term investments$1,366,233$1,210,103$1,126,208$1,218,450$1,267,203
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,252,379$10,130,721$5,905,385$4,177,251$4,285,148
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$22,266,149$20,162,331$19,347,036$16,189,505$16,598,582
Other long-term assets$7,423,045$2,693,267$3,221,328$2,627,200$2,548,865
Total long-term assets$29,689,194$22,855,598$22,568,364$18,816,705$19,147,447
Total assets$33,941,573$32,986,319$28,473,749$22,993,956$23,432,595
Payables and accrued expenses$925,271$852,997$929,302$624,352$775,904
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$925,271$852,997$929,302$624,352$775,904
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$716,695$147,623$102,085$44,441$23,058
Total long-term liabilities$2,199,489$1,706,745$1,606,523$1,639,749$1,687,863
Total liabilities$3,124,760$2,559,742$2,535,825$2,264,101$2,463,767
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$2,005,706$7,564,959$4,702,092$2,006,642$1,839,103
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$30,816,813$30,426,577$25,937,924$20,729,855$20,968,828
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,220,030$10,602,949$9,959,338$5,137,907$7,387,703
Program service revenue$648,216$710,840$627,947$921,772$737,775
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$39,692$20,684$82,862($276,016)$80,009
Other revenue$2,100,683$2,222,608$2,128,879$2,598,726$1,794,398
Total other revenue$2,788,591$2,954,132$2,839,688$3,244,482$2,612,182
Total revenue$11,008,621$13,557,081$12,799,026$8,382,389$9,999,885
Program services$7,419,562$6,305,842$5,870,380$6,969,422$6,704,220
Management and general$1,490,575$1,147,641$840,741$697,658$900,433
Total expenses$10,650,029$9,140,470$7,624,221$8,439,397$8,285,528
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$358,592$4,416,611$5,174,805($57,008)$1,714,357
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$358,592$4,416,611$5,174,805($57,008)$1,714,357


Vann EllisonExec Director$189,502
Steven BrooderExec VicePresident$173,616
Jamie SheedenThrift Store Mgr$103,480

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

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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.

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.

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, full-service catering company, and retreat/conference center.

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