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


Organization details

EIN: 651110501

CEO/President: Rev. Vann R. Ellison

Chairman: Rachael Loukonen

Board size: 16

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 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 rating954 of 999152 of 157
Fund acquisition rating745 of 1001128 of 157
Resource allocation rating910 of 1001139 of 157
Asset utilization rating854 of 999141 of 157

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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

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/30/2020. To update the information below, please email:


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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