People can only live in Matthew House for about one month before moving to their own apartment in the community. Our aim is to provide concrete support to refugees at this crucial time when they transition from a shelter to independent housing.
First, we encourage refugees to choose furniture from a warehouse of donations that we share with two other agencies. Often this is the first real choice people have been able to make since fleeing home. We feel it is an important step on the road to re-taking control of their lives.
Then, volunteers help them load, deliver and set up the furniture. We also act as liaison with landlords and other agencies; and help get children registered in school.
If you have a strong back and a willing heart, please see our Get Involved page for how you can help.