OutReach

God loved us first. In response to such incredible love we are sent into the world to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We accompany our friends and neighbors in the world focusing on folks in the Grand Valley. Members of the Outreach Team start initiatives and everyone is invited to join in.  

ONgoing outreach

  • Matthew's House: In partnership with The House/Karis St. Matthew's is sponsoring a home specifically designed for homeless youth aged 18-22 and provides services and a home for these who many times fall into a gap in care between foster care and adult services. The House's Mission is to provide a safe place for western slope teens. Last year they provided services to over 250 unaccompanied youth. Our sponsorship takes many forms but primarily involves two major areas: 1) Assist in the upkeep and maintenance of the home, and most importantly 2) Mentoring and Love, providing prayer support and creating positive social connections with residents (i.e. invites to church, having coffee, sharing hobbies, sharing activities.)
  • The Outreach Day Center: A shared ministry with Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, the Day Center provides those in need with access to a mailing address, phones, computers, storage, shower and laundry facilities, job referrals, and twice-weekly the services of a Marillac Clinic Nurse and Mental Health Counselor. Volunteers arrive at 7:30 am, to make the day center ready for the day and, after prayers, staff and varied stations. After noon, clean-up is begun as guests prepare to leave for Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen. Donations needed include: white socks, blue razors, spray deodorant, combs, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, foot powder, sun-block, Tums, lotions, conditioners, shampoos, cough drops, candles, matches and insect repellent (with Deet), for guests who camp outdoors. Volunteers are always welcome.
  • John McConnell Math & Science Center : The center provides math and science enrichment experiences to students in Mesa County. It was founded by St. Matthew's member John McConnell, and is a solely-volunteer operated organization. A dedicated volunteer staff is essential to the achievement of the center's mission. There is a continuing need for more citizens to serve as volunteers. For information about volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Bambi Harmon, Operations Manager at bharmon@mathandsciencecenter.org for more information. 
  • Junction Shuttle : The church van operates on Monday. Passengers (primarily those in need) are picked up at the shelter and transported to local outreach agencies. There is a driver and rider for each trip. If you'd like to volunteer, contact the church office.
  • Monthly Meal at Homeward Bound: On the Second Wednesday of the month we come together to prepare, serve, and clean up a meal with Homeward Bound. For more information about the next meal call the church office. 

Annual outreach

  • Spirit of the Valley 5K : Held in the Early Fall, the Spirit of the Valley 5K is a partnership between St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and First Congregational United Church of Christ. During the race we bring together able-bodied, para-athletes, and developmentally disabled individuals for competition and fellowship. Proceeds benefit the Grand Junction Veterans Health Care Services Recreational Therapy Program, Veterans Outreach, and folks receiving physical therapy in the Dominican Republic. 
  • Soles for Souls: Many children in Mesa County schools lack adequate foot wear, especially in the colder months. St. Matthew's is always collecting boys and girls shoes in all sizes. Talk to Deacon Rich Paul for more information. 
  • Food Pantry: Food is collected throughout the year to stock our Food Pantry located in the chapel for folks who are experiencing food insecurity in the congregation. If you would like to bring in perishable goods, we have a mini fridge for these items. 
  • Slippers and Robes: during Lent we gather robes and slippers for folks living in nursing homes in the Grand Valley. We distribute these robes and slippers and bring joy to both the volunteers and those receiving them during the week after Easter.  
  • Clothing Drive : In the fall, we gather new and warm clothes for children at a local elementary school. 
  • Summer Concert Series: During a series of Sundays in Summer we use the free will offering to support outreach efforts. You are invited to come and enjoy a great concert on the lawn and support St. Matthew's outreach.
  • Salvation Army Angels: During late fall and early winter, we gather gifts for children through the Salvation Army. We also gather gifts for teens and young adults living with poverty through the House and Matthew's House.