Matthew House is an organization dedicated to assisting children and the families of people incarcerated in Washington’s prisons. When a man is convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison, society often breathes a sigh of relief and says “good riddance.” Left behind, though, are the wives and children. They are left to face increased responsibilities on reduced incomes. They are often abandoned by family for being married to a prisoner. Children are relentlessly teased at school for having a dad/mom in prison. These are the lonely, forgotten lives in the criminal justice system.
Matthew House exists to support these families with a clothing closet, a food pantry, shelter in our three apartments, transportation to various prisons throughout the State, childcare and adult counseling. Studies prove that inmates who are locked up and forgotten are likely to reoffend when they are released. But those who receive visits and are released to supportive families have a much better chance of living a crime free life.
Matthew House is a private, non-profit organization that receives periodic assistance from organizations and churches. But the majority of its budget comes from private citizens like you.
Matthew House / Simon of Cyrene is a non-profit 501(c) (3). All contributions are tax deductible.
In 1979 Father Richard Stohr was appointed a Chaplain at Washington State Reformatory. He saw a great need of the families and loved ones of the incarcerated. After visiting hospitality house in San Quentin, California. Richard Stohr returned to Washington and with the help of various organizations, churches and individuals they opened Matthew 25: 36 House of hospitality.
In 1980 Matthew House, which was built in 1912, was purchased
for $55,000 with the help of 104 individual donors, plus gifts from
many various denominations, as well as organizations.
Matthew House was incorporated with the State of
Washington in 1981 as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
Matthew House / The Simon of Cyrene Society is a non-profit corporation in the state of Washington. It is named for Simon, the Cyrene who helped a prisoner by the name of, Jesus, carry his cross.
Founded in 1980, they have helped thousands of women and children of the incarcerated with food, clothing, transportation, love, support and hope.
Although not part of the Department of Corrections, the Department of Corrections strongly encourages this service to families, recognizing the great importance of family support to the incarcerated.