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Homework Helpers, COVID Edition


*This photo was taken in 2019.* Homework helpers, Covid edition School has changed immensely over the past nine months. Some schools are in person, some are hybrid, and some are strictly online. The Matthews House has been working hard to navigate and adapt Homework Helpers (HH) to best meet the needs of our youth and […]

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The Story Behind Our Logo


From the beginning “I grew up climbing trees, and many times my parents couldn’t find me because I would take a book and climb up high, find a comfortable limb and read and talk to the birds,” said Jerri Schmitz, founder of The Matthews House. Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind our logo? […]

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Collaborative Community


LEARN, ADAPT, AND OVERCOME If there is anything we have learned from 2020 so far, it is that none of us can do it alone. During this time, The Matthews House has had to learn, adapt, and overcome. 2020 may not have been what we envisioned the year looking like, but we don’t want to […]

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Summer Zone


    SUMMER WHAT… Have you ever heard us mention Summer Zone and wonder what it’s all about? Well, let us tell you a little more about it. Summer Zone started in the summer of 2016 as a hot lunch program site called Kids Cafe. We provided kiddos with activities before and after lunch. We […]

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Instituto Nacional para la Educación de los Adultos


  What is INEA? INEA, short for Instituto Nacional para la Educación de los Adultos, is a program based out of Mexico that is designed to give adults from Spanish-speaking countries a new opportunity to receive a primary and secondary education. It was founded by former Mexican President José López Portillo in 1981 as a […]

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Child Abuse During A Pandemic


  Life in Lockdown Across the country, people have been staying inside their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While this is a strong effort that saves lives, the hard reality is that it puts some at higher risk for abuse or neglect. Children in unsafe homes no longer have access to the same […]

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Tackling Youth Homelessness


  Living in Larimer County Larimer County is a great place to live – so it is no surprise that residing here is expensive. Those who do not bring in a high enough income are facing the challenge to make ends meet. Sometimes, the combination of low-wages, high expenses, and any number of other internal […]

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Affordable Child Care


  The Issue The need for child care is ever-increasing in this economy, especially in the State of Colorado, as our population is always increasing. Nationally, 61 percent of children under the age of five experience weekly child care. The cycle of living paycheck to paycheck is a common burden among those in the Northern […]

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Generational Poverty & Education


What is poverty and how is it measured? Poverty, or the state of being extremely poor is a widespread issue here in the United States. To be considered ‘living in poverty’ a household must be below a set income threshold that varies by family size. The set threshold for each family size is updated annually […]

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HOST Homes


  Our HOST Home Program started in 2014. A HOST Home is a short-term voluntary placement for young adults, ages 18 – 21, who are at risk of being homeless or are currently homeless. The goal is to provide a safe, temporary, welcoming space for up to 6 months where the young adult has time […]

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