Charity of the Month – The Matthew’s House

Odell Outreach and our Charity of the Month Program

Matthew's House 2 - June

(Photo credit: The Matthew’s House https://www.facebook.com/thematthewshouse?ref=br_rs)

As we move into summer and plan time to spend with family and friends outside the grind of daily life, it is important to remember that there are young people in our community that are struggling with things that we find easy and attainable. The Matthew’s House, our June Charity of the Month, exists to combat the struggles of an often forgotten demographic, young adults aged 16-20. I’ll never forget my first tour over five years ago; we stopped in the kitchen where guests that lacked mentors in their lives were taught to make simple meals and to properly write a check, things that I took for granted. There was a room that was a lot like the living room in the house I grew up in, where I sat on the floor and did my homework at the coffee table, a computer lab, a manicured lawn, a warm room with a couple of chairs where you could have a conversation, feel “listened-to.” Invaluable security to a young person as they evolve into adulthood, and it was all free. They have since moved into the Community Life Center at 220 N Grant Ave in Fort Collins and I look forward to a visit with Jerri and her team. It boasts a similar warm atmosphere to the original Matthew’s House but offers a richer variety of resources.

Matthew's House 1 - June

 (Photo credit: The Matthew’s House https://www.facebook.com/thematthewshouse?ref=br_rs)

Empowering youth, strengthening families and building community are the guiding mantras of The Matthew’s House. Their mission is to “empower young adults and families in transition who lack a significant support network by providing the resources and relationships necessary for them to take control of their lives and shape positive futures for themselves, while becoming successful contributors to their community.” To read more about the opportunities that The Matthew’s House provides, please visit http://www.thematthewshouse.org/community-center/

*** We are working on an action item and hope to have a volunteer project put together in the very near future. For information, follow our Odell Outreach page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/odelloutreach/

 

Tip Jar: La Familia

La Familia is an amazing organization tucked away off of North College in Fort Collins. It offers a multicultural experience for children from one year old to an Early Childhood Education certified pre-kindergarten classroom. They house an incredible amount of family support in one location from donated diapers and formula to fresh vegetables from an organic garden growing out back! It is worth a visit if you have never been to see the sunny and positive atmosphere that the Family Center has created for its clients. “Since 1995, The Family Center/La Familia, a bilingual and multicultural organization, has provided services and advocacy in the Fort Collins community for the underserved and underrepresented, with the primary goal to strengthen and stabilize families with children. The Family Center/La Familia emerged from a coalition of Fort Collins community members concerned about maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for working families in Larimer County. The organization was established as part of Colorado’s Family Initiative and, as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, maintains a focused vision to provide services that build stronger, safer families.” To read more about the rich culture and support at La Familia, please visit http://www.thefamilycenterfc.org/

La Familia - June

(Photo credit: La Familia http://thefamilycenterfc.org/)

Please visit our tap room in support of these two organizations! Our Charity of the Month recipients receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests, the opportunity to host an event in our space after-hours, access to our volunteer base for approved projects and a donation from our charitable fund housed at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Our tip jar recipients also receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests and a donation at the end of the month based on the generosity of our tap room guests. Both are conscientiously chosen by our in-house charitable committee comprised of co-workers from our diverse departments.

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator

Categories: Odell Outreach, Tap Room