Notice of program change

On December 29th, 2016, posted in: News by

Please note, as of January 1, 2017 St. Matthew’s House will no longer be one of the providers of Special Needs Resourcing in Hamilton. Our Early Childhood Integration Support Services (ECISS) Program has had the pleasure of working with Child Care Centres and families in the Hamilton area for nearly 30 years.

For information and questions regarding Special Needs Resourcing, please contact Community Living Hamilton at 905-528-0281 ext. 360.

For intake inquiries, please contact the City of Hamilton Therapeutic Coordinators at 905-546-2424 ext. 4872 or

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Christmas Program Registration

On September 30th, 2016, posted in: Events by


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New Board Chair for St. Matthew’s House

On September 23rd, 2016, posted in: News by



Outgoing St. Matthew’s House Chair, Glenna E. Swing and incoming Chair, Michael A. Rehill.


After three years Glenna Swing has completed her term as St. Matthew’s House Board Chair.

In the past three years Swing has worked tirelessly to ensure that SMH is the voice of the less fortunate in our community.

“I am always amazed at the generous hearts in our city. The need is so big, so real,” says Swing.

Swing will continue to support SMH as the Past Chair under the direction of the new Board Chair, Michael Rehill.

Rehill is a retired Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board principal, as well as a retired Major in the Canadian Armed Forces. Rehill served for 40 years and was the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry when he retired earlier this year.

Rehill joined SMH in 2012 but he is no stranger to poverty in Hamilton. He spent much of his career working with students in inner-city schools. During that time he was selected to Co-Chair the Hamilton Board of Education’s Anti-Poverty steering committee. He was also involved in the Aboriginal Stay-in-School Initiative and Vice-Chair of the Hamilton Aboriginal Education Committee.

“I am honoured and excited to be elected Chair of SMH. Our organization has been helping people and providing hope for over 50 years in downtown Hamilton. Our vision is a community of caring and collaboration,” says Rehill.

Rehill continues to be a pillar in our community serving as Chair of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (Hamilton), Past Chair of Alternatives for Youth Hamilton and Past Chair of the St. John Ambulance Hamilton.


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On Wednesday, August 31, ArcelorMittal Hamilton East and Hamilton Steel Workers stuffed 1,000 backpacks for students in need across the city.  The bags were filled with necessary supplies to start the school year off right. The backpacks were then given to St. Matthew’s House to distribute throughout Hamilton. By Friday, September 2 St. Matthew’s House had given away 940 backpacks. The remaining 60 bags were given to local schools on the mountain and downtown. This was the 7th year for Operation Backpack. In 2010, 92 bags were handed out by ArcelorMittal Hamilton East.



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SMH seeking new board member

On August 29th, 2016, posted in: News by


Do you want to make a difference in the community by supporting:

  • Child and Youth programs
  • Homelessness Initiatives
  • Emergency Food Services
  • Seniors Programs
  • Transitional Housing services for Men over 55

The Board of Directors of St. Matthew’s House invites you to consider involvement as a member of a Board that makes a difference in the North East part of the City of Hamilton.

Experience in board governance and program development would be an asset.

If you have any questions or want further information, please contact
Steve Leighfield, Executive Director
905 523 5546 ext 224

Please send your resume to:
St. Matthew’s House Nominating Committee
Attn: Glenna Swing
by September 7, 2016

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