Hunger Does NOT Take Vacation

On August 14th, 2017, posted in: Events, News by

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This August St. Matthew’s House is launching its inaugural “Hunger Does NOT Take Vacation” campaign and we need help collecting non-perishable food items for those in need in Hamilton.

Summer is a busy time of year for food banks, even if it’s not the first season that comes to mind. Since the beginning of June St. Matthew’s House has served 4,245 people, including 1,494 children at its food banks.

Please consider holding a food drive sometime in the month of August. It can run for a weekend, a week or the whole month…it’s up to you! Spread the word with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbours. Once you’ve collected the food give us a call and we’ll pick it up! Your gesture will mean the world to the families we serve.

If you’re going to be away this month but you still want to get involved, consider making a donation to our food bank. Your gift will support a family, child, individual or senior in need.  You can make an online donation, send a cheque to 414 Barton St E, or call 905-523-5546 ext. 228.

Thank you for taking time to consider this request. Your support would be invaluable to those in need in our community!

From all the staff at St. Matthew’s House, we hope you enjoy what’s left of summer.

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Message from the Chair

On June 21st, 2017, posted in: News by

Friends of St. Matthew’s House:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of St. Matthew’s House, I want to share with you information about some important changes related to the leadership team of our organization.

The most substantial, and difficult, change is that Steve Leighfield is no longer with our organization. We thank Steve for his significant contributions to St. Matthew’s House over the past five years.

As an interim measure, Karen Randell and Angela Dauda, both program managers, will assume the overall management of the organization, now as co-executive directors. They will report directly to me and the Board of Directors and have our full support. The Board will be taking steps to recruit a new Executive Director who will lead St. Matthew’s House into its next chapter in fulfilling our mission of being a place of hope and assistance to Hamiltonians in need.

The Board has conscientiously made these changes as part of our ongoing discernment of a revitalized vision for St. Matthew’s House after the loss of our largest program, Early Childhood Integration Support Services. Further restructuring will be considered as we seek to address our new financial and organizational reality and to better align St. Matthew’s House with local community needs.

We appreciate your continued and generous support of the programs and good works that St. Matthew’s House provides.

Please do not hesitate to contact Karen Randell, Angela Dauda or me if you have questions or concerns.

Barbara Busing
Chair, Board of Directors

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Effective June 28, 2017 St. Matthew’s House Food Bank located at 414 Barton Street East will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will be no change in the hours of operation at our Roxborough Food Bank located at 785 Britannia Avenue which is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The St. Matthew’s House Food Banks will also be closed between July 24 and August 7, 2017 for summer shutdown. The 412 Barton Street East location will resume service on Tuesday, August 8, while the Roxborough Food Bank will re-open on Thursday, August 10.

If you have any questions about these changes please contact 905-523-5546 or e-mail

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Love Your Neighbour Walk to support St. Matthew’s House Food Bank

On Saturday March 25, 2017, the Church of St. John the Evangelist will be hosting a walk to raise money for the St. Matthew’s House Food Bank. They’re hosting this event to support those most in need in Hamilton! St. Matthew’s House operates two food banks in Hamilton and in 2016, close to 33,000 people used these services. They want to make sure that those who are hungry continue to have access to this much needed service. Will you join them? 

Visit Church of St. John the Evangelist, The Rock on Locke website for more information on the walk, and to download registration forms, pledge sheets and route maps.

If you can’t walk but you’d like to support the event you can make an online donation here.

We hope to see you out on March 25!



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2017 CPA Ontario Tax Preparation Assistance program

On February 23rd, 2017, posted in: News by

Personal tax preparation service is available at no charge to individuals:

  • Without dependants with a gross household income of less than $30,000
  • With dependants, including a spouse or equivalent, with a gross household income of less than $40,000

Volunteers do not prepare complex returns, such as returns for individuals who:

  • Have self-employment income
  • Have business or rental income and expenses
  • Have capital gains or losses
  • Have employment expenses
  • Have interest income greater than $1,000
  • File for bankruptcy
  • Are deceased within the year

Dates of the clinic are below. Tax clinic is located at 414 Barton Street East, Hamilton (at the food bank). To book an appointment, please call 905.523.5546 ext 230.

  • Tuesday, February 21st 6:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 28rd 6:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 7th 6:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 9th 6:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 14h 6:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 16th 6:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 23nd 6:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 23th 6:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 28th 6:30 – 9:00 pm

What you need to bring:

  1. A 2016 tax return form
  2. A copy of completed 2015 income tax return and 2015 Notice of Assessment
  3. Social Insurance Number for you and your spouse/common-law partner
  4. List of dependants and birth dates (day, month, year). Social Insurance Number for each dependant (if available)
  5. Details of spouse’s income and dependant’s income
  6. Date of marriage or separation (if in 2016)
  7. Details of any alimony and maintenance payments received or paid
  8. If a new immigrant, date of arrival in Canada
  9. If first time buyer, details of home purchase
  10. New reporting for 2016: If you sold a principal residence and have no capital gain because you are eligible for the full exemption, the following information on the sale is required: the year of acquisition, the sale price or amount you received for the property and the description/address of the property
  11. All receipts of income

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