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Center for Great Expectations

Great Expectations is a residential treatment center for homeless women/teens and their children.  Located at 19 Dellwood Lane it is now a part of our parish and the Social Concerns Commission.  There are many opportunities to help: Daytime House Presence, Driver, Office & Administrative Support, Committees, Craft Skills, Friend Raising, Educational Assistance, House Improvements, Donations, Child Care, House Keeping. If you are able to give some time to the center, we welcome you.

Elijah’s Promise

At least fifty volunteers from our parish provide help, cook and serve meals at Elijah’s Promise the fourth Sunday and the fourth Wednesday of each month. The soup kitchen is located on 18 Nielson Street in New Brunswick. We need volunteers to donate food to be cooked at the Kitchen, help prepare and serve the meal, and assist the coordinators to schedule regular volunteers. You do not have to commit to come every month. We invite you to join with us to share the “Promise.”

Franklin Food Bank

Due to the threat of covid-19 and the need to quarantine any donations of food, the Franklin Food Bank is, as of May 3, 2020, requesting that people NOT donate food at this time.

If you would like to assist the Food Bank, visit their website for details:

Franklin Food Bank Website:

Giving Tree

The Giving Tree project is coordinated by a small group of volunteers each year at Christmas time. Because of the generosity of our parishioners, hundreds of gifts are delivered to Nursing Homes, shelters, homebound persons, St. Vincent DePaul families and other families who are struggling.

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

. . . of Somerset County is part of a national network of homeless shelters providing a community response to homelessness through involvement of volunteers and congregations. In 2005 St. Matthias joined IHN and the past three summers participated by housing families and providing meals for them. If you are interested in helping with this project, please join us.

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes is an active volunteer group that provides meals for persons coming out of the hospital and sometimes for a grieving family at the time of an unexpected loss. If you are aware of someone who is in need of this kind of help, please let us know. Cooks are always welcome to join.

Christine Retz, Chair

New Brunswick Food Pantry

Volunteers are need to help bag food on the fourth Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Please consider joining us in this effort.

Ozanam Men’s Shelter

The Knights of Columbus periodically collect sweatshirts, tee shirts and eyeglasses for the men at the Ozanam Shelter. The Confirmation classes provide toiletries and other necessities for shelter residents at Christmas as well as a portion of the gifts from our Giving Tree collection donated at this time. Parishioners are encouraged to donate to any or all of these efforts and to assist in distribution.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Women meet twice monthly to knit or crochet shawls which are distributed to our homebound, bereaved, and others in need of comfort and solace. When completed, a final blessing and ritual is offered for the recipient.

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. RVHfH is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry committed to building affordable housing in the Raritan Valley area for low-income families through a cooperative volunteer effort. Parishioners from St. Matthias have helped RVHfH in numerous ways, but mainly in assisting with housing construction.