St. Matthew's Shelter
The solution to homelessness seems simple – provide housing. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to be housed. Instead, many need shelter while they deal with the issues that caused the situation of homelessness in the first place. Others need a safe space to stay while they transition to independence. Almost all need supportive services as they learn to make it on their own. In order to ensure the greatest success in permanent housing, the Chattanooga Community Kitchen offers a resource in the St. Matthew's Shelter at Second Presbyterian.
Saint Matthew’s Men’s Shelter offers nightly beds to as many as ten men at a time. Residents of the shelter are involved in programs (such as the Homeless Health Care Center’s VIP drug and alcohol program or the Kitchen’s HELP II employment program) and are referred by case managers. The shelter is open nightly from 5:30pm until 6:30am the following morning. Adult men are needed to volunteer as overnight hosts (staff support is provided).