Coffee Morning raises Matthew’s House funds

Matthew’s House is a respite home for families from across B.C. who have children with complex health care needs

Hundreds of people took part in the Coffee Morning fundraiser for Matthew’s House last year raising thousands of dollars. The goal for this year’s Coffee Morning is $20

Hundreds of people took part in the Coffee Morning fundraiser for Matthew’s House last year raising thousands of dollars. The goal for this year’s Coffee Morning is $20

Last year’s Coffee Morning for Matthew’s House raised thousands of dollars and  Alan Cavin is hoping to improve on that at this year’s event, taking place from April 20 to 24.

Cavin is the director of resource development for Communitas Supportive Care Society, which operates Matthew’s House.

“Our goal this year is $20,000 and I believe we can achieve that,” he said. “We are so encouraged by the support that we have received throughout the year. People really understand how important this resource is in our community.”

Matthew’s House, located on the Campus of Care next to Abbotsford Regional Hospital, is a respite home for families from across B.C. who have children with complex health care needs.

Open since November 2013, Matthew’s House provides a safe and loving environment for children, giving parents time for much needed rest.

It costs $860,000 annually to run the facility, with most coming from donations.

The Coffee Morning fundraiser involves businesses and groups picking a date, signing up on the website mattshouse.ca/coffeemorning, and inviting friends, co-workers and families to join in for coffee and goodies.

Participants are asked to bring a donation to the event.

Hosts receive a Coffee Morning Starter Kit, including invitations, a poster and brochures about Matthew’s House, a donation collection box, and a recipe from the blog Mennonite Girls Can Cook.

Starbucks is partnering with Coffee Morning again this year.