Matthew’s House receives contribution from province

$500,000 goes to Abbotsford-based facility that assists with children with complex needs

Kylie Newton was the first child to visit Matthew’s House when it opened in 2013. She visits regularly

Kylie Newton was the first child to visit Matthew’s House when it opened in 2013. She visits regularly

A one-time contribution of $500,000 from the province of British Columbia comes at a critical time for Matthew’s House. This contribution will continue to support families with children who have complex care needs.

Located in Abbotsford, Matthew’s House supports families from across B.C. by providing quality, respite care for children who live with complex care issues. For many families, this service is absolutely vital.

“Matthews House gives me strength when I cannot handle the things that each day brings me,” said Brenda Newton, whose daughter Kylie lives with significant health challenges, and visits Matthew’s House regularly.

Karyn Santiago is the chief executive officer of Communitas Supportive Care Society, which operates Matthew’s House. She says the contribution announcement is welcome news.

“We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the province…,” she says. “Raising significant dollars for an undertaking such as Matthew’s House is a challenge and this contribution is a real investment in families for whom Matthew’s House is a lifeline.”

Donors to Matthew’s House are a key part of this support for families. Parents pay a daily fee when they bring their children for respite care but this does not cover the costs of keeping Matthew’s House open. Santiago says that as the organization continues to explore partnerships and long-term funding solutions, this contribution provides the breathing room needed to continue the services provided to families.

“Every cent will be used to support the children and families who visit Matthew’s House,” she says.

To learn more about Matthew’s House and to make a donation visit matthouse.ca