Sign up for Coffee Morning for Matthew’s House by April 1 and you can request free coffee for your event. Angelika Dawson photo Sign up for Coffee Morning for Matthew’s House by April 1 and you can request free coffee for your event. Angelika Dawson photo

Raise a Cup of Joe for Matthew!

Coffee Morning gatherings raise vital funds for youth with complex care needs

Can a simple cup of coffee with friends create a better experience for Fraser Valley youth living with complex care needs?

It can if it’s enjoyed during a Coffee Morning for Matthew’s House!

The sixth annual community fundraiser is coming up April 29 to May 3, raising essential funds for this vital resource for local families. Serving youth with diverse, complex medical needs, the Abbotsford-based Matthew’s House is funded through a blended partnership between government and private donors, and a large portion of this support comes from events like Coffee Morning.

“It’s so easy to participate, and the money we raise will make a big difference to youth living with complex care needs right here in the Fraser Valley,” says Evita Mora Perea, Resource Development Assistant Communitas Supportive Care Society and Matthew’s House.

Raise a cup! Here’s how it works:

Simply choose a day between April 29 and May 3 to host your event, then invite people to join you for coffee and goodies that you will provide, and let them know that it’s a fundraiser for Matthew’s House, Mora Perea explains.

Register your event with Communitas and you’ll receive a Coffee Morning Kit filled to the brim with everything you need to host your event, including information about Matthew’s House, invitations, recipes, collection boxes, a 50/50 game and more. Even better, register by April 1 and you can enjoy FREE coffee from Starbucks to be delivered to your event!

Your guests can make donations by cash or cheque at your Coffee Morning or donate online at mattshouse.ca/coffeemorning

Growing every year, last year’s Coffee Morning week featured about 30 gatherings, and over the years, it’s raised more than $50,000.

Alan Cavin, director of resource development for Matthew’s House, is confident that with the community’s ongoing support, they’ll be able to meet this year’s goal of $20,000.

“Hosting a Coffee Morning is easy, it’s fun and it makes a real difference in the lives of the youth we serve,” Mora Perea says.

To learn more about hosting a Coffee Morning for Matthew’s House, visit mattshouse.ca/coffeemorning

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Matthew’s House supports families by providing quality care in a homelike environment to youth aged 16 to 24 with complex care needs. Matthew’s House is operated by Communitas Supportive Care Society. Learn more at mattshouse.ca or follow them on Facebook!

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