St. Matthew’s has several ministries that serve the Flathead Valley -from jail-ministry, to prayer-visits, to food assistance…we offer more than you might imagine, so please reach out to us if we can be of service to you. We have parishioners who are ready and willing to help other parishioners who may be ill, homebound, unable to attend Mass or who just need someone to visit them. If you are or know someone who this would help, please call our Social Concerns Office, 752-6402, leave a brief message plus your phone number, and we will call you back to get the details
Social Concerns: Please note that Social Concerns is open by appointment only. Please call to arrange a time to come by: (406) 752-6402. Social Concerns provides food assistance to families once in each thirty (30) day period. Clients using St. Matthew’s Social Concerns as their food supplier cannot also use the Flathead County Food Bank (why? because we buy from the same provider and the provider requests that we don’t both serve the same families. Thank you for understanding). We also help with some financial assistance to our clients once in each ninety (90) day period. The assistance is primarily for utilities (gas, water/sewer, electric, and some propane). We also help with medical prescriptions (primarily for co-payments). We help with rent assistance as long as our clients supply us with a written Lease Agreement. All of our financial help is a maximum of $50 per occurrence and everyone seeking assistance of any kind must have a valid picture ID; driver’s license and/or a state-issued identification card. Shelter: We do help with overnight shelter for one-night at a time only, and only up to $50 per occurrence. We do not provide long-term housing. People needing longer-term shelter are encouraged to contact Ray of Hope: 46 5th Ave W, Kalispell, (406) 755-4673 -OR- Samaritan House: 124th 9th Ave West, Kalispell, (406) 257-5801
Communion: For those who are not able to attend Mass because they are homebound, we are happy to bring you Holy Communion on Wednesdays. This is handled by Rod Stell and arrangements can be made through the office by calling Social Concerns at (406) 752-6402.
Office Volunteers: Five volunteers who help with food purchase, distribution to the needy, and stocking food supplies. Eight volunteers who work in the front office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Hospital Ministry: Eleven men and women take communion to the hospital every day of the year. Each volunteer works Sunday through Saturday on a rotating schedule.
Jail ministry: We visit the Flathead County Jail the second Saturday of each month. 5 women and 8 men who serve in this ministry
Nursing Home Ministry: 15 Volunteers provide communion on a weekly basis to the following nursing homes.
- Heritage Place
- Brendan House
- Immanuel Lutheran Home
- The Retreat at Buffalo Hill
- Buffalo Hill Terrace
- Prestige Assisted Living
- Well Life
- Renaissance Assisted Living