About Us

Our Mission

To provide short-term crisis assistance to our neighbors in the Greater Matthews community.

Our Vision

A self-sufficient, thriving community for all.

Our Values

Hope: We serve as a bridge to a better quality of life
Empathy: We approach each interaction with kindness and compassion to seek to understand the uniqueness of every situation
Love: We treat each other with respect, dignity and listen without judgement
artnership: We engage with the community to empower our clients to overcome their current crisis and be better prepared for tomorrow.

A Brief History

In 1978, June Hamrick (0f the Matthews Woman’s Club) and Iris Devore (of the Happy Times Club) sought a central place in the Matthews community to provide crisis assistance. The Woman’s Club membership enlisted the entire community in organizing such a center. The Town of Matthews offered this group of volunteers the use of the historic Clark House, and the doors of the Matthews HELP Center opened in November 1979. Community and municipal help were critical to our start, and to this day, we enjoy the broad support of our neighbors throughout Matthews. Matthews HELP Center is supported annually through sales in our Backporch Treasures Thrift Boutique and the generosity of individuals, families, foundations, area churches and businesses.

Celebrating Over 40 Years!

Our Services

Food Assistance

MHC provides 3 days’ worth of supplemental staples to eligible households residing within our service area.


If there is a need for clothing or household items, clients may be eligible for a voucher to our thrift store.


If transportation is a barrier to getting to a new job or necessary appointments, you may be eligible for transportation assistance.

Back to School

Matthews HELP Center, in partnership with Matthews Gives Back assists with school supplies for the new school year.

Holiday Support

Matthews HELP Center, in partnership with Matthews Gives Back hosts a holiday shopping experience.

Housing and Utility Assistance

In the event of unforeseen financial crisis that prevents you from being able to pay rent or utilities on time, Matthews HELP Center may be able to assist with some or all of a payment.

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