Matthew’s House began in 2016 when The Hill Church purchased the Grade 2 listed building, called St Matthew’s Church. It had a history of serving the poorest and most vulnerable in our city, but it had been closed for nearly two years. Following the purchase, months of volunteer hours were donated to turn the building into Matthew’s House – a house of hospitality and hope in the heart of Swansea.
In 2017 Matt’s Cafe was launched. This was the first expression of Matthew’s House. The concept was simple. Intercept perfectly edible food destined for bins by local supermarkets and turn it in to delicious ‘home-cooked’ style meals available to all, but particularly those who are homeless or vulnerable. It would be funded on a pay-as-you-feel basis. All the expressions of Matthew’s House will succeed because of the compassionate and tireless work of volunteers – we have over 80! All of them are motivated to give hospitality and hope to others.
The Hill Church is a registered charity. It considers itself as a guardian of the building to preserve its use over the long-term for the good of the city. We work with those in Swansea who seek to assist the homeless and most vulnerable. Matthew’s House has a separate bank account to the rest of The Hill Church, so that all monies donated are only ever used for the purpose, development and maintenance of Matthew’s House.