Naples homeless shelter feeds hundreds on Christmas Day


NAPLES, Fla. — St. Matthew’s House made sure nobody went hungry during the holidays.

The Naples-based organization provided a steak and shrimp Christmas dinner for over a thousand people in need on Sunday.

“We haven’t missed a day of serving food since 1988,” said Vann Ellison, the president of the organization. “The greatest joy is you see guys who, a few years ago, were sitting here getting a meal who are now serving and giving back.”

Dodge Boroian, a recovering addict, is incredibly grateful for what St. Matthews has done for him.

“For me, St. Matthews means everything,” he said. “They saved my life.”

St. Matthew’s has nine full-time professionally trained chefs. Many of the chefs teach residents so they can get jobs upon completion of the organization’s recovery program.

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