30,000

Pounds of Food Grown

350

Families Helped Through Housing Rehabilitation

4,000

Youth Attending Groundswell Events

5,000

Tools Loaned

Volunteer for Transform Week
Aug. 31 – Sept. 4

Make a big impact on a Cedar Rapids neighborhood during Transform Week. This annual event brings together community volunteers to complete projects that make our neighborhoods safer, healthier, and more attractive. This year we are focusing on the growing need for home repair projects for low-income homeowners who have damage from the August 10 derecho. Some of our regular Transform home repair projects will be moved to our second week, Oct. 13-17, to make room for some derecho repair projects next week.

If you’re available for a morning, a day, or multiple days, we’re looking for volunteers to help with these projects from Aug. 31-Sept. 4 — no special skills required! Projects could include light construction, repairing roofing and siding, replacing broken windows, and more, depending on incoming project applications. For volunteers without construction-type experience, we will also have projects that include tree and debris removal as well as painting.

For more information or to sign-up, visit our Transform webpage.

Free Home Repairs

Homes damaged by the derecho may be eligible for free repairs by Matthew 25 volunteers and partners. All applicants must:

  • Own your home
  • Have damage to your home that insurance won’t cover
  • Earn under 80% of median income

If you meet these requirements, please complete our online application. Initial projects will be selected by Friday, August 28. More projects will be added as funding and volunteers become available.

Organizing and Rebuilding

 

Aug. 17, 2020 – A Note From Clint

It’s been a rough week and we need your help. The roof at Matthew 25 is badly damaged and the inside is soaked. Our greenhouse roof is gone. Fruit trees and trees around our affordable rental properties are down, but all our renters are ok.

In the midst of it all, Matthew 25 staff and volunteers are organizing and hitting the streets. We’re listening. An elderly man is without electricity for his medical device. A single mom with three kids is staying in a small apartment with her mom and asks for a pack-n-play for her three month old. A first-time home buyer bursts into tears because she just found out her insurance wasn’t being paid out of escrow and she has no idea how to finance repairs. Cedar Rapids faces a challenging road ahead.

We’re working with the city and other non-profits to deliver resources. We’re taking generators to people in need. Matthew 25 will be there to help with the rebuilding process. We can’t do it without people stepping up and donating in a big way. If you can donate financially, please do. If you want to donate generators, tarps, chainsaws or other items, please drop them off between 9:00 – 4:00 at the Hosmer Building at 604 Ellis Blvd NW. If you have questions, please call Azure at 319-651-0470 or email info@hub25.org.

Grace & Peace,

Clint

If you’d like to contribute to Matthew 25 online, click this link. You can also donate through our Facebook page or by mailing a check to Matthew 25 at 201 Third Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

Click here for more information about Matthew 25’s derecho disaster relief efforts

 

Neighborhood Resource Centers via The City of Cedar Rapids

Starting Monday, August 17, Neighborhood Resource Centers will be set up at five sites throughout Cedar Rapids to consolidate resident services. Locations include:

  • Ladd Library (3750 Williams Blvd SW)
  • Northwest Recreation Center (1340 11th St NW – parking lot)
  • St. Paul’s Methodist Church (1340 3rd Ave SE)
  • ROC Center (1202 10th Street SE)
  • Taylor Elementary School (720 7th Ave SW)

The centers will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily and be staffed with City employees and volunteers. Initially, the sites will provide food and daily updates on services for residents, and serve as charging stations for those with medical needs. Additional resources will continue to be added including supplies for clean-up, and legal and mental health assistance. The sites are coordinated by Linn Area Partners Active in Diaster (LAPAID) organizations. Services will transition as additional resident needs are assessed. Learn more on the City of Cedar Rapids’ website.


Did you miss our virtual Spring Celebration?
Catch the replay!

This year we moved our annual Spring Celebration online! This event is our way of saying “Thank you!” to our supporters, donors, sponsors and volunteers. We also had a behind the scenes peek into some of the things we’re currently working on!

Click here to watch the replay on Facebook

Reopening Programs at Matthew 25

May 13, 2020 – A message from Executive Director Clint Twedt-Ball:
This week, Matthew 25 begins the process of reopening. I think it’s important you know what our priorities will be. Our first phase of opening will continue to be no-contact. Groundswell Cafe, the Tool Library and Cultivate Hope Market at the urban farm will begin to operate. Our building will be closed to the general public and employees that are able will continue to work from home. This is our way of dipping our toes in the water at the beach. We are testing things out, but doing all we can to keep everyone safe.
When public health and local numbers show we are ready to take the next step, Matthew 25 will move into a limited-contact phase. The public will be allowed back in our building, within Groundswell Cafe and Coworking, and at our market booth at the urban farm. Masks will be required for anyone within ten feet of someone else. We’ll have extra masks available for anyone who doesn’t have one. And, we’ll have things set up with social distancing expectations.
Of course, what we are all really excited about is to get back to normal. For an organization built on relationships, we can’t wait! But, we will wait. We will wait until we can get back to “normal” safely and make sure we are not doing more harm than good. Thanks for your patience and support along the way. We miss seeing you all.
Grace & Peace,
Clint
Matthew 25 Executive Director

 

Groundswell Cafe and Matthew 25 Office Closed

March 24, 2020 – A message from Executive Director Clint Twedt-Ball:

It is with heavy hearts that Matthew 25 announces today that Groundswell Cafe, the Tool Library and our offices will be temporarily closed to the public. In our fourteen years of existence, Matthew 25 has grown into an essential community-building and neighborhood revitalization organization in Cedar Rapids. Our strength comes from our face-to-face relationships. So, it is difficult to reach a point where we feel like being with people, even in one-on-one interactions, is putting people at risk.

While we are closed to the public, we will still be engaged. We will be working to support people in our affordable housing units and planning to make Groundswell Cafe, the Tool Library and other programs even stronger in the future. Most of all, we will be listening, praying and discerning. Our history of responding to disasters of all types tells us that if we listen and are open, we will be used for good.

We know the fallout from COVID-19 will be widespread and long-lasting. People will be in crisis and will need Matthew 25 and the community to respond like never before. We also know the Cedar Rapids spirit is great and will rise to the occasion. God will walk with us. Matthew 25 will be part of the silver-lining up ahead. We appreciate your support as we move into the future. Look for more updates from us soon.

Grace & Peace,
Clint

To stay up to date with Matthew 25’s response to this current event, follow us on Facebook or check back here.

Tool Library Closed

March 20, 2020 – As a precautionary measure to help “flatten the curve” of Coronavirus and protect the safety of our volunteers, members and staff, we have decided to close our Tool Library for the time being. All current tool rentals will be extended and late fees waived. We are monitoring the situation and will let you know when the time comes to re-open. We appreciate your understanding and support. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe and well!

To stay up to date with Matthew 25’s response to this current event, follow us on Facebook or check back here.

Groundswell Cafe: Carry-out Orders Only

March 17, 2020 – Our Groundswell Café is moving to carry-out orders only, starting today. We care deeply about the health and well-being of all in our community and we would like to continue to provide healthy food to all who want it, while still recognizing the need for social distancing at this time. Place your to-go order when you arrive at the café, or call ahead at 319-200-2791.

To stay up to date with Matthew 25’s response to this current event, follow us on Facebook or check back here.

Message About Coronavirus

March 13, 2020 – Matthew 25 and Groundswell Café care deeply about the health and well-being of all in our community. We believe strongly that every child of God is precious and loved. During the time of the coronavirus, we think it is important that you know a few ways we are living out our care.

First, Matthew 25 supports all workers with the same benefits, including a generous sick leave policy, regardless of whether they are salaried or hourly. You can take comfort in knowing that no employee needs to come to work when they are sick just so they can pay their bills.

Second, we are balancing people’s need for community with a desire to limit possible spread with extra sanitizing and separating tables in the cafe so people are a little further apart. Our goal is to maintain as much of a feeling of community as possible while also making sure we give people the space they desire.

Finally, we know that food is the medicine we put in our bodies day after day. People that eat well and do all they can to maintain good physical health are more likely to resist things like the coronavirus. This is part of the reason we feel our mission of serving healthy food at the café and teaching area students about growing good food is so important. The healthier we are, the more resilient we are.

As we go through this scary and nervous time in our community, please know that we care and that we are lifting all in the community up in prayer. God has a special care for those who are most vulnerable. Our promise from days of old is that God walks with us through the darkest valleys. May we feel that loving presence now.

– Clint Twedt-Ball, Matthew 25 Executive Director

To stay up to date with Matthew 25’s response to this current event, follow us on Facebook or check back here.

Apply for our paid summer high school program!

The Cultivate Hope Youth Development Program is accepting applications now!

Learn more here.

Applications for the seven-month Root Crew leadership program are due March 6. A reference letter from a non-related adult is a required part of the application.

The summer-only Seed Crew applications will be due April 30.

Healthy Time Check Initiative

The goal of the Healthy Time Check initiative is to use the assets of the built environment, local food, and community engagement to support the movement of the Time Check neighborhood towards a healthier future with increased opportunity for its residents. For more information about this program, including how to get a free garden bed or our RFP for a Built Environment Master Plan, visit our Healthy Time Check page.

Groundswell Coworking

Ideas Grow Here

Come check out our Groundswell Coworking space, which is a shared workspace for location-independent workers. Get your creative juices flowing in our unique, green coworking environment, where you can enjoy two beautiful “living walls” and an indoor garden space with seating so that you can be surrounded by nature while working. We offer monthly membership for $150/month, day passes for $15, and free coworking on the first and third Thursday of each month. Click here to learn more!

Groundswell Cafe

Community Served Here

The mission of the Groundswell Café is to provide a place where everyone has access to fresh, healthy food, regardless of their ability to pay. Our simple healthy menu features delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, and omelets with as much of the food as possible supplied by what we grow less than a mile away on our Cultivate Hope Urban Farm and in our on-site hydroponic garden. The rest of the food is sourced from local and organic suppliers. In addition to healthy local food, we also serve a selection of fair trade coffee and teas. Click here to learn more

Coming Events