MATTHEWS – The Matthews HELP Center, a nonprofit that has been helping residents in need in Matthews and surrounding communities since 1979, will celebrate its 40-year anniversary next month.
In 1978, June Hamrick, of the Matthews Woman’s Club, and Iris Devore, of the Happy Times Club, sought a central place in the community to provide crisis assistance. The Town of Matthews offered them the use of the historic Clark House, now the Matthews Heritage Museum, on John Street. The doors of the Matthews HELP Center opened in November 1979.
“What began as a small community project in downtown Matthews has grown to helping more than 3,700 households just this past year alone,” said Sandra Conway, executive director of center.
The center is supported through the sales from its Back Porch Treasures Thrift Boutique and the generosity of individuals, foundations, churches and businesses.