Support Services

Helping You In Life

Housing Services

For people living with HIV, housing is an essential cornerstone of health and stability. Matthew 25 is pleased to offer housing assistance programs available to Kentucky patients living within our service area. Matthew 25 housing projects are accomplished through the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) program, with funding provided through by KHC (Kentucky Housing Corporation), and HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development).

Patients may utilize our programs based on household income and the availability of funds.

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HOPWA-STRMU
This is a short-term, needs-based intervention to increase housing stability and prevent homelessness. This program can assist patients who encounter an unexpected financial hardship, such as a higher than average utility bill. Additional criteria must be met for assistance under the HOPWA program. STRMU assistance can be available for 147 days of any 52-week period.

TBRA-Tenant Based Rental Assistance
For some clients, more intensive housing support is necessary. Tenant Based Rental Assistance is an income based program that can make up the difference between a client’s income, and the amount of rent a client can afford to pay. If eligible, the TBRA Subsidy Program can provide a monthly rental subsidy for 12 months. This program operates on availability of funding. TBRA Deposit Assistance can provide assistance with a security deposit for clients who can pay the full rent on their own. Deposit Assistance is only given one time. The client must carry the deposits forward should they move. 

Transportation Services

We believe in holistic health care and know it is difficult to take care of your illness if you are unable to keep your medical appointments due to lack of transportation.

We will assist you in finding transportation assistance based on your qualifications!

Matthew 25 asks that before seeking our assistance, you attempt all other forms of transportation. All requests for transportation services must be made at least 7 days before the appointments. All requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The following are the ways we can assist with transportation needs:

  • Matthew 25 can provide bus tokens and/or vouchers for Henderson, Owensboro, Bowling Green, and Evansville. Requests for bus tokens/vouchers must be made 7 days in advance. Matthew 25 is not responsible for any lost or stolen tokens/vouchers.
  • Matthew 25 can also supply gas cards for your personal vehicles used for transport to your appointments. These must be requested 7 days in advance and Matthew 25 is not responsible for any lost or stolen gas cards.
  • Your Medical Case Manager can assist you in finding out about/utilizing Medicaid Transport systems in your area. These must be booked at least 72 hours (3 days) in advance.
  • Matthew 25 can assist you in booking a taxi or an Uber Health services. These must be requested 7 days in advance.

*Only where these services are available

  • Matthew 25 can also provide transportation by an employee, volunteer, or shuttle service. We recommend requests be made when you schedule your appointment.

Zack's Kitchen

The Food Pantry at Matthew 25

Food Assistance

Matthew 25 AIDS Services Inc. supports its patients with a holistic approach, including meeting their nutritional needs through its Zack’s Kitchen Food Pantry! From humble beginnings in a church office in 2003, Zack’s Kitchen now serves 155+ households annually! Zack’s Kitchen relies heavily upon community donations to continue supporting our clients in-need. Patients are encouraged to talk to their Medical Case Managers about their options to receive resources from Zack’s Kitchen and in their community.

Some of the services we are able to provide include:

Food Assistance Program

The food assistance offered by this program provides a supplemental food quantity that can be received once per month. This service is available to anyone who is HIV+ (regardless of whether they are a patient or not). There are several options for receiving food to accommodate patients across our service area(s):

  • Zack’s Kitchen – Client’s-Choice Food Pantry: Our Henderson Clinic is the home of Zack’s Kitchen. Mondays and Fridays during clinic hours, pantry shoppers may come into the pantry to personally pick from a variety of food items, ranging from canned goods, frozen items, and personal essentials.
  • Delivery to Henderson, Owensboro, and Evansville Areas: We are also able to bring pre-packaged bags or boxes to patients living in our 3 main cities every two weeks to accommodate transportation and schedule limitations. This program is blessed to have the assistance from a number of amazing volunteers! 
  • Pick-up a pre-made food package at your satellite clinic: Matthew 25 also offers pre-made food packages at each Satellite clinic (with the exception of Bowling Green). Patients are encouraged to call ahead if they wish to pick up these food packages. Packages can be made during clinic hours.
  • Bowling Green provides food assistance in emergencies only.

Nutrition Specialist Services

Zack’s Kitchen provides Nutrition Specialist services to help patients create strategies to improve wellness, provide nutrition counseling, and advise patients in community resources. 

Commitment to Wellness 

Due to nutrition’s impact on HIV progression, it is the primary goal of Zack’s Kitchen to ensure the food and programs offered help meet the patients’ needs. To help meet this goal, Zack’s Kitchen makes every attempt offer nutritious food and drink options that support healthy eating patterns outlined by national guidelines.

Wish List

Zack’s Kitchen operates primarily through donations and community assistance. Without the support of our community, Zack’s Kitchen would not be possible!  A single donation of $25 would help us feed a single household for an entire month! How often can it be said that an entire household can be supported for just $25?

We also always welcome any food and supply donations to help us meet the needs of our clients. In fact, there are items that many of our patients request specifically, and this has led us to create an Amazon Wish List. Please take a look and see if there’s anything you can help us have in supply!

  • Toilet Paper
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Chicken
  • Peanut Butter
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Bottled Water
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Soups
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Dish Soap
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Mouthwash
  • Paper Towels
  • Wet Wipes
  • Hand Soap

Volunteer

At Zack's Kitchen

Tasks

  • Food Deliveries: Zack’s Kitchen serves many individuals with a lack of transportation and limited resources through food delivery services. This service relies heavily on the help of volunteers. Current volunteers provide their own transportation, can lift 15-20lb bags, and can carry these items to door steps, up and down flights of stairs, etc.
  • Food Pantry Duties: Zack’s Kitchen Food Pantry in Henderson is responsible for a variety of tasks that welcome volunteer assistance. Tasks include: recycling cardboard, packing food bags for deliveries, cleaning storage areas, and restocking the food pantry. Volunteers can expect to spend 30 minutes to one hours to complete tasks.  

Pertinent Information

  • Complete volunteer application
  • Must pass background check
  • Must sign confidentiality agreement
  • Must complete delivery volunteer training with Nutrition Specialist (For deliveries only)

How You Can Help

Matthew 25 is a non-profit organization and relies on government funding and the generosity of the community at large to continue to provide the services we do. If you do not have the ability to donate monetarily, contact us to see how you can donate time as a volunteer!