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As an organization that features many unique and innovative programs, Matthew 25 is often in the news. Check out some of the latest stories from the media below.

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For media inquiries or requests for press materials, photos, videos, and interviews concerning Matthew 25, Groundswell, or Cultivate Hope, please contact Jana Bodensteiner at 319-200-2783.

Latest News About Matthew 25

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Neighborhood Revitalization

May 6, 2024 – Pastor strengthens Cedar Rapids community through Matthew 25, overcomes adversities (Iowa’s News Now)

May 5, 2024 – With much progress made, flood protection next key step for Time Check (Gazette)


April 30, 2024 – Matthew 25 Spring Celebration showcases housing, food access impact (CBJ)

New Construction of Affordable Housing

March 11, 2024 – Matthew 25 offering two new affordable homes for sale (CBJ)

March 6, 2024 – Matthew 25 selling two new affordable single-family homes in Cedar Rapids (Gazette)

March 1, 2024 – Affordable housing increases: Two new Cedar Rapids homes ready post-flood (Iowa’s News Now)

November 9, 2023 – Matthew 25’s $2.5 million Cedar Rapids housing project pioneers method to expand homeownership (Gazette)

November 9, 2023 – Matthew 25 spearheads innovative affordable housing project in NW Cedar Rapids (Iowa’s News Now)

Housing Programs

November 3, 2023 – Nonprofit Matthew 25 has the tools to serve Cedar Rapids — and they’re happy to loan them out (Little Village)

Groundswell Cafe

October 6, 2023 – Groundswell Cafe celebrates five years of pay-it-forward meals (CBJ)

October 5, 2023 – Groundswell Cafe celebrates five years of pay-it-forward meals (Iowa’s News Now)

Cultivate Hope Corner Store

October 13, 2023 – Matthew 25’s Cultivate Hope Corner Store in Cedar Rapids receives $300,000 grant (Gazette)

September 26, 2023 – John and Cindy Family Foundation’s grant breathes new life into Cultivate Hope Corner Store (Iowa’s News Now)

Cultivate Hope Urban Farm

August 19, 2023 – Matthew 25’s Urban Farm showcased as part of nonprofits field day event (KCRG)

Derecho Recovery

August 15, 2023 – Cedar Rapids nonprofit creates guide to help manufactured home residents recover after natural disasters (Gazette)

August 4, 2023 – Matthew 25 offers disaster recovery playbook after derecho (KCRG)

August 4, 2023 – Learning from the derecho: Matthew 25 makes ‘playbook’ for manufactured home communities (Iowa’s News Now)

Transform Week

July 6, 2023 – Volunteers work to protect Cedar Rapids’ affordable housing (Gazette)

June 29, 2023 – Non-profit group helping spruce up Cedar Rapids (KWWL)

June 26, 2023 – Cedar Rapids volunteers unite for 8th Annual Transform Week, aiding low-income homeowners in repairs (Iowa’s News Now)

June 26, 2023 – Over 200 volunteers helping out with annual ‘Transform Week’ (KCRG)

Neighborhood Revitalization

June 11, 2023 – 15 years after 2008 flood: ‘Future is bright’ for Cedar Rapids’ Northwest Neighborhood (Gazette)

Groundswell Cafe

February 13, 2023 – Matthew 25 receives $15,000 donation in anti-hunger campaign (Gazette)

Cultivate Hope Corner Store

February 1, 2023 – Stocking for a deeper purpose (Gazette)

Community Building

December 8, 2022 – Local nonprofit expands mission to prioritize community-building (KCRG)

November 16, 2022 – Matthew 25 co-founder rejoining nonprofit (CBJ)

Cultivate Hope Urban Farm

October 24, 2022 – Cedar River Academy kids learn about agriculture, taste farm-fresh vegetables at Matthew 25 Urban Farm (Gazette)

Funding Received

August 25, 2022 – Cedar Rapids awards $3 million in ARPA funds to 20 affordable housing, social service projects (Gazette)

Cultivate Hope Corner Store

August 8, 2022 – New grant from Mercy Medical funds health equity (Gazette)

Transform Week

June 20, 2022 – Matthew 25’s annual Transform Week starts today (Gazette)

June 17, 2022 – Over 200 volunteers to help homeowners in Taylor/Time Check neighborhoods next week (Iowa’s News Now)

Cultivate Hope Corner Store – Grand Opening

April 23, 2022 – Nonprofit Cultivate Hope Corner Store brings healthy, reduced-cost food to Cedar Rapids’ Time Check neighborhood (Gazette)

April 24, 2022 – New corner grocery store looks to cultivate hope for a battered neighborhood (Iowa’s News Now)

April 25, 2022 – Matthew 25 opens Cultivate Hope Corner Store in Cedar Rapids (CBJ)

April 25, 2022 – Nonprofit Matthew 25 opens affordable grocery store in Cedar Rapids food desert (Little Village)

Groundswell Cafe

March 10, 2022 – Cedar Rapids has a pay-it-forward cafe with all fresh and local food (KHAK)

Award Received

August 25, 2021 – Matthew 25 to receive 2021 Iowa Character Award (Gazette)