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Business Observer Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 7 months ago

Nonprofit for homelessness, substance abuse, names CEO

Steve Brooder has been with Naples-based St. Matthew’s House for seven years.

NAPLES — St. Matthew’s House, a faith-based organization that fights homelessness, hunger, substance abuse and poverty in Southwest Florida, recently named Steve Brooder CEO — removing the interim tag.

Brooder has been with Naples-based St. Matthew’s House since 2014, when he was named COO, according to a statement. He was named interim CEO in May, when longtime president and CEO Vann Ellison retired. The organization had $22 million in gross receipts and $40.88 million in assets in the most recent fiscal year, according to its public IRS filings.

“As we conducted a comprehensive global search for a new leader, the St. Matthew’s House board of directors carefully observed the emergence of our best possible choice from within our ranks,” Board Chairman Joe Trachtenberg says in a statement. “(Steve’s) financial and leadership skills have strengthened our ministries, especially during 2021, in his service as interim CEO.”

Brooder has a diverse 30-year management background in both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, the release states. During his seven years as COO, Brooder led St. Matthew’s House through many significant organizational changes as the nonprofit human services organization experienced explosive growth and increasing need for its services.

“I’m very honored and blessed to be named CEO of St. Matthew’s House,” Brooder says in the statement. “Our mission is all about service to others focusing on hunger, homelessness and addiction recovery. And that’s what motivates me every day. I’m very excited about our future with such a great staff and so many awesome volunteers. I want to sincerely thank our board of directors for this opportunity to lead such a vital and dynamic organization.”

St. Matthew’s House operates the only emergency homeless shelters in Collier County,  and provides emergency and transitional housing for more than 300 men, women and children every night. St. Matthew’s House also operates the only Collier County facility approved for public feeding, providing more than 500,000 meals each year for St. Matthew’s House residents and those in the community who are suffering from chronic hunger. Administrative expenses for the organization are covered by its social enterprise model, which includes thrift stores and other businesses, so 100% of every donation goes directly to programs and services.



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