About Matthew 25

Co-founded in 1988 by Fr. Fred Enman, Matthew 25 is truly a community organization.  As a private non-profit corporation, Matthew 25 raises funds entirely through donations.  Matthew 25 purchases properties and construction supplies with those funds and enlists volunteers from the area to remodel the homes.  Matthew 25 is ecumenical, welcoming volunteers and donations from all faiths and backgrounds.

By purchasing and remodeling run-down and condemned properties and renting the homes to families, Matthew 25 is not only helping families in need, but improving the immediate neighborhood and the city as a whole.


Once funding is secured and a property is purchased, Matthew 25 works with volunteers to renovate the home, overseeing all stages of construction.  Worcester
Technical High School students, under the supervision of their teachers, provide the skilled labor needed to complete the plumbing, electrical, carpentry and heating work.  Worcester high school and college students and individuals from the community volunteer their time to complete the demolition, landscaping, painting and other odd jobs.  When construction is complete, a dedication ceremony is held and the home is given a special name.  A needy family is chosen to rent the home at a percentage of their income.

By purchasing and remodeling run-down and condemned properties and renting the homes to families, Matthew 25 is not only helping families in need, but improving the immediate neighborhood and the city as a whole.  The organization draws volunteers and resources from the community, enabling Worcester Technical High School students to gain valuable on-the-job experience and engaging local college students in the community in which they live and study.

To date, nine properties in Worcester and one in Boston have been renovated and rented, with the tenth currently under construction.  The first property purchased and renovated by Matthew 25 on Queen Street in Worcester is listed on the Massachusetts Historical Register.  As part of the Crown Hill neighborhood of Worcester, Matthew 25’s property on Chatham Street also bears historical significance.  Matthew 25’s first “green” home in the Main South neighborhood of Worcester was built with environmentally-friendly materials and solar panels.  And in 1997, Matthew 25 won Preservation Worcester’s Award for Excellence in Design in the Restoration of a Neighborhood for the work on its two homes in the Queen Street neighborhood of Worcester.  To view photos and learn more about Matthew 25’s homes, please visit the Properties page.