About Matthew’s House
Matthew’s House is a ‘home away from home’ that provides quality care for children who live with special needs. Located in Abbotsford, we create a safe and loving environment for children, giving parents peace of mind. This care allows parents to rest and rejuvenate, strengthening the whole family.
Our Vision and Mission
We envision communities of fully human, interdependent citizens.
To support families by providing individualized, quality care in a homelike environment for children who live with complex care needs.
Our hope with Matthew’s House is to help bring a balance between the demanding care of a child with high needs and the care of the whole family. Doug and Andrea Froese
Every parent knows what it feels like to need a break. Of course you love your children but you also need time alone or as a couple just to refresh and renew. For parents of children living with complex care needs, getting that break is never simple. Everything from a trip to the grocery store to planning a holiday must include concern for wheelchair accessibility, the availability of medical equipment, or how a child’s health might be compromised. Providing around-the-clock care can be exhausting for parents of children with disabilities.
Doug and Andrea Froese have lived this reality. Complications during his birth left their son Matthew with multiple challenges; he was completely dependent on others for every aspect of daily living. Despite this, Matthew was deeply loved and brought great joy to his family and friends.
“Matthew had a gentle spirit,” his parents say. “He had a way of getting into your heart and grabbing hold of it.”
Sadly, on August 14, 2010, Matthew took his last breaths while being held in loving arms. He was just 9 years old but he left behind an enormous legacy of love.
Doug and Andrea sought to honour that legacy by supporting other families like theirs. They envisioned a home away from home, where parents could bring their son or daughter knowing that their child would be well-cared for by experienced, compassionate caregivers. On November 23, 2013, that vision became a reality when Matthew’s House officially opened its doors to welcome families from across BC.
None of this would have been possible without Doug and Andrea’s tireless efforts. They rallied support from individuals, community partners and both municipal and provincial governments. Matthew’s House is a testimony to their vision and the support of a community that has made this resource possible to other families with special children like Matthew.
When I saw Andrea, I gave her a huge hug and said ‘Thank you for not giving up, for having faith, for doing what it took to get Matthew’s House built.’ We needed this. Dorothy, mother to Faith
Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
Communitas Supportive Care Society
Matthew’s House is facilitated by Communitas Supportive Care Society, a non-profit, faith-based organization providing care in communities across British Columbia to those living with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. We provide services ranging from 24-hour residential care to skills-based day programs to respite care for families. At Communitas we support and empower people of all ages and abilities, from all walks of life, regardless of faith, social standing, race or ethnicity.
Matthew’s House is part of the Dave Lede Campus of Care which includes Canuck Place and the Abbotsford Hospice Society. Each of these partners is unique in the services they provide, but share a desire to offer professional and sensitive assistance to families in need.
To learn more visit CommunitasCare.com