Matthew 25 House

Please go to Matthew 25's website for further information and quarterly newsletters:

St. John's congregation is one of the faith communities in Ames that supports this community in every way it can. This house is a home for those transitioning from prison to the workplace. 

Matthew 25 House provides 4 local, former inmates a Christian Family environment.

I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me (Matthew 25:31)

What is it? 

Matthew 25 House, Inc. is a local social justice outreach program for men who are now in the the Story County Jail, the Curt Forbes Center or an Iowa Prison. It helps integrate them into a local church and the Ames Community. Almost 70% of men released from jail eventually return to jail. Many have no one who cares whether they live or die.

Central to the Matthew 25 House program is overcoming this by having each member become a member of a local Christian congregation. That church commits to mentoring, supporting and befriending him for one year with this goal in mind....No Turning Back to Jail or Prison.

Our 4 key focuses are:

1. To provide a Christian family home-life for these men

2. To provide a church and a sense of belonging

3. To provide locally released men with a spiritual and faith-based lifestyle

4. To provide a base needed for success

Four men, screened and selected by the board, along with the Resident Director, will live in the house for up to 12 months. All residents are required to work and pay a fixed monthly amount to cover rent, food and utilities.

Matthew 25 House is completely supported through the generosity of local people, churches and businesses. A non-profit organization, it holds 501(c) 3 status with IRS so all financial donations are tax deductible. In addition to financial support, please support this program in your daily prayers.

Additional ways you can help are: job coaching, home repair work, transportation and donating supplies and furniture.

Fr. Don Baustian serves as St. John's representative on the Matthew 25 House Board.  Additional inquiries about Matthew 25 House can be sent to

Matthew 25 House
P.O Box 1906
Ames, IA 50010


Kevin Z. Geis
Matthew 25 House - Board Member and Treasurer
1103 Buckeye Ave, Ste. 104, Ames, IA. 50010

Please read the attached newsletter for current updates about Matthew 25 House.