In 2006, two brothers began Matthew 25, an independent, local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We help strengthen and elevate neighborhoods on the west side of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When those neighbors needed help recovering from the 2008 flood, Matthew 25 partnered with other organizations to invest more than $6 million. We empowered people to rebuild 25 blocks and renew their neighborhoods – Block by Block.
The Block by Block program has been recognized statewide and nationally as a model for disaster recovery and neighborhood revitalization. More than 250 families were able to move back into their homes because of the work of Matthew 25. Using our neighborhood organizational and community development skills, Matthew 25 has grown today into a stable, committed organization that is a leader in finding a neighborhood’s potential and building on it. Through volunteers, partners, and contributors, our innovative programs help people strengthen their own communities.