Immokalee Friendship House was founded in 1987 by Sister Marie McFadden, and a small group of caring community leaders. Working in the area, these individuals noticed that many men, women, and children, many of them hard-working migrants, had no place to sleep at night. To address the lack of emergency housing in this farming community of 25,000, the Immokalee Friendship House was created.
Since its inception, Immokalee Friendship House has provided meals, clothing, and shelter to thousands of individuals in Greater Collier County. The shelter is nearly always at capacity, quite often including families with young children.
Abused women and children, migrant farm workers, convalescents, people fighting addiction, and families that recently suffered a loss of income all come through the doors of the Immokalee Friendship House.
Since merging with St. Matthew's House in October, 2008, Immokalee Friendship House has undergone many improvements in its facility, including:
Screen Installation in Two Areas
Thrift Store Upgrades
Upgraded Fire Alarm System
Security Camera System Installation
Paperless Resident Management System
Installation of an extra Freezer/refrigerator
Upgraded Laundry Facilities
And we've reached out to the Immokalee community as well, with:
Food Distribution Programs to Area Churches and Agencies
English Training for the Migrant Workers Association
Bilingual AA/NA Meetings and Bible Studies
100% Scholarships to Immokalee Technical Center
602 West Main St.
Immokalee, FL 34142