Three members of the Mathison family presented a check for $50,000 on behalf of Stemilt Growers to Hospitality Heights to help build shelters for families in need in Wenatchee, Wash. Pictured, from left, are: Courtney Mathison, West Mathison, Sam Fletcher, Hospitality House Ministries board member; Ray Reid, Hospitality House Ministries board presiden,; Arvin Marchel, Hospitality House Ministries board member, Teria Kelley, director of Haven of Hope/Hospitality Heights, Sandy Mathews, Hospitality House Ministries board member, Jim Zumini, executive director of Hospitality House Ministries, and Tate Mathison.
Three members of the Mathison family presented a check for $50,000 on behalf of Stemilt Growers to Hospitality Heights to help build shelters for families in need in Wenatchee, Wash. Pictured, from left, are: Courtney Mathison, West Mathison, Sam Fletcher, Hospitality House Ministries board member; Ray Reid, Hospitality House Ministries board presiden,; Arvin Marchel, Hospitality House Ministries board member, Teria Kelley, director of Haven of Hope/Hospitality Heights, Sandy Mathews, Hospitality House Ministries board member, Jim Zumini, executive director of Hospitality House Ministries, and Tate Mathison.

Stemilt Growers has donated $50,000 to Hospitality Heights to help build housing for needy families in the tree fruit grower’s hometown of Wenatchee, Wash.

The donation will help with the building project led by Hospitality House Ministries. The Stemilt donation will cover the cost of building one mobile unit. The project goal is to build four new homes, according to a news release.

Courtney Mathison, chairwoman of Stemilt’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, said in the release that the fruit company is excited to help provide safe housing for homeless families in its community.

The total cost of the project is $445,000, and after Stemilt’s donation, $131,000 will still be needed to complete the four homes.

In 2010, the Hospitality House provided housing for 327 men ages 18-82, served over 45,000 hot meals, and provided 12,369 articles of free clothing. Haven of Hope, a shelter for women and children, provided housing for 88 women and 51 children and served over 23,000 hot meals in 2010.