The Matt Talbot Center is a ministry of presence, for the purpose of healing and restoration of individuals and families in the Greater Seattle area. The Centerâ€™s fundamental purpose is to provide individuals and families with the opportunities to overcome obstacles and disabilities hindering self-sufficiency. The Matt Talbot Center exists to meet the essential needs in spirit, mind, and body of those that come seeking assistance.
The Matt Talbot Center was founded in 1985 by a small group of businessmen with a vision for solutions to homelessness in Seattle. Over the years, MTC has evolved into a place for those who are serious about living drug and alcohol free lives. Members are provided with the tools and opportunities to restore productivity and self-sufficiency to their lives and to re-establish relationships with their families. We now minister to the members through counseling, drug and alcohol treatment services, Bible study and prayer, housing and employment assistance, and literacy training.
The Venerable Matt Talbot (May 2, 1856 â€“ June 7, 1925) was born in Dublin, Ireland and was the second eldest of twelve children of Charles and Elizabeth Talbot, a poor family in the North Strand area. At the age of twelve Matt Talbot took his first job in a wine bottling store, where he began drinking heavily. After drinking excessively for 16 years, at the age of 28, he went to Holy Cross College, Clonliffe where he “took the Pledge” for three months. There is evidence that Matt Talbotâ€™s early days in recovery were especially difficult. He found strength in prayer, began to attend daily Mass, and read religious books and scriptures. After successfully completing the pledge for three months, he renewed the pledge for life and never touched alcohol again. When he passed away in 1925, Matt Talbot had remained sober for more than 41 more years. His resolve was maintained by a new life of devotion to God through prayer and daily Mass, hard work and much penance. Today, the Venerable Matt Talbot is considered a patron of men and women struggling with alcoholism and is commemorated on June 19th in the Catholic Church. The Matt Talbot Center is named in memory of his life and example.
â€śNever be too hard on the man who canâ€™t give up drink. Itâ€™s as hard to give up the drink as it is to raise the dead to life again. But both are possible and even easy for Our Lord. We have only to depend on him.â€ť – Matt Talbot