Human Services



Lincoln, NE


The Mission of Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach is to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Lincoln's working poor, and homeless through outreach, advocacy, education and the provision of food and shelter.

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Executive Director

Susanne Blue

Main Address

Po Box 80935

Lincoln, NE 68501 USA


defeat hunger and homelessness





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs + Results

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Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach (MTKO) exists to relieve hunger and homelessness by providing daily meals and a wide array of outreach and homeless prevention services for our community's homeless and working poor. In addition to providing lunch and dinner 365 days a year Matt Talbot offers permanent and transitional housing programs with the goal of eliminating homelessness. We also offer intensive case management services to help clients remain accountable, build skills and achieve their goals. Other services offered include substance use counseling and drug & alcohol evaluations by licensed professional staff, a 4-week life skills training program offered year round, nutrition counseling, and a myriad of basic needs services such as showers & laundry services, a mailing address, assistance in obtaining state identification, street outreach to the literal homeless and care & compassion.

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Our goals are to defeat hunger & homelessness. Daily meals alleviate hunger. Through Outreach we connect clients to resources that meet needs & impart basic life skills. We address addiction by helping clients with substance issues. We plan to increase the number of substance evaluations to 150 per year by the end of 2019. We also plan to launch pre-treatment services to assist clients on waiting lists. Alleviating homelessness by helping to remove barriers to permanent housing or preventing the loss of housing is a goal. We will provide permanent housing to 35 individuals & families by the end of 2019. Other goals include identifying funding needs & creating sustainability 5 years out. We’ll update our funding plan to meet long-term fiscal and facility’s needs. Lastly we’ll develop organizational infrastructure to support current & future operations. Strategies include updating job descriptions, organizational charts, succession plans and strengthening our management capacity.

The provision of two meals daily is a strategy, coordination of volunteers is another. We improve nutrition by having a dietitian who offers tips for menus, cooking classes & nutrition therapy. Strategies for Homeless Outreach include providing personal hygiene items, shower & laundry services, and ID replacement. We work with partners for services such as haircuts, foot care, job search, medical care & financial assistance. We provide incentives for class completion and ̀adjust courses to encourage participation. We address addiction through education, evaluations &, counseling and by hosting AA meetings. Addressing homelessness is done by street outreach, providing rental assistance, life skills training and transitional housing. We continue to add landlord partnerships to build capacity. Efforts to divert homelessness are provided through mediation and limited financial assistance. Fundraising, social media, advertising & publicity are strategies used to garner support.

MTKO is capable of meeting our goals because we coordinate a large volunteer effort to provide, prepare & serve food, twice daily. We have individual & corporate donors who provide funding out of their concern for the disadvantaged. Government agencies at the local, state & federal level have entrusted us with grants for specific programs. Employees work hard to ̀ address every aspect of our mission. These include social workers, case managers, outreach specialists, licensed counselors, a registered dietitian, a housing locator & a homeless diversion specialist. There is a balance of competent and equally compassionate staff acting in volunteer coordination, management, fundraising & other support roles. Our Board is comprised of community & business leaders who serve with dedication. Partnerships of various types provide access to services at our facility. Use of social networking, speakers, assistance from local media and public relations all provide capacity to meet our goals.

We track meals served to measure need and capacity to meet the need. This is done through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). We track volunteer hours as a measure of community involvement. This is done through a donor software program and sign in sheets. We track outreach services through the same internet data service- HMIS. We track completion rates of classes. We provide pre/post tests to determine if information was obtained. Clients complete satisfaction forms to help us improve and learn where strengths lie. We track persons housed and outcomes through self-reports & goal plans. We track the number of evaluations provided and classes offered. We list press and speaking engagements which help us track our capacity to reach out to the community. This empowers us to grow our funding capacity. Our budget versus actual income & expenses help measure progress. Review of donor data gives indicators on how fundraising is going and what areas to address.

Since our inception over 25 years ago Matt Talbot has provided over 2.2 million meals and 280,000 outreach and homeless prevention services. Our organization has strategically grown in size, scope, and capacity to address the needs of the working poor and homeless in our community. We have become a leading homeless service organization recognized in our industry as compassionate, visionary and accountable. We won the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award in 2013 and have maintained a 4 star charity rating for four consecutive years. Matt Talbot is one of 6 charities in Lincoln and 31 in Nebraska to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating (June 2018). It is an honor and blessing to be a part of an organization that serves the poor with comprehensive services and dignity. We look forward to the next 25 years as we continue to address our goals to defeat hunger and homelessness and restore hope. We will be strategic, measure our effectiveness and be a beacon of hope for all.

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