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St. Matthew Church / Act of Compassion

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. St. Matthew Church Marker
Inscription.  
St. Matthew Church
On November 3, 1889, the original church on this property was dedicated as the St. Matthew Evangelical Church. The congregation soon outgrew it, and the current building designed by Arthur Loomis was completed ca. 1908. The church had a long history of supporting local ministries and service organizations. St. Matthew Church closed in 1999 and was gifted to House of Ruth for $1.

Act of Compassion
The church building became home to House of Ruth. Begun in 1992, this organization began supporting women with AIDS and their children. In 2001, House of Ruth acquired Glade House, which was started in the mid-1980s to house men with AIDS who had nowhere else to go. They now provide housing and support for women, men, and families affected by HIV and AIDS.
Sponsored by Shelby Park Neighborhood Association

 
Erected 2017 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2519.)
 
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Act of Compassion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Act of Compassion Marker
Charity & Public WorkChurches & ReligionWomen. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 14.111′ N, 85° 44.698′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on East St. Catherine Street east of South Hancock Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 607 East St Catherine Street, Louisville KY 40203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shelby Park Neighborhood / Shelby Park Branch Library (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preston and St. Catherine Streets Historic District / Mason Maury (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Vincent de Paul Parish / D.X. Murphy (1853-1933) (approx. ¼ mile away); Falls City Jeans & Woolen Mills / Kentucky Jeans (approx. 0.3 miles away); Off Shelby / Shelby St. Streetcar Barn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Presbyterian Community Center (approx. half a mile away); Louisville Cotton Mill / Germantown Mill Lofts (approx. half a mile away); Rev. William H. Sheppard (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
St. Matthew Church / Act of Compassion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
3. St. Matthew Church / Act of Compassion Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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Feb. 26, 2021