Because You Matter, Inc.

Because You Matter began in 2007 when Montrose Church LifeGroup leaders Brett and Sue DeLawter inspired their group to reach out to the homeless in our community. Years later, key leaders and Montrose Church have helped to expand this ministry into Because You Matter, Inc. – a full 501©3 non-profit corporation.

As a corporation, Because You Matter, Inc. takes the vision to a new level… helping people experience purpose, dignity, value, and hope and offering that help in a way that is lasting and sustainable. How? By teaming with local groups to build comprehensive neighborhood development programs, all of which are based on the values of dignity, empowerment, compassion, creativity, and collaboration.

You can get involved with Because You Matter’s development programs as a volunteer or as an investor. Contact Scott Chamberlain, Executive Director, at to get started.

Community Development
  • Meeting needs with compassion
  • Local Service Providers: Refer and collaborate, helping us to bless them through our volunteering as well as a place to refer the homeless individuals and families that we serve.
Youth Development
  • Helping children and youth thrive through supportive relationships
  • Crescenta Valley High School Lunch Bunch: Serve a grilled cheese lunch to our local high school students on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • STARS After School Program: Volunteer through tutoring or in our enrichment programs at our Pasadena-Bresee campus, helping children thrive in the North Central Pasadena area.
Economic Development
  • Creating job opportunities for the underemployed through sustainable programs
  • Economic Development Strategy: Seeking to create jobs in our community, and to generate income needed for our youth/community programs. To invest in social enterprise opportunities in our community, contact

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