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About the SMT Center

Hope, healing and wholeness in the heart of Hoboken

The SMT Center on Washington Street is a space available for diverse community events, meant for all ages, recovery groups and advocacy partners to promote education, healing and friendship.

  • Diverse community event space

  • Youth education

  • Safe space for recovery groups

Read more about the SMT Center in this feature by Hoboken Girl.

Rent the Space

Host your next event, meeting or function at the SMT Center! The building is handicap accessible and equipped with high-end technology for sound and screen sharing. Renters may bring in their own music, food and drink (no alcohol), and décor. 

To learn more about renting, as well as the two-tiered pricing system (for-profit and non-profit), please reach out to Mark Singleton at office@StMatthewTrinity.org or 201-659-4499.

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History

The "Parish Center" was intended to be used as a place for both congregational and wider community activities. In the 1960s and 1970s, it served as a youth hangout space that held concerts, drama performances and served as a place to meet and have fun away from drugs and alcohol. The congregation of St. Matthew Trinity started giving sandwiches to anyone who came to volunteer at Parish Center events and were hungry. This grew into Lunchtime Ministry which continues to this day in the Parish Hall under the main church on the corner of Hudson and 8th Streets. Today, the Parish Center's main use is serving as home to 17 AA and 12-Step meetings that occur weekly.

The recent renovation will included gutting the existing inside, redoing plumbing, electricity, HVAC, making the bathrooms ADA accessible, shoring up the foundational supports in the basement, removing the existing siding and installing full-size glass windows, upgrading furniture and window treatments and installing 21st Century technology.

Post-Renovation 

The SMT Center now serves the congregation in a number of ways, such as an alternative worship during the summer and on weekday evenings. It also functions as a place where Bible study, fellowship, and confirmation classes can take place in a comfortable setting. The congregation hopes to bring back "Open Ear," the youth music cafe, on some weekends.

The SMT Centers also hosts 12-Step groups in this space, supporting the healing provided in a new setting. The congregation hope to use the SMT Center as a place to host advocacy partners for events like discussions, forums and lectures.

Finally, the congregation is looking into how the SMT Center can provide after-school programs for children and teens, as well as support fitness and wellness programs in the Hoboken community that promotes healthy living. 

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Spirit Day: May 20, 2018. Future Home of the SMT Center, Washington & 8th Streets.

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