Matt is a New Hampshire native who served four years in the United States Navy. He went through basic training in Norfolk, Virginia and was assigned to the USS Wasp where he served as a machinist mate maintaining the turbines in the engine room of the ship. After his service was finished, he moved to Atlanta where his mechanical skills were put to use repairing vehicles at Jiffy Lube. After three years with the company his hard work paid off and he was promoted to managing his own shop. Personal issues forced him to leave Jiffy Lube and soon after he began working at Kroger. Problems at Kroger led to the loss of his job and he soon found himself unemployed again and homeless.
Matt connected with the Gateway Center in an effort to begin putting his life back together. While in the program he began thinking about his future and his next move. He saw a fellow veteran come into the Center and quickly exit thanks to the support of Homes of Light and VetCar. After contacting Corby and Gil he was able to get into a vehicle in about a month. He is working for The Home Depot in Buckhead and the car helps him get to work and on time, particularly during the early morning hours before Marta starts running. Having a car has also made him more marketable and expanded his employment options. Matt is excited about rebuilding his life and is looking forward to what is next for him.