Ladies from other parts of London also came to help at St Matthew’s and their memories of their experiences illustrate the conditions in the parish. This is a selection from the parish magazine of 1902.
"At home' in Great Peter Street.
‘My acquaintance with St Matthew’s began many years ago, I think in 1866, through a crossing- sweeper who frequented the neighbourhood of Chester Square, where I used to stay with some relations. After some efforts to help her, she one day invited me to visit her ‘at home’ and gave me the address of Perkin’s Rents, Great Peter Street, Westminster.
I went and great was my dismay at being ushered into a large room, containing about a dozen beds, a lodging house, the only ‘home’ owned by my friend being the bed she slept in. It was the first time I had ever seen anything of the kind and it took a great hold of my mind’. 
The Boys’ Sunday School
‘I remember one of the clergy of St Matthew’s telling me that years before he even came to live in London, he had one day occasion to come through the parish and Great Peter Street; and he thought to himself, ‘ If I belonged to this parish, where would I begin?’
“ ‘Where am I to begin? What am I to do? ‘ was my question when asked to help. ‘Oh! Get up a meeting or class or something’. ‘Where?’ There was no Mission House in those days and the only available place of meeting then was the room in the Church tower. So in the Church tower we met. Then a back kitchen later on was hired, and there on Saturdays and Sundays, some rough boys came who used to assure me that ‘ the reason I did not get “took up” as they did, was that I did not go playing about the streets like them’.
A little later still, I offered to take a class in the Boys’ Sunday School, and was told no lady had ever yet done it; if I could find another lady to come with me, I might try, otherwise it would not be safe. I had no fear, I urged, but I brought a companion with me and began, and many amusing adventures we had.
There were no Peabody Buildings then and Orchard Street was very different from what it is now. After School one Sunday, I applied to a policeman standing by the Church to direct me to Orchard Street to find an absent school boy. ‘Are you going to Orchard Street? He said ‘then I think you had better let me come with you’ and he did, with the result that the mothers all locked their doors and no one was ‘at home’, fearing the policeman was after their boys under my guidance.’ 
Helping flower-sellers in 1874
In 1874, a lady realised the need for help amongst the girls. These girls had already left school and a room was hired for two afternoons a week.
‘After a closer acquaintance with the girls, we found that two afternoons would not do for them morally all that we desired. Most of those that came first to us were flower-sellers in the streets and they said they sold more flowers if they followed gentlemen into gin palaces. Many thus became habitual drunkards. To stop this a room was obtained and a club started, where all kinds of amusement was found for them and different ladies came down. One was a working night, another dancing, another music and another needlework. I think we got together thirty girls.’
The room became too crowded and we found that we must break them off their flower-selling altogether if they wished to get to a higher standard. So a laundry was started and a lady manager lent her kind assistance and many of the girls forsook their flower-selling and became expert laundresses. The combination laundry and club went on for some time and we got to know the lives of some of the girls and the wonderfully noble self-sacrifice and gallant struggles they made to live better lives .