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"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving." - Mother Teresa

Why Donate?

Lazurus House Ministries provides the broadest continuum of services to those in dire need in the Greater Lawrence area. But we can't do it without you. Lazarus House depends upon your generosity of time, talent and treasure which provides the means to empower our guests to overcome poverty and crisis and become more productive members of the community.

  • To ensure that others have the basics; food, shelter and clothing. Nobody should go hungry, be without a place to live or lack sufficient clothing. Last year more than 285,202 services were provided to people in dire need thanks to our generous donors. With the community's help we share tons of food every week, provide shelter to more than 100 people a night and offer decent clothing to anyone referred to  us.

  • To break the cycle of poverty permanently. Once basic needs are met we provide the opportunity for people to take charge of their lives, rebuild their families and move beyond poverty, out of crisis and into the mainstream. This is done by working with each individual head of household on a personalized plan for success which may include education, advocacy, health services, English as a Second Language training, self-improvement workshops, work preparation training and job placement assistance.

  • Our programs are both effective and efficient. Since 1998 more than 72% of trainees have found steady employment and more than 90% of former Capernaum Place residents have found permanent housing. In addition more than 82 cents of every $1 goes directly to programs and services and less than 1% of our funding comes from government sources.

  • Everyone benefits. Your financial gifts and donated items are tax-deductible while you're helping people in need.

  • We make it easy and convenient to donate furniture and appliances. Moving? Downsizing? Call us . . . we pick up gently used furniture and appliances.

  • Your donation is a green choice that restores dignity. We recycle your unwanted items while providing people the opportunity to shop with dignity. We also offer items free of charge to people referred by agencies and to our guests moving out of our shelter and transitional housing into permanent housing.

  • We run on volunteers. More than 3,000 people every year donate their time and talent. Please consider joining them and volunteering today.

  • You'll feel good about helping others and our guests will be eternally grateful for your generosity, compassion and caring.

Thank you for considering a donation to Lazarus House.