1983 On March 14, Lazarus House opened a 5-bed emergency shelter on
1984 The Good Shepherd Thrift Store, the first of three thrift stores opened.
1986 The Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen started serving breakfast and lunch.
1987 The St. Martin Food Pantry began providing groceries to the community.
1991 St. Martin de Tours, the second thrift store opened.
1992 A free medical clinic was established with the help of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.
1997 The third thrift store, St. Francis and St. Clare, opened to serve the people of
1998 A job training and ESL program was created along with SPARK*L.E Cleaning Company to offer education and work preparation training.
2000 The first Hike for Hope took place. The 5-mile pledge walk at
2007 In October, the Transitional Housing program at
2008 The United Lebanese Charitable and Cultural Society building at
2010 The St. Martha’s food pantry opened in the new St. Claire’s building at
2011 The growing numbers of people in poverty living in the
The first culinary trainees completed their ESL classes, their paid internships at six local restaurants and passed the National ServSafe Certification exam. All participants were hired full time with benefits at the establishments where they interned.
2012 The numbers of people in need continued to increase dramatically. In Fiscal Year 2012, the food pantry alone averaged 720 families (more than 2,880 people) that received food each week. This is in addition to the hundreds of people that came to the soup kitchen, were served by the thrift stores or were sheltered in our housing on a daily basis.
2013 LazarusHouse celebrated 30 years of caring on March 14, 2013. In May, an interfaith worship and reception was attended by more than 150 volunteers, staff and guests to honor everyone who has been a part of the ministry throughout the years. During the event it was announced that our $5 million Capital Campaign goal has just been surpassed.
2014 A Financial Asset Building program has been created and formalized and four participants were accepted into the program. This will dramatically increase the long term success for our transitional housing families when they re-enter the community.