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Work Preparation





Work Preparation Training

The Work Preparation Training program was developed with one thing in mind: to move families and individuals out of poverty and homelessness and to assist them in becoming productive and self-sufficient citizens within their communities. The objective is to develop and implement a comprehensive, replicable program to prepare low-income persons for the work world. Lazarus House provides classroom education, pre-employment skills classes, job training and ongoing mentoring. With this innovative program, these individuals will have the opportunity to increase their employment potential, learn how to effectively retain a good job, and/or expand their advancement potential with their personal employment experiences.


ESL training is essential for many immigrants who live in Lawrence to live fuller lives and get better jobs. We conduct English as a Second Language education as part of our Work Preparation Program.

Spark*L.E. Cleaning Service

Spark*L.E. Cleaning Services is a Lazarus House social enterprise that offers office and industrial cleaning. This program emphasizes transferability of skills and advancement capacity through pre-employment, work maturity and basic skill's components. During their employment at Spark*L.E. Cleaning Services, the trainees are paid for 30 hours per week of work while they continue to build their English language skill in our language learning lab. Spark*L.E. Cleaning Services provides on the job training and employment to enhance our trainees' skills and resumes.

Culinary Training

The Culinary Training class is offered to adults who are at or below the poverty level that are eager for a career in the food service industry. "Guest Chefs" offer instruction in the preparation of a signature dish or culinary topic of their choice. After the hands-on training students are placed in a 3-month paid internship to get 'real world' experience. To date, all of the students enrolled in our program have been offered full-time employment.

If you are interested in learning more about our Work Preparation Training course, email or call (978) 269-5207. If you would like to be considered for one of our Training tracks, you can fill out an online application and the Work Force Preparation Coordinator will contact you. If you are interested in hiring Spark*L.E., call (978) 682-1222 or (978) 682-2266 for a free in-office estimate. The cleaning company is fully bonded and insured.