Lazarus House Reaches $1.7 Million Capital Campaign Goal
- Posted by on Aug 22, 2019 in Client News
ST. CHARLES, Ill. (Aug. 22, 2019) – Lazarus House, a provider of emergency shelter, transitional living, food and other assistance, has reached its capital campaign goal of $1.7 million toward the purchase of the entire building at 214 Walnut Street, in St. Charles, and to rehab that building to house its current programs under one roof.
The organization’s administrative offices and the rental and utility assistance programs have moved to the newly renovated spaces, with the Women & Children’s Day Center to follow shortly.
“We are thrilled to have met our capital campaign goal because we can finish the work we started this spring, which will enable us to move all of our program offerings into one building,” said Leanne Deister-Goodwin, executive director, Lazarus House. “This will help us keep families together and make us more efficient in serving our guests.”
“We are grateful that people and organizations from St. Charles and surrounding communities have found it in their hearts to support the good work that goes on at Lazarus House,” said John Mason, co-chair of the Lazarus House Capital Campaign Committee. “They’ve dug deep, going beyond their usual contributions for operational expenses. These extra dollars will help Lazarus improve programs and better serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”
Deister-Goodwin said, “Thank you to each and every person who has given to our capital campaign. Please contact us about taking a tour, if you would like to see your dollars at work. If anyone would still like to contribute to the capital campaign, we will use any moneys beyond the goal to help with additional projects related to the buildout.”
The mission of Lazarus House is to offer guests connected to its communities, who are homeless or in need, hope for the future by providing hospitality, food, safe shelter and education – tools for life. Its services include emergency shelter, its food-only program, the Women & Children’s Day Center, Center for Transitional Living, a referral line, and outreach program to provide assistance with rent/mortgage and utilities.
Lazarus House has succeeded in raising $1.7 million to be able to consolidate all its programs and services under one roof at 214 Walnut Street, which currently houses its emergency shelter and Center for Transitional Living.
The entrance to the new Women & Children’s Day Center includes a new dining area. This environment supports better access to the specific support services women and their children need to return to successful, independent living.
Pictured here is the kitchen in the new Women & Children’s Day Center. Prior to the renovation, this area served as classrooms and washroom facilities for the Free Methodist Church.