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November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

Our church has helped out at Lazarus's Ministries by serving meals to the homeless and cleaning the building and grounds area. My own family will be serving meals at the women's shelter that is open December thru March. This ministry is a great place that offers hope to the homeless. Not only do they offer shelter and food, they offer assistance in helping the women to improve their lives. There are not many womens shelters in the area. They have a great location and facility for this ministry. The staff is wonderful and very compassionate. My family and church are dedicated to helping this wonderful ministry.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Listening to the stories of the homeless who are served there.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try to help find more funding for it. As a church we are asking for more volunteers which will help raise the awareness of what needs they have.

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

Lazarus Ministries (LM) provides meals, shelter, clothing, medical services, and a loving spirit to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless of Kansas City. Many of those who seek support from LM are people whose families have given up on them and have no other place to turn. What I've learned from working with those who are served by LM is that life in our society is complicated and not everyone is equipped with the skills to maintain a permanent home, job, car, red tape, insurance, etc. Some lack the ability because of mental illness and others were just born that way. Nevertheless, LM loves them just as God does.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see the results of LM each and every week during Bible Study when sojourners served by LM speak of how blessed they are, how grateful they are to receive the services. It is truly rewarding when one of them becomes employed, moves into their own apartment or is reunited with their family through guidance from LM.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the physical facilities to accommodate a larger medical clinic, and provide space for training life skills and counseling.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've made many friends with the sojourners served by LM.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel needed . I also am reminded that each and every one of us are close to someone who is just 1 tragedy away from being homeless themselves.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

I have contributed to Lazarus Ministries for several years because I value the efforts they make to improve the lives of the downtown Kansas City community. On several occassions I have particpated in worship services, volunteered to serve meals, or just "hung around" witnessing the comings and goings of the other volunteers, staff, and recepients of support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reading the newsletter and hearing about all the various activities occuring on a regular basis. I have also talked to many Sojourners and heard first hand how much the support of Grand Avenue Temple and Lazarus Ministries means to them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to get more them more money! And figure out a way to get a volunteer to be on call occassionally so the program directors aren't working 24/7 365 days a year.

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

Lazarus Ministries serves the underserved of downtown Kansas City, with both their physical needs as well as their spritiual needs. They provide a women's shelter during the winter months, a weekend soup kitchen, a Sunday health clinic and a "boutique" for the sojourners to "shop" for clothing. These are vital services to those in need, which is why I serve on the Board.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the results of those served

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding for needed projects

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November 30, 2010

Lazarus Ministries has been an important part of the downtown Kansas City, MO support network for men and women in need of assistance for many years. It has meant shelter, food, clothing, spiritual support, acceptance, help navigating the red-tape of assistance, employment, counseling, and most of all a place where people can feel they belong. They provide health care exams and services not otherwise availaibe to this segment of the population. The staff is compassionate, understanding, and truly cares about the sojourners who enter their doors.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the changes in lives of those who have been served. I have walked the streets downtown with the minister in charge of Lazarus Ministries and seen his interaction with sojourners who stop to talk with him about successes and challenges in their lives. The sojournors realize the sincerity of the staff and the respect the staff shows for them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

One of the major challenges of Lazarus Ministries is space to provide their services. They provide resources not available anywhere else downtown, but need additional space to deliver current and future service needs. Lazarus Ministries is housed in a historic United Methodist Church, which needs a great deal of structural repair.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Throught the United Methodist Church.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Space to deliver the services and funding.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Evolving new and changing services to meet upcoming needs in the area. If soup kitchens are adequately covering the needs of the area, then Lazarus needs to be prepared to shift the focus of their programs to another area of need. The needs and priorities of the sojournors downtown are ever changing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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November 30, 2010

I am a regular donor to Lazarus Ministries and an occasional volunteer whenever am in town (I live out of state). I am constantly amazed at the dedication of the volunteers, staff, and clients (referred to as Sojourners) to making this program successful. They have youth groups come for work camps from all over the Midwest, they get boxes of donations from people who have simply heard of their work through a friend, and the Sojourners even pitch in when needed with whatever means they have. The staff always manages to pull together meals, clothes, medical treatment, and other necessary services on a shoestring budget. And you can see the appreciation in the faces of those who are helped. This is a truly worthy organization that fills many needs, both physical and spiritual, in the Kansas City downtown community. As the needs of the community change, Lazarus Ministries evaluates their programs and changes too.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many situations. I have heard Sojourners extol the praises of the staff and volunteers. I have seen Sojourners help each other and volunteer their time for the program.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work harder on finding a partner to fix the building. I know this is being attempted now, but the facility is in need of several repairs. The current staff is so busy meeting Sojourner needs, there is little time for Development efforts which I think are badly needed.

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Serve a weekend meal to the hungry through Lazarus Table and participate in fellowship with the Sojourner community.