Lazarus Ministries at Grand Avenue Temple

Rating: 5 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 205 E. 9th Kansas City MO 64106 USA

Mission: The Mission of Lazarus Ministries at Grand Avenue Temple is to provide an experience of God’s love through a worshiping congregation that seeks to meet the needs of Kansas City’s urban core.
Results: For three centuries, Grand Avenue Temple ministered to the needs of the downtown community in Kansas City as it changed from a prosperous and busy commercial district to a neighborhood abandoned by both businesses and residents. In 1995 the congregation began meal service to the homeless serving 10,000 meals that first year. Over the past 15 years the services provided have grown significantly, going beyond providing food. Today, Lazarus Ministries’ services include a clothing boutique; free clinic staffed by UMKC Medical Students; library; drop-in center; and women’s emergency overflow shelter, open during the coldest months of the year when area shelters are overflowing and turning people away. As the needs of our community have grown, so has our vision: in 2009 Lazarus Ministries became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to better position the organization to continue expanding the programs serving the community. While the organization remains closely tied to the church and continues to function with support from the faith based community, the nonprofit status allows opportunities for growth, which a church would never have been able to provide alone.
Target demographics: Homeless and low income individuals and families living in Kansas City's Urban Core.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 30,000
Programs: Medical Clinic, Women's Shelter, Community Meals, Library, Clothing Boutique.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

for three years now my family and I have served Dinner meals December 1 - April 1. The ladies we've met are wonderful people wroking to turn their lives around. It's a great experience for family and friends to come together and serve others.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I have prepared and served dinner at Grand Avenue Temple many times and recommend the experience. The staff are involved and very helpful. The ladies who stay there have been friendly and appreciative. My sons are 11 and 13 and enjoy serving at GAT.

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

talking with the ladies. They are open to discuss their path in life and allow others to "walk in their shoes"

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

Provide interactive tools to help start the flow of communication

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at Lazarus for 4 or more years now. This is an organization that ministers to the homeless in KC MO for years. We provide a women's shelter in the winter as no other is available, breakfast and lunches when no others are available, clothing that is quality and church services that are open to everyone. This is a great organization and would leave a gap if we no longer existed,

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

We have seen some make great strides in their lives to return to normal lives with jobs, get married, Start families,

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

try to do more for more of the homeless, many want a way out, we have so much more to give if possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a part of Lazarus Ministries for approximately 1 1/2 years through assistance with meals, clothing pantry and on committees of service to the community of people. The most valuable part of the experience is meeting the people that are served which turns out to be all of us that participate in this experience. In getting to know one another through Lazarus Ministries we learn more about ourselves and our gifts we bring to the table to share. It is truly an opportunity of learning, of sharing, of giving and of receiving the many gifts through this program. If I thought that I had was coming to bring something to give and that would make me feel better as it turns out I have received more through communication and sharing of words, of touch, of smiles, of music, of bread, than i ever could have imagined and I am thankful for this ongoing program that touches each of us.

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

in volunteering in the program

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

Request for more funding to expand our services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been apart of Lazarus Ministries at Grand Avenue Temple for the past two years. What the shelter represents, the women and it's mission to serve is what makes me proud to be apart of the GAT family. The experience has enabled me to build friendships and become familiar with a way of life I was not exposed to. The women have taught me more than what I could ever hope to give them by volunteering my time. I am looking forward to my third year.

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

by volunteering, I have been able to become more thankful for the life, family and friendships I have and truly appreciate how important it is to have people in my life that genuinely care about my well being.

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

not make any changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with my cousin and her family. We served pizza, soda and cookies. I taught them to make earrings. It was a wonderful experience for all of us.

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

I experienced the results when I saw the confidence it built in the ladies that someone would take time share a craft with them

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

Get the word out to volunteer on the TV stations. They all have a sight.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been honored to serve on the Board of this wonderful group. They are tireless in determining the needs of the sojourners (homeless population) in metro Kansas City. From a heart perspective, they have boundless compassion for the folks who are struggling on life's journey. From a steward perspective, they always evaluate the needs, make sure not to duplicate services of others and adjust to their findings. They are able to balance both sides of the equation.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lazarus does a wonderful job of addressing homelessness, poverty and hunger in downtown Kansas City. They meet the continually increasing need with optimism, faith and ingenuity. The staff is always looking for ways to improve the services they offer and to expand what they can do.

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

I am always amazed at the compassion offered by the staff at Lazarus Ministries. Even in a challenging environment, there is excitement and hope.

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

Find ways to increase funding to cover the additional plans and ideas the staff has.

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.)

Met many new friends each time I volunteer

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Humble

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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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