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  

Lazarus Ministries serves nearly 30,000 meals a year to Kansas City's homeless, in addition to providing clothes and basic necessities every week. The women's shelter during the cold winter months provides safety, hot meals and most important - an opportunity for these women to focus on rebuilding their lives with the love and support of a community of caring people around them. The provided food, clothing, life necessities and shelter combine to make a powerful, life-changing process for many of Kansas City's urban core. Together, we can make this non-profit the foundation for transitioning people into more enriching lives.

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  

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  

Lazarus Ministries moved me to become very involved because it puts into practice what Christ taught us - help those who are in greatest need. Weekend meals for the poor and homeless, winter shelter for homeless women, a free health clinic; but more importantly, we get the opportunity to be a friend to those we serve. That is the most important part of what we do.

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

Seeing a number of people get the help they needed to get back on their feet & put their life back together in a positive way.

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

Expand services so more people could be helped.

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?

It began as a ministry of our church - Grand Avenue Temple Methodist Church

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

Improving facilities so we can provide more services

What is its top priority in the long run?

Build a solid financial base and reach more outside groups that want to experience what we do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lazarus Ministries at Grand Avenue Temple does a fabulous job meeting the needs of people in the community by showing them the love of God. LM provides food, medical care, clothing, and provides an emergency winter shelter for women. But the most important things LM provides is love and compassion and a welcoming embrace. Those without a home who are otherwise invisible on the streets are welcomed into the fellowship of the church. Lazarus Ministries provides clothing in a unique way - by providing a personal shopper to help the guests pick out clothing from the "boutique" that will not only meet their needs but may also make them feel special. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to serve those in need and to see what a difference small gestures can make in their lives.

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

seeing the joyful faces of some of the people who have enjoyed a meal at Lazarus Ministries. Also I've experienced this organization in seeing how truly dedicated supporters are in their commitment to provide for others.

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

increase awareness of the organization and of the much needed services it provides in order to increase the donations so that Lazarus Ministries is able to grow and impact even more people.

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?

A former colleague of mine recommended me to the organization for a position on the board of directors.

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

In the very short terms, top priority is providing meals to the emergency women's shelter which operates beginning December 1st.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Making sure there is sufficient funding to expand the services as the needs of the downtown community change.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Seeing the results of those served

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

Increase funding for needed projects

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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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