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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Protestant, Religion

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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Patrick S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.