Lazarus Ministries At Grand Avenue Temple
Rating: 5 stars 18 reviews
Location: 205 E. 9th Kansas City MO 64106 USA
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.
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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.
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.
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.