Lazarus Table has historically served more than 20,000 meals annually by providing lunch on Saturday’s and Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday’s to Kansas City’s homeless and hungry in downtown Kansas City. In 2017 Lazarus Ministries moved to Linwood United to serve a different, but no less needy population. Lazarus Table re-opened Saturday lunch in September and Sunday meals will be added in 2018. A commercial kitchen, operates weekly to serve meals to sojourners each weekend. Volunteers serve meals restaurant style and provide the staff with much needed assistance.
We seek to provide a place where Sojourners initially come for a meal, but ultimately find a sense of community. Within this community we hope to develop relationships with all individuals – those who want nothing but for someone to know them by name, as well as those who have potential to change their situation and help them take steps to get out of poverty by working with our social work staff.
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Lazarus Boutique continues the mission of Lazarus Ministries to provide for basic needs with compassion. The Boutique is open Saturdays in conjunction with lunch to provide clothing and personal hygiene items to anyone in need.
Volunteers sort and size donations and restock the boutique weekly. We accept donations of travel size hygiene items, which are easier for our sojourners to pack when all they own is carried with them. Volunteers can lso serve as a “Personal Shopper” to assist in selecting sizes and fulfilling all needs of our guests. With a personal shopper, we can ensure each individual receives what they need and gets the correct sizes, but it also provides a sense of dignity to have a volunteer’s undivided attention.
The Sojourner Health Clinic is a free clinic developed and managed by UMKC Medical Students, providing outpatient care to our community. On Sunday afternoons at Grand Avenue Temple UMC, the students (with faculty supervision) provide acute and chronic medical care to the Sojourners of downtown Kansas City. The clinic’s services include blood pressure monitoring, blood sugar testing, dispensing medications, and an on-site physician to see patients.
Since opening in 2004, the clinic has received thousands of patient visits and prescriptions filled. The Sojourner Health Clinic has become the primary care provider for many of downtown Kansas City’s homeless. Faculty physicians and resident physicians from Truman Medical Center East, Truman Medical Center West and St. Luke’s Hospital are involved to supervise and support the students’ efforts.
Lazarus Ministries is not currently operating a seasonal Women’s Shelter. We have partnered with downtown shelters to ensure the needs of homeless single women are met, but the reality is the need for emergency shelter is decreasing. While there will always be need, our goal as a city is to provide more permanent housing options. Lazarus Ministries hopes to continue to serve the needs of homeless single women, a group we have identified as falling through the cracks of our current systems. Our desire is to do this through transitional housing, where we can have a more significant and long-term impact. After relocating, our focus is strategic planning where we will address our goals for the future in areas like housing for women. If you are committed to women’s programming, please contact Jessica Brooks-Bryon to find out how to get more involved or donate and specify that your gift is for the future of women’s programming.