Lazarus Table has historically served over 20,000 meals annually by providing three hot meals each weekend to the homeless and hungry in downtown Kansas City. In 2017 Lazarus Ministries moved to Linwood United to serve a different, but no less needy population. A commercial kitchen operates weekly to prepare meals and volunteers assist in preparing, serving and cleaning up each week.
Providing dignity through meals furthers our mission of offering unlimited compassion. In an effort to serve our guests with more dignity, Lazarus Table now offers meals “restaurant style.” Volunteers act as hosts, greeting each guest and waiters take and deliver orders. Guests no longer stand in line and they love it!
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.
Another adjustment to our recent relocation, the most difficult for many of us, is the closing of our Women’s Emergency Shelter. Our desire to shelter homeless women has not wavered. Our approach will shift to supportive housing where we can focus on long term solutions and make a more significant, lasting impact. With a slowly declining census over the years and an unavoidable need to relocate, Lazarus Ministries had to do what we ask of our shelter residents…evaluation our capacity and resources, be open to transformation and trust. Contact Jessica Brooks-Bryon to find out how to get more involved in women’s programming.