Finding Solutions for Homelessness
- Offer services and referrals to help those in need in our community, to prevent homelessness, and to support the wellbeing of individuals and their families.
- Help homeless persons return to independent living with the skills and habits needed for long-term success.
How We Help People in Need
- Care for 234 individuals – including 53 children, 61 women and 120 men – averaging 46 people per night
- 16,817 nights of shelter
- 50,451 nourishing meals, some to our Guests and some to people in need in the community
- 100% achieve continuing education or job training goals
- 100% obtain transportation
- 100% receive case management
- 100% access legal services
- 95% receive medical care
- 87% receive dental care
- 87% receive substance abuse services
- 87% receive mental health services
- 81% move into transitional or independent housing
- 78% obtain or improve employment
Annual Report & Tax Forms
Lazarus House Board of Directors
- Lynette Anderson
- Lydia Dannenberg
- Diane DeWitte
- Peter Fazio
- Steve Figi
- Dr. Joel Filmore
- Stormy Grinnell
- Patrick Leach
- Kate McCracken
- John Michalak
- Beth Mooncotch
- Betsy Penny
- Ray Stachowiak
2016 Golden Heart Award from Tri-City Family Services for outstanding service to the community
2015 State of Illinois Recognition Award for our efforts in the fight against human trafficking
2014 Julie McCormack Award from the Renz Center for collaborative work on behalf of the homeless
2014 Dene Ecker Award from the Ecker Center for Mental Health for outstanding service to the community
2013 Executive Director Liz Eakins – Kane County Woman of Distinction as a representative role model and leader in her field and the community
2013 Executive Director Liz Eakins – Toastmaster’s International District 54 Communication and Leadership Award
2012 Executive Director Liz Eakins & Associate Director Carol Kreger – Partner in Peace Awards from the Crisis Center for work on behalf of victims of violence
2011 Best of the West/Favorite Charity by West Suburban Living magazine
2010 June 19th: Lazarus House Good Neighbor Day Proclamation by St. Charles City Mayor Donald P. DeWitte and the St. Charles City Council
2009 Executive Director Darlene Marcusson – Roscoe Ebey Citizen of the Year Award for outstanding service to the community
2009 Executive Director Darlene Marcusson – NAMI Advocate of the Year Award for efforts advocating for those with mental health issues
2007 Civic Image Award from the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce for outstanding service to the community
2007 Community Development Award from the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce for significant investment in the business community
2006 Not-for-Profit Small Business of the Year Award from the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce for contributions to the community outside the business world
2006 Executive Director Darlene Marcusson – Peace Award from the Crisis Center for work on behalf of victims of violence
2002 Illinois Governor’s Hometown Award for the significant contributions of our volunteers in the community
2002 Civic Image Award recognizing the addition of the new Center for Transitional Living
2000 Executive Director Darlene Marcusson – Barth Award for outstanding work in the human service field
2000 Executive Director Darlene Marcusson – Illinois Woman of Achievement Award recognizing her efforts in founding Lazarus House
Lazarus House History
Click here for a detailed background of the history of Lazarus House or read on for our proudest highlights:
- June 1, 1997: Lazarus House began as a warm-weather shelter (June through September) for homeless individuals connected to St. Charles.
- 1998: The program expanded its service area and located at the Free Methodist Church in St. Charles as a permanent site open 365 days/year.
- July 2003: Lazarus House opened the Center for Transitional Living.
- January 2006: Lazarus House was awarded a grant for a pilot program to provide ongoing rental subsidies to qualifying low-income households in St. Charles.
- October 2006: Lazarus House opened the Women & Children’s Day Center.
- October 2008: Lazarus House opened the Community Resource Center, which provides more convenient street-level access for our Outreach (Homeless Prevention) Program.