Lazarus Table serves more than 10,000 meals every year to homeless and hungry individuals in the Kansas City community. We seek, not only to provide warm meals, but to offer a sense of community to our guests. Lazarus Ministries KC volunteers help to serve hot meals every weekend in a restaurant-style environment to ensure that our neighbors are always treated with dignity. A commercial kitchen operates weekly to prepare meals for Lazarus Table guests, and volunteers assist with preparing, serving, and cleaning up, and act as hosts and waiters to complete the restaurant experience. Providing dignity through meals furthers our mission of offering unlimited compassion. There are no lines at Lazarus Table!
Lazarus Boutique continues the mission of providing basic needs with compassion. The boutique is open every Saturday, in conjunction with lunch, to provide items of need such as clothing, personal hygiene products, and household items. Lazarus Ministries KC volunteers serve as personal shoppers to ensure that each individual shops with dignity, finds the correct size, and receives what they need. Volunteers not only spend time with our guests, but they sort and stock donations for the boutique during the week. We are proud to be able to give a pair of shoes to a child, new underwear to a mom, or a winter coat to a homeless individual. Some of the things that we take for granted are items of need in our local neighborhoods.
THE SOJOURNER HEALTH CLINIC
Lazarus Ministries KC is in partnership with The Sojourner Health Clinic to provide outpatient care to our community members in need. Managed by UMKC Medical Students, the free clinic provides 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 those in need including services such as blood pressure monitoring, blood sugar testing, and medication dispensing, with an on-site physician available to see patients. 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.
This group is all about women empowering and lifting up other women. Spirit Sisters connects women in need with volunteer mentors and educational programming, so that our guests can continue to grow. Programs are put together so that our guests have a safe place to learn valuable and life-changing lessons such as nutritional cooking, self-defense, crafting, and healthy relationships. The Spirit Sisters are committed to their roles as mentors and truly enjoy giving back to our guests. They provide relevant and beneficial experiences for our guests, so that they leave with smiles on their faces. Our social workers are also an integral part of this group, acting as a source for guidance and referrals.