ST. CHARLES – Wednesday is Lazarus House Good Neighbor Day in St. Charles, a designation that began from a proclamation by former Mayor Don DeWitte.
"We are forever grateful to former Mayor Don DeWitte for proclaiming June 19 as Lazarus House Good Neighbor Day, for that gives us a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness on the issue of homelessness," Executive Director Liz Eakins said in a written statement.
"When the public drives by our buildings, most have no idea what is inside. At this moment, we are housing and feeding over 50 people daily from our community. These are people who are counting on us for a 'hand up,' and we are privileged and honored to provide exactly that."
Now entering its 16th year, Lazarus House has served hundreds of people at risk of homelessness. The shelter provides a safe home with caring hospitality, nourishing meals and customized case management to help its shelter and transitional living guests address their issues and regain independence.
Its rental assistance program monthly helps 38 households who might face eviction if it weren't for the grant-funded rental subsidies and support services Lazarus House provides.
Donations are welcome to support the daily operations and can be made online at www.lazarushouseonline.com or by mail at Lazarus House, 214 Walnut St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Lazarus House is a nonprofit charitable organization, so gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Lazarus House serves those connected to St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and rural Kane County. Those needing shelter should call 630-587-2144. Those seeking rent or utility assistance should call 630-587-5872.