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Lazarus House moving ahead with $1.7 million expansion plan

Will purchase entire building at 214 Walnut St. in St. Charles, put programs under one roof

Lazarus House, a provider of emergency shelter, transitional living, food and other assistance, recently announced plans to raise $1.7 million to complete the purchase of the entire building at 214 Walnut St. in St. Charles and to rehab that building to house its current programs under one roof.
Lazarus House, a provider of emergency shelter, transitional living, food and other assistance, recently announced plans to raise $1.7 million to complete the purchase of the entire building at 214 Walnut St. in St. Charles and to rehab that building to house its current programs under one roof.

ST. CHARLES – Lazarus House, a provider of emergency shelter, transitional living, food and other assistance, recently announced plans to raise $1.7 million to complete the purchase of the entire building at 214 Walnut St. in St. Charles and to rehab that building to house its current programs under one roof.

With $1.5 million in contributions already committed, Lazarus House has begun interior construction of the Women and Children’s Day Center and administrative offices, as well as improvements to existing facilities.

The Lazarus House Emergency Shelter and Center for Transitional Living currently occupies the upper stories of 214 Walnut St., with the Women and Children’s Day Center and administrative offices in separate buildings.

“Reaching the capital campaign goal of $1.7 million will allow us to move all of our program offerings into one building, which will help keep families together and add much needed operational efficiency,” Lazarus House Executive Director Leanne Deister-Goodwin said in a news release.

John Mason, co-chair of the Lazarus House Capital Campaign Committee, said he is appreciative of the community's support of Lazarus House.

“We are thrilled that people and organizations from St. Charles and surrounding communities have dug deep to help the guests served by Lazarus House,” Mason said in the release. “They’ve gone beyond their usual contributions toward ongoing operational expenses and are investing in critical facilities upgrades that will help Lazarus improve programs and better serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

Deister-Goodwin added, “We sincerely thank everyone who’s already given. And now we ask members of our community who haven’t contributed to give what you can so we can finish implementing these important improvements.”

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