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Lazarus House Ministries helps head of households and individuals living in poverty regain their dignity and become self sufficient members of our community by offering emergency shelter, food and clothing to people in crisis and then providing transitional housing, advocacy, health services, education and work preparation to permanently break the cycle of poverty.




Our Emergency Shelter has 41 beds and 7 cribs. Our transitional housing facility has 20 units. And, we have two homes dedicated to assisting families and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Learn more...


Our three thrift stores supply affordable and sometimes free clothing, furniture and household items to the Lawrence, Massachusetts community. Learn more...


Lazarus House Ministries’ Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen feeds 225 people daily. We also have a new food pantry that provides groceries to more than 800 families a week.
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Work Preparation

SPARK*L.E. Cleaning Company and the Culinary Training program offer real world training opportunities and our extensive learning environment provides essential ESL classes. Learn more...

Bitter cold weather brings homeless people to temporary shelter at Lazarus House

The young man, in his early twenties, leaned against the wall exhausted by the effort to stand. He sighed deeply, turned to Bridget Shaheen, Executive Director of Lazarus House and said, "You know I sleep under the bridge. Sometimes it's so cold out, that when I shut my eyes to sleep, I'm never sure if I will wake up in the morning."

With the winter nights of New England dipping into bitterly cold, single-digit temperatures, it can make for very harsh conditions for people who live on the streets or in abandoned buildings. To respond to the need on these frigid nights, an announcement is made at the Good Shepherd Community Center and Soup Kitchen (Center) to spread the word throughout Lawrence, "We will be open tonight to serve anyone who has nowhere else to go."