Our Mission

By living the Gospel message upon which the ministry is founded we restore dignity and self-respect to empower Guests – families and individuals struggling with food insecurity, poverty and homelessness.

Who We Are

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Since opening its doors as an emergency homeless shelter in 1983, Lazarus House has been breaking the cycle of poverty in the Merrimack Valley region.

Our food and clothing programs assist families by stretching their dollars so they can afford rent, heat and utilities. Housing provides a safe haven for homeless families and individuals.

Who We Serve

Hands of Homeless Man Receiving Bowl of Soup

Known as the “Immigrant City”, Lawrence and some of the surrounding area has always been a multi-ethnic and multicultural gateway city with a high percentage of foreign-born residents. Unemployment is typically twice the national average.

The people served by Lazarus House live a daily struggle to get the most basic needs. We provide physical, emotional and spiritual shelter from the hardships suffered in their lives, giving them the opportunity to have choices they otherwise would not have.

How We Can Serve

how we can serve

Lazarus House provides services to struggling individuals and families. Your donations help to feed and clothe our residents, add to their general quality of life, and restore dignity and self-respect.

Less than 1% of our income is from government sources, so Lazarus House relies on the generosity of our many donors. We serve people without the restrictions of government funding. This allows us to care for the individual rather than lead with specific service mandates and constraints, therefore, motivating our guests to rise above poverty with dignity and respect.

Why We Serve

Lazarus House is a gospel-based ministry and welcomes all in the name of God. We provide a continuum of care encompassing, but not limited to: food, shelter, clothing, advocacy, education, work preparation, a listening ear, a welcoming heart and the restoration of dignity and self-respect to people who are poor and in dire need.

Lazarus House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization filled with caring staff whose compassion and support give strength, healing and hope to everyone who come through its doors in need of help.

Who We Are

who we are

Since opening its doors as an emergency homeless shelter in 1983, Lazarus House has been breaking the cycle of poverty in the Merrimack Valley region.

Our food and clothing programs assist families by stretching their dollars so they can afford rent, heat and utilities. Housing provides a safe haven for homeless families and individuals.

We have developed an extensive learning environment that provides ESOL and work prep classes and training for success enabling guests to become self-reliant.

Who We Serve

Hands of Homeless Man Receiving Bowl of Soup

Known as the “Immigrant City”, Lawrence and some of the surrounding area has always been a multi-ethnic and multicultural gateway city with a high percentage of foreign-born residents. Unemployment is typically twice the national average.

The people served by Lazarus House live a daily struggle to get the most basic needs. We provide physical, emotional and spiritual shelter from the hardships suffered in their lives, giving them the opportunity to have choices they otherwise would not have.

How We Can Serve

how we can serve

Lazarus House provides services to struggling individuals and families. Your donations help to feed and clothe our residents, add to their general quality of life, and restore dignity and self-respect.

Less than 1% of our income is from government sources, so Lazarus House relies on the generosity of our many donors. We serve people without the restrictions of government funding. This allows us to care for the individual rather than lead with specific service mandates and constraints, therefore, motivating our guests to rise above poverty with dignity and respect.

Why We Serve

Lazarus House is a gospel-based ministry and welcomes all in the name of God. We provide a continuum of care encompassing, but not limited to: food, shelter, clothing, advocacy, education, work preparation, a listening ear, a welcoming heart and the restoration of dignity and self-respect to people who are poor and in dire need.

Lazarus House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization filled with caring staff whose compassion and support give strength, healing and hope to everyone who come through its doors in need of help.

Our Staff

Jeffrey Hassel
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Jeffrey Hassel

Executive Director

Jeff grew up in Connecticut, but his call to serve and an adventurous spirit led him to pursue diverse leadership opportunities in Virginia, North Carolina, Guatemala, and the northern European country of Lithuania. An ordained United Methodist Pastor, Jeff’s life always centered on putting his faith into action and making a positive difference in people’s lives.

Since his arrival in July of 2019 and throughout the COVID crisis, Jeff’s priority for Lazarus House has been to focus on what we do best and what the community needs most: Providing food and shelter for the most vulnerable in Lawrence.

Jeff has begun a top to bottom ministry evaluation and strategic planning process to guide the ministry through the end of COVID and beyond.

“At the risk of sounding uncharacteristically poetic, I’d say we are at the confluence of four rivers, each of which makes the Ministries of Lazarus House stronger:

· The river of donor trust and generosity
· The river of engagement and excitement among the Staff and Board
· The river of opportunity to serve and lead our community through COVID and beyond
· The river of ministry evaluation and strategic planning

“This is an exciting time for me, our Leaders, and the Board of Directors; we are planning the next chapter of thoughtful service!”

Jeff loves that Lazarus House is a multicultural/multiethnic ministry that operates in a city that has always been a mix of cultures, races, and economic strata. “In addition to providing vital services to our Guests, which is first and foremost, Lazarus House is also a bridge to foster understanding, respect, and connection between the diverse people of Lawrence and our constituents. I am part of a team of four Lazarus House leaders who are leading the entire staff in explorations designed to build our in-house understanding of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. This is timely and important work for the Ministry.”

Kelly Allen

Administrative Coordinator
info@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5204

Maureen Burns-Murtha

Director of Community Engagement
maureen@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5227

Ken Campbell

Food Coordinator
food@lazarushouse.org
(978) 332-5013

Eileen Cadley

Events Coordinator
ecadley@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5222

Marcy Furse

Coordinator of Volunteers
volunteers@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5217

Kelley Granahan

Director of Development
development@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5212

Danielle Tjalsma

Communications Department
danielle@lazarushouse.org
Office: (978) 269-5210
Cell: (978) 204-3500

J.C. McGuire

Thift Store Coordinator
thriftstore@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5285

Almarie Silverman

Director of Advocacy
advocacy@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5225

Linda Vincent

Work Preparation Program Coordinator
workprep@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5207

Kelly Allen

Office Manager/HR
info@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5204

 

Liset Garcia

Food Coordinator
food@lazarushouse.org
(978) 332-5013

Miguel Cruz

Program Director, Community Resources
miguel@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5280

Marcy Furse

Coordinator of Volunteers
volunteers@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5217

Kelley Granahan

Director of Development
development@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5212

Jeff Hassel

Executive Director
jeff@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5200

Carolyn Miller

Director of Finance
carolyn@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5218

Hazel Navarro

Program Director, Capernaum Place
hazel@lazarushouse.org
(978) 332-8525

Almarie Silverman

Director of Advocacy
advocacy@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5225

Danielle Tjalsma

Director of Communications
danielle@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5210

Carmen Vega

Program Director, LH Shelter
cvega@lazarushouse.org
(978) 269-5283

Our Leadership Team

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Kelly Allen

Office Manager/HR

"Getting to see the love and generosity of our Guests, donors and staff every day is a blessing. I am in awe of each and every one of them."

Miguel Cruz

Community Resources

Program Director - "The village helped me. Now it’s my turn to be part of the village helping the Lawrence community."

Marcy Furse

Coordinator of Volunteers

"Matching hearts of service to real needs of our Guests is truly a privilege ... and my favorite thing to do!"

Liset Garcia

Food Coordinator

"Who am I to judge? I love the come as you are, no questions asked community we call the Food Pantry."

Kelley Granahan

Director of Development

“What an honor and privilege it is to get to know our supporters and witness the very best of humanity every single day."

Jeff Hassel

Executive Director

"After a decade serving in other countries, I landed at multi-cultural, gospel-based Lazarus House. I love it!"

Nayely Jimenez

Thrift Store Manager

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."

Carolyn Miller

Director of Finance

"It is my joy and a privilege to manage the generosity of our donors to serve our Guests well."

Hazel Navarro

Capernaum Place

Program Director - "Capernaum Place fortifies families with stability, hope and access to opportunities that others take for granted."

Almarie Silverman

Director of Advocacy

"We treat everyone with dignity and respect. We love what we do and care about being there for our community."

Yackelin Solano

Soup Kitchen Manager

“When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.”

Danielle Tjalsma

Director of Communications

"It's a God story that I get to work at Lazarus House - you can ask me about it!"

Carmen Vega

Emergency Shelter

Program Director - "I thank God for being able to offer a warm place, hope, peace and love one family at a time."

Ed Wiederhold

Director of Operations

“It is the highlight of my career to be able to work with such an incredible team to serve this community.”

The Cummings Foundation

We are grateful to be a 2020 recipient of the Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program!

Cummings Foundation is dedicated to supporting the communities where the staff and clients of the Cummings organization live and work. The Foundation supports a wide range of diverse causes, including human services, education, healthcare, and social justice.

ECCF
The mission of the Essex County Community Foundation is to promote local philanthropy to strengthen the nonprofit organizations of Essex County, Massachusetts.

he Giving Common, Lazarus House

The Giving Common
The Giving Common is an initiative of the Boston Foundation and is a resource for informed giving to non-profits in the state of Massachusetts.