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.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Bridget Shaheen has been associated with Lazarus House since 1983 and has served as its Executive Director since 1993.
In recognition of her commitment to community service, Ms. Shaheen has received the Paul E. Tsongas Award for Exemplary Community Service, the Eagle-Tribune “Great People Make Great Places” Award, the Merrimack College Tikkum Olam Award, the Lazarus House Ministries Christ the Servant Award, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Yankee Clipper Boy Scout Council, the Lawrence International Quota Club’s Dr. Nina Scarito Award, the Lawrence Bar Association Citizen of the Year Award, and the Boston Celtics’ Heroes Among Us Award, Enterprise Bank’s Community Service Award, Central Catholic High School’s Witness to Faith Award, Self Esteem Boston’s Extreme Esteem Award and Lawrence Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award.
Ms. Shaheen is a graduate of Merrimack College where she also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Anselm’s College.
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The Cummings Foundation
We are grateful to be a 2018 recipient of the Cummings Foundation’s $100k for 100!
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.
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.
The mission of the Essex County Community Foundation is to promote local philanthropy to strengthen the nonprofit organizations of Essex County, Massachusetts.