Lazarus House invites community to Thanksgiving feast

By on November 21, 2009

St. Charles—Lazarus House invites the community to join the staff, guests and their many supporters to attend its annual Thanksgiving Feast from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the Tri Cities Salvation Army, 1710 S. 7th Ave., St. Charles. Dinner will begin at noon.

Lazarus House, 214 Walnut St., St. Charles, offers safe shelter, food and support services to men, women and children connected to St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and western rural Kane County who are homeless or at risk of becoming. It has programs available that can provide emergency assistance with rent or utilities and also an ongoing rental assistance program. For information about these programs, contact Lazarus House Outreach at (630) 587-5872.

“The feast has become an ongoing tradition of the community coming together to sit alongside of each other and share a meal,” said Darlene Marcusson, Lazarus House executive director. “Folks who are homeless or alone for Thanksgiving, as well as those who simply want to add more meaning to their holiday, see this as a chance for extended neighbors to touch each others’ lives while they enjoy a bountiful buffet from many special family recipes.”

For those able to cook, a dish to pass is appreciated. Food should arrive between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. in a disposable container and ready to serve. Anything from cooked turkey to potatoes or vegetables is welcome. There is no cost, and everyone is invited to join for food and fellowship. Anyone who wants to bring a dish and/or dine at the feast is encouraged to call Lazarus House at (630) 587-2144.