UPS funds green projects for Lazarus House

By on December 15, 2009

St. Charles—Earlier in the fall, Lazarus House received a $16,841 environmental sustainability grant from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS.

Funds will be used to insulate the Lazarus House Women and Children’s Day Center exterior walls, add ceiling fans in sleeping and office areas to reduce heating/cooling costs and install hand dryers to reduce paper waste.

Lazarus House Executive Director Darlene Marcusson said, “I am so pleased about this grant. Given the current economy, there is no way we would be taking on these projects without special funds. Every dollar is going to essential needs like utilities so the homeless in our community have a safe place to stay. This grant should help us reduce our utility costs, which is not only good for the environment, but also good for our budget.”

Lazarus House serves people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and are connected to mid-Kane County.

Shelter services, available at (630) 587-2144, include case management and employment assistance, in addition to everyday essential needs such as food, shelter, showers and laundry. Outreach services, available at (630) 587-5872, include grant-funded rent and utility assistance, as well as case management for qualifying households.