Lazarus House offers Christmas brunch

By on December 21, 2009

St. Charles—Lazarus House invites the public for food and fellowship at its annual Christmas brunch on Christmas day at the Free Methodist Church, 214 Walnut St., St. Charles. Dining will begin at noon.

The brunch is potluck; for those able to cook, a dish to pass is appreciated. Food should arrive after 11:30 a.m. in a disposable container, ready to serve at noon. Appetizers, side dishes and entrees are all welcome. People who aren’t sure what they want to bring may call Lazarus House at (630) 587-2144 to find out if there are specific needs.

“We are always grateful for people who want to help,” Executive Director Darlene Marcusson said. “We welcome volunteers to bring food and share fellowship at our brunch. This brunch is such a gift to our guests, because it allows them to blend in with others and not stand out as homeless on this joyous day.”

People who wish to help in other ways are asked to consider a gift of financial assistance. Cash contributions and gift cards to superstores are greatly appreciated, especially given the current state of the economy.

Lazarus House provides food, safe shelter, case management and support services to homeless persons in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and western rural Kane County. It currently provides ongoing rental assistance to 47 households monthly. Persons needing shelter should call (630) 587-2144. Persons seeking rent or utility assistance should call (630) 587-5872.

Last fiscal year, the shelter served 382 different persons, an average of 63 per day, and approximately 68,000 meals. The Outreach (homeless prevention) program helped 58 households with one-time rental assistance and 54 households with ongoing rent subsidies.