Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Our mission is to offer guests, connected to our communities, who are homeless or in need hope for the future by providing hospitality, food, safe shelter, and education - tools for life.
Lazarus House has three comprehensive programs to support the homeless and those at risk of homelessness: Emergency Shelter Program, which includes our Women & Children’s Day Center, Center for Transitional Living, and Outreach Program. The purpose of our services is to assist clients to increase self-sufficiency with the goal of achieving and maintaining permanent community housing. Lazarus House also serves as a soup kitchen for struggling households and as a de facto 24/7 crisis hotline for over 1,600 calls last year. Over the past 18 years Lazarus House has been proactive in optimizing its ability, in partnership with others, to live its mission of offering hope and a future to those in need.
The shelter is open 24 hours, 365 days a year, Monday through Saturday and at least 15 hours on Sunday. The Women and Children's Day Center is open seven days a week from morning until bedtime. The Center for Transitional Living is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Three meals are provided: a hot meal in the evening, breakfast, and a lunch (bag lunches are provided for those who need one). Local churches and other community volunteers prepare and serve meals. A strong case management focus is offered to each person to help them address their specific needs.