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                        interview by Eszter Vajda

 

Lazarus House Ministries, Inc. January Enews 2013

"It's amazing when you watch a light in their heart turn on as they begin to see their own self worth ... "

Eszter Vajda talks to Bridget Shaheen, Exec. Dir. Of the Lazarus House Ministries, about an extraordinary concept that helps people get out of poverty and get a job.
Eszter Vajda talks to Bridget Shaheen, Executive Director of Lazarus House Ministries, about an extraordinary concept that helps people get out of poverty and into the workforce.

"Lazarus House has grown significantly over the last few years because we wanted to answer to the needs of the community and also offer a continuum of services that would not be just a band-aid but help people move out of poverty. We have a soup kitchen and food pantry - these are our first lines of entry into Lazarus House for many of our people and it introduces them to the possibilities . . . "

 

Watch the interview with Bridget Shaheen and learn about the amazing programs of Lazarus House and the impact of this organization on Lawrence and the surrounding communities.

Thank you to all our Christmas volunteers and donors!
Christmas 2012 We are winding down our Christmas programs after the whirlwind holiday season and are deeply grateful for your generosity and thoughtfulness! 
 
Project Bethlehem supplies gifts to the community and because of our donor families, 15 homeless families had warmth and joy this past Christmas. Children's eyes grew bright as volunteers brought them bags of presents from our gift room. 
 
Christmas2 2012A woman whose family lost everything in a fire wept as we brought gifts to her, saying "The only good thing that's come out of this is how people have been so extraordinarily giving and generous." 
 
This season Project Bethlehem served 423 families; that's more than 1500 people! Our Christmas volunteers greeted 282 donors as they dropped off gifts and also helped deliver donations to approximately 46 families living in our shelters or participating in Lazarus House programs. Thank you for exemplifying the true meaning of Christmas; we could not have done this without you! As you welcome this New Year, please know that you have made a difference.
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 IRS charitable rollover is retroactive for early 2012
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 reinstated the IRA charitable rollover for 2013 and made it retroactive for 2012. For the 2012 tax year only, IRA owners can choose to report qualified charitable distributions made in January 2013 as if they occurred in 2012. Please consider such a gift to Lazarus House by January 31st! Thank you.
 

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"New Balance" Matching Gift Challenge

The New Balance Foundation has awarded a challenge grant towards our campaign.  New Balance will match every new gift pledged in 2013 to the Campaign for Dignity up to $150,000 in total.

 

Anne Davis, Managing Trustee, New Balance Foundation, said "Through our long-term commitment to Lazarus House, both financially and as volunteers, we strive to strengthen our connection to the local community.  We are proud to partner with Lazarus House in support of their vision to further enhance the services and facilities necessary to empower the lives of more people in dire need."

 

If you would like to "double your donation" and make a pledge as part of the New Balance challenge grant to the Campaign for Dignity  please donate online at http://lazarushouse.org/dignity; by mail at Lazarus House, Campaign for Dignity, P.O. Box 408, Lawrence, MA  01842; or by emailing Ray Joyce, Director of Development. Thank you!

What's Happening?

The Winter Auction is Open!

Lazarus House Ministries, Inc. is auctioning off a number of fun and unique items for you to bid on to help raise money for people in need of our services in the Merrimack Valley. Bid on jewelry, photography, tickets, health & fitness, travel and more. The auction is open and accepting bids until February 8, 2013 at 9 a.m. 

 

Lazarus Open House
Tuesday, February 5th at 3 p.m. Meet at Good Shepherd Center, 412 Hampshire St, Lawrence MA. Otherwise call 978-689-8575 to schedule an appointment at your convenience.
Bilingual volunteer needed

A volunteer who speaks Spanish and English is needed to help exiting trainees with resume preparation, assisting with applications, job searching and mock interviews one day a week beginning in February. Please contact the volunteer coordinator if interested in this position.

 

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Lazarus House Ministries, Inc.
412 Hampshire Street, PO Box 408
Lawrence, MA 01842
978-689-8575
Fax (978) 682-7004