A letter from Lazarus House in a time of outrage, frustration and hope
 
Jesus taught us that the two greatest commandments are "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind" and, "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:27). He was clear that there are no exceptions to that love.
 
As a Ministry founded on emulating the ways of God and on the call to justice, welcoming all in the name of God, offering kindness, dignity and respect to those who come to our door, we stand against the sins of racism, prejudice, oppression, and social injustice. This is not a fleeting statement. These are the principles and values by which Lazarus House has served the community since opening our doors in 1983. We believe in the sanctity of every human life and interconnectedness of all people.
 

 
Immediately, we commit to:
 
We are a diverse family at Lazarus House – a family made up of intricate and beautiful relationships between staff, Guests, donors, and volunteers. We welcome your help, thoughts, ideas, and feedback as we look for ways to combat racism and injustice at home and in our nation.
 
 
On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors,
Jeff Hassel 
Executive Director  
Robin Gorski-Routhier
President, Board of Directors

Our Prayer
Dear God,

Thank you for your faithfulness in all circumstances.

In the past two weeks, we have been reminded that we have a long and painful history with the sin of racism. We have far to go to love our neighbors without allowing the color of a person's skin to be a determining factor…in anything.


Lord, we ask you to open our eyes, so we see our biases and the ways we fall short of treating every person with the dignity and respect that is due, as we are all made in Your image. We want to break free from these bonds of racism and commit to striving for this change. We need Your help to guide us to that holy ground on which we practice love of neighbor without color, race, or background being a factor.

Bless our City of Lawrence, our Commonwealth, our nation, and our world.



Amen.
LAZARUS HOUSE – A Beacon of Hope in the darkness of poverty and homelessness. Lazarus House helps women, men, and children living in poverty restore their dignity and self-respect. We welcome all who come to our door and offer lifesaving and life-giving services in the areas of food, shelter, clothing, and education.