Lazarus House is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and connected to mid-Kane County.
We serve men, women and children connected to the school districts of St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and western rural Kane County who are homeless or are at risk, safe shelter, food and support services. We are:
Our mission is to provide hospitality, food, safe shelter, and support services to persons connected to our community who are homeless or in need. May all who enter feel the love of Jesus.
We believe that everyone here is a gift from God, and we are here to help those whom need assistance. We work together with many social service agencies, a large and wonderful network of volunteers, federal, state, and community resources, and our donors, to help provide the specific services needed by each person and family.
Our desire is to give all those coming to our doors the opportunity for hope and a future.
The 2013 Lazarus House Annual Report is available for those who are interested. Click here to view.
June 1, 1997
Lazarus House began as a warm weather shelter (June through September) for homeless individuals connected to St. Charles.
A more detailed background to Lazarus House is available here.
Since inception, Lazarus House has been blessed to be able to fulfill its mission of helping our neighbors in need find hope and a future. Along the way, it has expanded its service and received recognition for its efforts. These accomplishments reflect the ongoing dedication of the Board, staff, volunteers, and donors in serving community needs. Selected highlights are listed below
2000 Executive Director Darlene Marcusson Received the Illinois Woman of Achievement Award ---recognizing her efforts in founding Lazarus House
2000 Executive Director Darlene Marcusson Received the
Barth Award ---recognizing outstanding work in the human service field.
2002 Received Civic Image Award---recognizing the addition of the new Center for Transitional Living.
2002 Received Illinois Governor’s Hometown Award---recognizing the significant contributions of volunteers in the community making our community a better place to live and work.
2006 Executive Director Darlene Marcusson Received the Peace Award from the Crisis Center--- for work on behalf of victims of violence.
2006 Received St Charles Chamber of Commerce Not-for-Profit Small Business Award---which recognizes a small business that has made big contributions to the community outside of the business world.
2006 Received the Terwilliger-Dorland Award for service to the community and efforts to enhance the lives of children.
2007 Received St Charles Chamber of Commerce Community Development Award for its new Women and Children's Day Center—recognizing significant investment in the business community.
2007 Received St Charles Chamber of Commerce Civic Image Award---recognizing humanitarian efforts which have brought outstanding, positive recognition to St. Charles, enhancing the image of the community.
2009 Executive Director Darlene Marcusson Received the NAMI Advocate of the Year Award ---recognizing efforts advocating for those with mental health issues.
2009 Executive Director Darlene Marcusson Received the 2009 Roscoe Ebey Citizen of the Year Award --- recognizing her humanitarian efforts to provide hope and opportunity to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.
2010 Proclamation: Proclaiming June 19th in Perpetuity to be Lazarus House Good Neighbor Day in the City of St. Charles --- proclaimed by St.Charles City Mayor, Donald P. DeWitte along with the St.Charles City Council. To view the proclamation....
2011 Named “Best of the West / favorite local charity” by West Suburban Living magazine.
2012 Executive Director Liz Eakins and Associate Director Carol Crytser received Partner in Peace Awards from the Crisis Center--- for work on behalf of victims of violence.
2013 Executive Director Liz Eakins received the Toastmaster's International District 54 Communication and Leadership Award.
2013 Executive Director Liz Eakins was recognized as a Kane County Woman of Distinction as a representative role model and leader in her field and community.