The Lazarus Day Center provides a warm, safe, hospitable place with a community atmosphere for homeless and marginally housed men and women age 50 and older. On an average day, 350 individuals come through our doors seeking food and shelter. The center is open 365 days a year from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

As a result of their age and living conditions, the majority of our guests suffer from mental and physical disabilities. The Center opened in July 1990 to serve this special population of elderly people who are vulnerable to the weather, street predators, and illness.


To the best of our knowledge, the Lazarus Day Center is the only shelter that offers and targets such a multitude of services to the elderly homeless community 365 days a year. We provide:

  • Safe, daytime shelter witha community atmosphere
  • Hot lunches and snacks
  • Clothing
  • Restroom and shower facilities
  • Women’s dressing room
  • Laundry facilities
  • 6-station computer learning center
  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Counseling from VA outreach worker
  • Information and referrals
  • Housing case management

Get Involved

Your time and skills help keep our expenses low so we can focus our financial resources on providing safe, daytime shelter for older homeless individuals. The Lazarus Day Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the day:

  • Off-site Meal Preparation
  • Meal & Beverage Service
  • Clothing Distribution
  • Towel & Supplies Distribution
  • Barber Service
  • Special Events

To volunteer or get more information on these activities, please call (206) 623-7219.

Monetary Donations
Your tax-deductible financial donations enable us to provide a safe, warm place for homeless people to rest during the day, shower, wash their clothes, and eat a nutritious meal. A gift of $20.00 will allow a person to find refuge at the Lazarus for 2 days; $100.00 for 10 days.

On-Line Donations
To make an immediate donation on-line via our secure server, click here.

Planned Gifts, Stock & Other Donations
Lazarus Day Center also welcomes bequests and memorial gifts, as well as other types of support. Please contact the Catholic Community Services Fund Development Office, at 206-328-5707 to discuss a wide variety of ways to give.

For other questions regarding direct contributions, please contact Angela Chinn Peterson.

Food and In-Kind Donations
Your donation of food helps feed more than 200 homeless people a day. Commonly needed items include: non-perishables and canned goods, dried beans, food seasonings, peanut butter, tuna, cooking oil, and margarine.

Our guests also appreciate clothing and toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors, shaving cream, after shave, shampoo, combs, and lotion.

If you would like to know about other useful items or our most urgent needs, please call the Center at 206-623-7219 or click here to email.

Wish List
Please join us in providing older homeless people with a safe place to stay; a sense of family; hope for their future; and other vital services every day of the year.

Some of the Center’s ongoing needs include:

  • Shampoo: Especially small, travel-sized containers
  • Disposable Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Reading Glasses (strength +1.25 to 2.00)
  • Men’s and Women’s Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Coats and Hats
  • Socks
  • Pants
  • Belts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Bar Soap
  • Lotion
  • After Shave
  • Kleenex
  • Canned Food
  • Food Seasonings
  • Non-Dairy Creamer
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Paper Towels
  • Large Garbage Bags
  • Volunteer Barber