Lazarus Day Center has moved and changed its name to Lazarus Center!
On July 21, 2018, Lazarus Day Center moved into a newly renovated building and added night shelter to its services. Our program name has changed to Lazarus Center.
Each night, the main room converts into a men’s shelter and the activity room into a women’s shelter. The main room will accommodate 40 men and the activity room will shelter nine women, with flexibility on that ratio depending on need.
Lazarus Center’s new address is 2329 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144.
The Lazarus 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 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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 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 with a community atmosphere
- Hot breakfast and lunch; dinner for overnight guests
- Restroom and shower facilities
- Women’s dressing room
- Laundry facilities
- 6-station computer learning center
- Lockers for overnight guests
- Activities such as Bingo, arts & crafts, and card games
- Drug and alcohol counseling
- Counseling from VA outreach worker
- Information and referrals
- Housing case management
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 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.
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.
To make an immediate donation on-line via our secure server, click here.
Planned Gifts, Stock & Other Donations
Lazarus 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.
The Center especially needs clothing and shoes to stock its new, empty clothing closet!
Our guests also appreciate 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.
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
- Reading Glasses (strength +1.25 to 2.00)
- Men’s and Women’s Underwear
- Coats and Hats
- Men’s Shoes
- Bar Soap
- After Shave
- Canned Food
- Food Seasonings
- Non-Dairy Creamer
- First Aid Supplies
- Paper Towels
- Large Garbage Bags
- Volunteer Barber