The Lazarus ministry provides hope and help to people in the City of Alexandria who are in crisis situations; the homeless, the working poor, the disabled, and the chronically unemployed. Volunteer counselors are on hand each Wednesday and Thursday morning to assess the immediate needs of the individuals seeking assistance. In the past 12 months, 38 Lazarus Ministry volunteers helped 3,929 guests in crisis. Client Choice Food Pantry provided food for 8,117 individuals.
- Wednesdays- Financial Assistance, arrive by 8:00 a.m
- Thursdays- Food Pantry, 9:00 a.m.
What to Bring
- Photo ID
- If you are using a passport for ID, you will also need documentation with your name and present address.
- Copy of any bills, disconnect notices, eviction notices, or rental agreements with which you need assistance
- Limited financial assistance with utility bills, rent, prescriptions (not narcotics), and clothing
- Receive food from our Client Choice Food Pantry
- Information regarding alternate sources of assistance
- We do not help with overnight accommodations at motels/hotels and phone bills.
Other Places to go for Help
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church offers the Lazarus Ministry on Tuesday mornings with the same guidelines as us.
A Story from the Lazarus Ministry
“I just want to thank you for your time, and the Christ Church family. God bless you all,” a guest of the Lazarus Ministry wrote as part of a note to Tara Knox and the Lazarus Ministry. She came here when she had nowhere else to go. She had lost her job of five years and was struggling not to give into resentment. To add to her difficulty, payment of unemployment benefits had been challenged and her savings was exhausted. Only days after being late with her rent, she received the notice that would start eviction proceedings. She had been earning enough that she didn't qualify for benefits from Social Services and had no family who could help. Someone at Social Services suggested she come to us. We helped her talk to her landlord about back rent, confirmed that her unemployment benefits would start soon, and by partnering with the ALIVE! organization, helped her with rent assistance. She left saying she was ready to find a new job. She has since called to say that she is starting a customer service job that is everything she wanted.
Her trip to Christ Church helped her bridge a financial gap that was pushing her toward homelessness. Beyond that, it reminded her that she is not alone, that she is not praying alone, and that she has a family.