The Lazarus House Center for Transitional Living in St. Charles is the ONLY Transitional Housing Program in the tri-cities area. Lazarus House serves 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. Their mission is to provide hospitality, food, safe shelter and support services to persons who are homeless or in need. FVPC serves this mission in three capacities:

  1. Provides lunches
  2. Provides dinners
  3. Provides an overnight volunteer once per month on the fourth Sunday.
Following the 10:00 AM worship service a group of volunteers gather in the kitchen to prepare the lunches and then immediately drive them to Lazarus House. That same evening, a volunteer heats up leftover food from the Third Friday Community Dinner and takes it over to Lazarus House by 6:45 PM. Volunteers need not stay to serve.
The overnight volunteer arrives at 9:00 PM on the 4th Sunday evening, assists with clean-up after dinner, sleeps in the executive director’s office on a mattress on the floor from 11:00 PM until 5:30 AM. There is a staff person on duty and awake all night. The volunteer is there for back-up and for insurance purposes. In the morning the duties of the volunteer are to make coffee and set out the breakfast foods so the residents can help themselves. The volunteer is excused at 7:00 AM.
There is a sign-up binder in the Lower Gathering Space at the church for the overnight volunteers and for the person (s) responsible for heating up the dinner.