In need of service hours? Come to the Lazarus House in Lawrence, MA! The shelter is sponsored by local churches and local government. Last night they were sheltering 25 people including 6 or 7 children. The shelter lets the people in need stay for a few months. During that time the shelter takes their state support, like food stamps, housing assistance, and welfare money and holds it aside for each guest. (Residents are allowed to have a small allowance.) The shelter helps residents find good jobs, job training, and provides all meals needed. When the few months are up, the residents will ideally have enough money saved for first, last, and security deposit on an apartment of their own. They will also ideally have a job. When the residents move out of the shelter they will be given the option of being taken to a large warehouse to pick out gently used house hold items, clothing and furniture for free. We met at the church at 4:15 PM, gathered the food, drove to the shelter, and returned home by 7:30 PM.
If scouts or parents would like to help, give me an email. There is also a sign up list at the First Congregational Church in Pelham.