Lazarus House in $1 Million Feinstein Challenge

The homeless shelter wants donors' help in raising funds.

A St. Charles-based shelter that helps feed the hungry in central Kane County is looking for community support as it competes for up to $1 million in March and April.

What , located at 214 Walnut St., earns from the Feinstein Challenge depends on donors. All donation sent in and marked specifically for the Feinstien challenge will be totaled at the end of April. Lazarus then reports that total to those running the challenge.

Based on how well Lazarus does in raising donations and how many other nonprofits also participate, the $1 million fund will be divided among all charities who enter in the challenge.

“We are grateful to the Feinstein Foundation for this annual challenge, which gives us an opportunity to bring attention to the needy from our community,” said Liz Eakins, executive director of Lazarus House. “Many people are struggling and we are privileged to help make a difference in their lives.”

The money they get back from the Feinstein Challenge, which is put on by the Feinstein Foundation, won't be a dollar-for-dollar match but they will get a portion based on how much Lazarus raises.

This is the second year Lazarus has participated in the challenge. 

Lazarus House also is currently in need of the following items:

  • Small 9"x13" Aluminum Pans
  • Wax Paper
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • 13-gallon Garbage Bags
  • Heavy-duty paper plates
  • Daytime adult alcohol-free cough and cold medicine (No night-time formulas)

Lazarus House serves the homeless and people at risk of homelessness or food insecurity. For most of this fiscal year, the shelter has served a record number of people.


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