Lazarus Ministries of Grand Avenue Temple
3151 Olive Street
Kansas City MO 64109
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 533-3138
Mission Statement
Offering unlimited compassion while providing for the unmet needs of Kansas City’s urban core through a volunteer program which creates awareness and fosters community.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jessica Brooks-Bryon
Board Chair Ms. Alicia Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cornerstones of Care
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Offering unlimited compassion while providing for the unmet needs of Kansas City’s urban core through a volunteer program which creates awareness and fosters community.
Background Statement
Lazarus Ministries was started as an outreach program of an urban church in Kansas City, Missouri - Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church - in the mid-1990s when the plight of downtown Kansas City, Missouri fell to a low point. We began addressing emergency needs of homeless in the neighborhood, first with weekend meals, then with clothing and personal items, emergency overflow shelter for single homeless women, supportive housing and wrap-around services, and medical and dental care.
Grand Avenue Temple has requested that we find a new location as downtown is changing and Grand Avenue’s mission as a church is changing. In anticipating this move, our Board of Directors considered the future of our agency, and the needs of our current and future locations. A move east is the logical next step to continue meeting the needs of Kansas City’s urban core.
Downtown development has not only changed the landscape of Kansas City, Missouri, but also reshaped and relocated the needs of our urban core. Based on this, and after exhaustive consideration and research by our Board of Directors, Lazarus Ministries will relocate in June 2017 to Linwood United Church. Linwood United is situated at Linwood and Olive in mid-town Kansas City, MO, in the 64109 zip code. Built in the early 1900's this building served as the original site of United Methodist Emergency Services. In 1975, Linwood Presbyterian, Southeast Presbyterian and Linwood United Methodist congregations merged to form Linwood United.
Our relocation to the historic Ivanhoe Neighborhood means that we will be serving a different, but no less needy population. We will be caring for families, the elderly, and the working poor. An existing strength of Lazarus Ministries has always been our ability to connect clients with staff members and volunteers in working relationships so our clients have companions as they move through their own personal process toward self-sufficiency and success. This will continue in our new location, even as our target population will evolve from homeless adults to families and working poor.
Impact Statement
Lazarus Ministries' top accomplishments from the past year included:
  1. Securing funding for a Dental Extraction clinic, and launching SMILE Dental Clinic in partnership with the University of Missouri - Kansas City Dental School.
  2. Providing nearly 13,000 plates of food to homeless individuals in downtown Kansas City, Missouri; clothing more than 3,400 homeless individuals; and providing more than 1,400 nights of shelter to homeless women.
  3. Identifying a new location for our agency, and delivering clear communication to nearby agencies, stakeholders, and constituents about our move and a plan for continued service downtown while assessing needs in our new community.
This year, our goals include:
  1. Strategic planning and program evaluation to understand needs in our new community, identify necessary programs, and develop service delivery plans.
  2. Launching Lazarus Boutique and Lazarus Table out of our new location - Linwood United.
  3. Launching a second location of Sojourner Clinic in partnership with medical services provider.
  4. Expanding SMILE Dental Extraction Clinic to include hygiene services.
Needs Statement
Our most pressing needs include: 
  1. General operating support
  2. Men's clothing and shoes (in-kind donations)
  3. Technology upgrades - We are interested in partnering with a company who has technology resources to donate.  We need five laptops, one for staff to share, and four to establish a computer lab on-site for clients.  The total cost of this project is $9,133 to cover laptops, hardware and software, computer lab furniture, wireless internet service, and installation.  We welcome any of these items as in-kind donations as well.  We have technology support from MCK Computerworks to help us set up the client computer lab. 
  4. Air conditioner window units (7 @ $300, or $2,100 total) - Our new location does not have central air conditioning.  Seven window units are needed to provide services in the summer.  One donor has already given two window units, and KC Faith Works has agreed to install the units for free.  
Please email if you can help with any of these needs. 
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
In preparing for our move, Lazarus Ministries has been working with Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to identify specific needs within a one, three, and five-mile radius of Linwood United Church. According to their resources, the population within one mile of our new location was 14,537 in 2016 and is expected to grow to 14,926 by 2021. In that same one-mile radius, 40% of housing units are renter-occupied, 30% of housing units are vacant, and median household income is $22,089. Nearly 87% of the population within one mile of Linwood United is African-American. Only 6% of residents within the one-mile radius have college degrees. Twelve percent are unemployed.
Great need exists in our new neighborhood. Based on feedback from current funders, volunteers, and other stakeholders, we understand that our current staff structure is limited and will restrict us from identifying needs through engagement with the community, and then meeting those needs through strategic partnerships. We are excited about the opportunity to serve our new neighborhood, and understand the challenge of serving through strategic growth.

Lazarus Boutique continues the mission of Lazarus Ministries to clothe those in need. The Boutique is open Saturdays to provide free clothing and personal hygiene items to anyone in need.

Volunteers sort and size donations and restock the Boutique weekly with great attention to style and quality. We only set out clothing that volunteers would want to wear. In addition, we accept donations of travel size hygiene items, which are easier for clients to carry. Volunteers also serve as personal shoppers each Saturday to assist in selecting sizes and fulfilling all client needs. With a personal shopper, we can ensure each individual receives what they need and gets the correct sizes, while also providing a sense of dignity to have a volunteer’s undivided attention for even just a few moments.

Program Budget $6,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
In the coming year, short-term success for the Lazarus Boutique program will be measured through the following outcome:
  • 3,000 clients will receive free clean clothing and free personal hygiene products.
Long-Term Success Long term success for Lazarus Boutique is defined by continuing to meet the clothing and personal item needs of our clients.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored through Boutique records of clothing and personal items distributed.
Examples of Program Success
In the past year, intended outcomes for Lazarus Boutique were met, and clothing and personal item were provided to more than 3,000 clients.

Sojourner Health Clinic is a free clinic managed by medical students from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Medical School. Students provide general outpatient care to homeless and economically disadvantaged who have been served at Lazarus Ministries in our Grand Avenue Temple location.  This past year, we added a dental extraction clinic in partnership with UMKC's Dental School.  

Sojourner Clinic and SMILE Dental are remaining at Grand Avenue Temple in partnership with Lazarus Ministries without disruption of service. Lazarus and Sojourner are in conversation about how the partnership can be expanded to our new location to serve a new community with different needs opening no sooner than summer 2018. Our shared hope is to keep Sojourner downtown and continue meeting those needs, and to expand the clinic to the new location once we better understand the healthcare needs of our new neighborhood.
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment Services
Population Served Homeless, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Sojourner Clinic measures the following outcomes:

  1. Improve access to quality health care by providing 300 uninsured and underserved homeless individuals with free health care appointments during the year.
  2. Improve health outcomes for uninsured and underserved homeless individuals by providing free medication to at least 75% of 300 patients during the grant period.
  3. Demonstrate improved health outcomes for uninsured and underserved homeless individuals by documenting lower A1C levels in diabetic patients.
Long-Term Success

Long-term success for the Sojourner Clinic is achieved when homeless individuals who would otherwise do without, receive outstanding outpatient care. 

Program Success Monitored By

The first outcome is measured using patient charts and Clinic schedules.  The second outcome is measured using medicine dispensary records and patient charts.

Examples of Program Success

The Sojourner Clinic has changed countless lives. In the last two years nearly 500 patients have been treated.


Lazarus’ Table serves over 15,000 weekend meals each year to people in need. A commercial kitchen, staffed by volunteers, operates weekly to feed anywhere from 350 to 500 clients. Meals are free and served buffet style. Nothing is asked of an individual seeking food - our goal is only to provide food to the hungry.  

We seek to provide a place where the clients initially come for a meal, but ultimately find a sense of community, acknowledgement, relationships, and resources. Through these intangibles, we begin to build relationship to help our clients with other pressing needs.

Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
In the coming year, short-term success for Lazarus' Table will be measured through the following outcome:
  • At least 15,000 weekend meals will be provided annually.
Long-Term Success The ultimate change resulting from Lazarus' Table is improved nutrition and health among economically disadvantaged in our city.  We understand that additional needs can only be met when the immediate need of food and nutrition has been met.  Lazarus' Table is the foundation for all Lazarus Ministries programs.
Program Success Monitored By The number of meals served will be monitored by the program manager through inventory and attendance counts.
Examples of Program Success
In 2016, Lazarus' Table served 13,000 plates of food.
CEO Comments
The target population for Lazarus Ministries in our new location will be residents in the neighborhood surrounding Linwood United Church (64109 zip code). We have documented the following general demographic information from for 64109:
  • Population: 9,931
  • Median household income is $23,098
  • 36% of residents are unemployed
  • 21% of residents have no health insurance coverage
  • 32.5% of residents live below poverty level
  • 64% of housing units are renter-occupied
  • 26% of family households are female-led
Linwood United is already offering outreach programs that will complement the services Lazarus will bring to the community. We intend to meet with neighborhood residents and partners with at least three community engagement sessions within our first few months in the new space. It has always been a hallmark of Lazarus Ministries to work one-on-one with clients and to respond directly to individual and unique needs. We look forward to joining this new community and working alongside residents to provide programs and meet needs identified by residents.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Jessica Brooks-Bryon
Term Start Feb 2010

Jessica Brook-Bryon's career focus has always been women and children. Volunteering with the Women's Shelter is what brought her to Lazarus Ministries.  After working for several years in direct practice settings she realized that for her, change that most directly affects the lives of clients was made at an administrative level through policy and programming decisions. 

Jessica's heart for the world of nonprofit led to a Master’s Degree in Social Work focusing on nonprofit administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. With a varied background in direct service to clients, she took her people skills to the Development Department of and began a career in Donor Relations, a natural fit for a Social Worker. 

After learning the ropes of the fundraising world and joining AFP, Jessica quickly recognized the important connection between the Development staff’s need for real and honest stories to share with donors and the Program staff’s ability to share them in a way only someone working directly with clients can appreciate. provided the experience but Jessica still felt a need to connect with clients and an international organization did not provide the ability for that outlet. As a result, Jessica joined Lazarus Ministries as Associate Director.  She was offered Executive Director two years later and is excited about helping the organization grow and define itself as an outreach program within the Kansas City community.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 6
Volunteers 3000
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 7
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 7
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Lazarus Ministries has strong relationships with several agencies in the Kansas City community that support our work. We are participating in the Mid-Town Hunger Summits hosted by Episcopal Community Services to better understand what’s happening in the area related to hunger relief. Ivanhoe Neighborhood Association along with community organizations and social service agencies, including Metro Lutheran Ministries, Bishop Sullivan – St. James Place, TrueLight, and Reconciliation Outreach, have been tremendously helpful in assisting our efforts to identify gaps in services and areas of greatest need.
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2010
National Coalition for the Homeless2008
Philly AwardNonprofit Connect2011
Philly AwardNonprofit Connect2012
Executive Director InstituteNonprofit Connect2015
Volunteer InstituteNonprofit Connect2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Alicia Smith
Company Affiliation Cornerstones of Care
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Rev. Ron Brooks Retired Pastor
Mr. Tom Burchett Associated Wholesale Grocers
Mr. Warren Green United Missouri Bank
Mrs. Marilyn Kuntz Community Volunteer
Mr. Glen Ladd Retired Chief of Police, North Kansas City Police Department
Ms. Mallory Laur St. Luke's Hospital
Mrs. Kay McCarthy KM Executive Consulting
Ms. Kristine Penn Community Volunteer
Mr. Kirk Reid Community Volunteer
Ms. Amy Sleeper Children's Mercy Hospital
Ms. Alicia Smith Cornerstones of Care
Mr. Derrick Williams Farmer's Insurance
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments

Lazarus Ministries is experiencing a time of growth on the Board of Directors.  Several of our original Board members have served full terms and are transitioning off to make room for new Board members.  We are working to time each shift in an intentional way in order to maintain consistency. Simultaneously, we acknowledge the need for Board diversity in age and ethnic background, and continue to work toward that end.

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $262,000
Projected Expenses $253,223
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$181,058$195,542$158,274
Administration Expense$47,329$70,261$58,472
Fundraising Expense$30,567$12,624$10,865
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.720.840.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%70%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%5%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$114,950$174,071$169,964
Current Assets$73,375$129,131$145,850
Long-Term Liabilities$0$3,644$0
Current Liabilities$6,682$20,224$6,425
Total Net Assets$108,268$150,203$163,539
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.986.3922.70
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%2%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose       
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Organization Name Lazarus Ministries of Grand Avenue Temple
Address 3151 Olive Street
Kansas City, MO 64109
Primary Phone (816) 533-3138
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jessica Brooks-Bryon
Board Chair Ms. Alicia Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cornerstones of Care
Year of Incorporation 2009