Lazarus Ministries KC
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 Mr. Glen Ladd
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Leader
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Lazarus Ministries accepts donations in the following ways:
  • By mail - Send donations to Lazarus Ministries: PO Box 22450. Kansas City, MO 64113
  • Online - at
  • Matching gifts - Ask your Human Resources office for information.
  • Stocks and bonds - Ask your tax advisor for more information.
  • In-kind donations - Donations of clothing, food, and personal hygiene items are always needed for our clients. In particular, we always have great need for men's underwear, men's socks, backpacks, travel-sized mouthwash, lip balm, and sunscreen. Seasonal needs are detailed on our website (
  • Volunteer Opportunities - Lazarus Ministries relies heavily on volunteers to operate our programs. No previous experience or training is necessary, and we accept individuals or volunteer groups. E-mail for more information.
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 a 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 clothing and personal items, emergency overflow shelter for single homeless women, supportive housing and wrap-around services, and medical and dental care.
In the summer of 2017, we relocated to Linwood United Church, situated on 31st between Olive and Linwood 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 current programs in our new location include:
  • Weekend meals provided at no cost to all in need, through Lazarus' Table (estimated 10,000 meals served annually).
  • Lazarus Clothing Boutique, providing professional and casual clothing and personal items at no cost to all in need on weekends (estimated 2,500 visits annually).

We have experienced great success in partnering with volunteers to walk along-side our clients as they take steps to move beyond their current circumstances.
Impact Statement
Lazarus Ministries top accomplishments from the past year include:
1.  Consistent meal service for all in need every Saturday lunch.
2.  Adding three additional high-quality and dedicated part-time staff members to our team.
3.  Increasing the number of community members served to 60-100 weekly.
Goals for the coming year include:
1.  Continue the process of becoming a recognized part of Kansas City, Missouri's Ivanhoe and Santa Fe neighborhoods.
2.  Continue working in partnership with Linwood United to grow services provided for the community. 
3.  Add Lazarus Table and Lazarus Boutique programming on Sundays.
Needs Statement
Our most pressing needs include:
1.  Increased giving, including developing a grassroots fundraising effort, increased corporate sponsors, and more volunteer.s
2.  Engage volunteers to become consistent donors and extend our reach.
3.  Upgrade kitchen appliances.
4.  The addition of air conditioning on the Boutique floor, in storage areas, and in offices.
5.  Addition of more high-quality Board members
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

My name is Glenn Ladd. I am a retired police chief of six years, and have served as the Board Chair of Lazarus Ministries for two years. Lazarus Ministries has been blessed over the years with a ratio of very good leaders at all levels.  Many of our successes, in fact, are a tribute to this leadership - among volunteers, staff, and Board members.  These include weathering our recent move and managing an organization with significant volunteer representation.

Challenges include creating an atmosphere where staff, volunteers, and Board members feel fulfilled, valued, and recognized.  Lazarus Ministries volunteers are vital to the success of the organization.

After our move in 2017, we engaged a facilitator to guide a discovery process for best practices moving forward. Through a series of strategic planning sessions, we have adapted and modified our programs to where we are now with a new location and new clients. Fortunately, our new home is very hospitable and our relationship with Linwood United couldn’t be any better. Most of our volunteers have followed us to our new location and we are thankful for that. They are truly an asset in all we do. We were also fortunate to have received a bequest of $25,000 from a couple who had been engaged with us at our old location which is also helpful as we make this great leap of faith. We don’t have the solid footing yet that we had on our old foundation, but we are quickly creating a new history and building new relationships that will guide us into the future.


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. 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 $10,000.00
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:
  • 2,000 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 2,000 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 in our former location at Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church.  SMILE Dental Clinic is offered in conjunction with Sojourner Health Clinic - a dental extraction clinic in partnership with UMKC's Dental School.  

While the two clinic remain at our former location, we are planning to open similar clinic in our new location soon. 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.
Program Budget $165,000.00
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

Short-term success is achieved when our target population is able to get the care they need in these clinics, rather than going without or resorting to emergency room visits.

Long-Term Success

Long-term success for both clinics is achieved when homeless and low-income individuals who would otherwise do without, receive outstanding outpatient care. 

Program Success Monitored By

Outcomes are measured with patient charts and Clinic schedules.

Examples of Program Success

This program has changed countless lives. In the last two years nearly 500 patients have been treated.


Lazarus’ Table serves over 11,000 weekend meals each year to people in need. A commercial kitchen, staffed by volunteers, operates weekly to to serve free meals in restaurant 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.

Program Budget $80,000.00
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 11,000 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 2017, Lazarus' Table served 11,000 plates of food.

Spirit Sisters is a weekly educational program, connecting women in need with female volunteers as mentors and friends. Weekly educational programs include such topics as nutritional cooking, self-defense, and healthy relationships. Service activities and investment in the community is a consistent part of the program. The program include service projects, field trips, special speakers, incentives for participation, nutrition, and assistance with needs such as bus passes or transportation to medical appointments.

Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Information & Referral
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success is achieved when participants identify needs and the mentors and /or staff can assist in meeting those needs.
Long-Term Success Long-term success is witnessed when former Spirit Sisters participants become mentors for the program.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by the social worker who attends the sessions.
Examples of Program Success The group is building cohesiveness and support for each other.
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 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 the Association of Fundraising Professionals, 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.
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 8
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 2000
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 3
Caucasian 6
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 4
Male 5
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. We were an active participant in the Mid-Town Hunger Summits hosted by NourishKC, as well as a partner in the new warehouse collaborative initiative. Ivanhoe Neighborhood Association along with community organizations and social service agencies, including Metro Lutheran Ministries, Bishop Sullivan – St. James Place, True Light and Reconciliation Outreach, have been tremendously helpful in assisting our efforts to identify gaps in services and areas of greatest need. Partners like CrossLines, Servant’s Heart Outreach and Big Brothers and Big Sisters benefit from donations we can’t utilize and are able to share.
We continue to rely heavily on partnership with Linwood United Church, where we are housed, and our excellent volunteers. Linwood is charging Lazarus a small monthly rental fee for the use of seven classroom/offices and the kitchen/dining room in their existing facility. They are providing us with access to their security system and cameras. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of Lazarus Ministries programming, including food preparation, restaurant style service, and clean up in Lazarus Table, and clothing sorting, set up, and distribution to guests through Lazarus Boutique.
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2010
National Coalition for the Homeless2008
Philly AwardNonprofit Connect2011
Philly AwardNonprofit Connect2012
Executive Director InstituteNonprofit Connect2015
Volunteer InstituteNonprofit Connect2016
Volunteer InstituteNonprofit Connect2019
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Glen Ladd
Company Affiliation Community Leader
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Ms. Valencia BroadusValencia Enterprises, LLC
Rev. Ron BrooksRetired Pastor
Mr. Warren GreenUnited Missouri Bank
Mrs. Marilyn KuntzCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Glen LaddRetired Chief of Police, North Kansas City Police Department
Ms. Mallory LaurSt. Luke's Hospital
Mr. Mike MorrisWells Fargo Bank
Ms. Kristine PennCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Kirk ReidCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Amy SleeperChildren's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Derrick WilliamsFarmer's Insurance
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
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, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $201,100
Projected Expenses $196,942
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$83,613$152,768$181,058
Administration Expense$76,873$50,716$47,329
Fundraising Expense$56,753$56,099$30,567
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.880.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses38%59%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$85,151$113,877$114,950
Current Assets$65,458$75,667$73,375
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,714$35,708$6,682
Total Net Assets$79,437$78,169$108,268
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.462.1210.98
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
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

Other Documents
Organization Name Lazarus Ministries KC
Address 3151 Olive Street
Kansas City, MO 64109
Primary Phone (816) 533-3138
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jessica Brooks-Bryon
Board Chair Mr. Glen Ladd
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Leader
Year of Incorporation 2009