Homeless Ministries

Lazarus House

To serve with Bethlehem at Lazarus House, CLICK HERE.

Lazarus House in the Free Methodist Church at 3rd and Walnut Streets in downtown St. Charles is open 365 days a year, serving men, women and children connected in the school districts of St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and western Kane County who are homeless or at risk. Lazarus House offers safe, overnight shelter, food and support services, and is staffed both by volunteers and professionals.

Lazarus House offers three major programs:

  1. An Emergency Shelter serving mid Kane County open 365 days a year. Emergency shelter staff are available 24/7 and may be reached at 630-587-2144.
  2. The only transitional housing program (Center for Transitional Living) in the Tri-Cities and western rural Kane County area.
  3. An outreach program that provides rent, mortgage and utility assistance to qualifying households when grant funds are available.

For more information on Lazarus House click here.

Bethlehem disciples provide food and on-site overnight help for approximately 60 guests on the second Saturday evening of each month throughout the year. Our needs include a volunteer for an overnight shift from 9:00 pm-7:00 am. and volunteers to provide hot dishes, salads/vegetables, desserts/fruits, milk/juice and bag lunches.


Hesed House

To serve with Bethlehem at Hesed House, choose from the service dates below:

February 28, 2020: CLICK HERE
April 24, 2020: CLICK HERE
June 26, 2020: CLICK HERE
August 28, 2020: CLICK HERE
October 23, 2020: CLICK HERE
December 23, 2020: CLICK HERE

Hesed House at 659 River Street near downtown Aurora is a center for ministries providing services for poor and homeless individuals and families. Housed in a building that was formerly the Aurora incinerator, this facility has now become a beacon of hope and light to hundreds of people who are struggling to rise out of poverty.

Hesed House includes a food pantry, soup kitchen, medical clinic, transitional living center and an overnight, emergency shelter known as P.A.D.S. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). With our partnering church, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church of St. Charles, Bethlehem is most directly involved with P.A.D.S. on the fourth Friday of the months of February, April, June, August, October and December, as we provide groceries, prepare meals and support staffing for approximately 150 overnight guests. Volunteers shop for and deliver grocery items, cook & serve dinner, make breakfast sandwiches or brownies or sign up to staff one of the three shifts: 4:00-7:00 pm, 6:30-9:00pm, and 8:30-10:30pm.

Click for instructions on preparing “breakfast sandwiches” and “dessert bars“. 

For more information about Hesed House, click here.


Habitat for Humanity

Habitat is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry. They believe that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They do this through building, renovating and repairing houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. They welcome all people to work with them in partnership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, click here.

Bethlehem Lutheran is one of 11 members in a partnership in the Northern Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. We provide financial assistance (Father’s Day offering) as well as volunteers to build affordable housing in this area.