Geneva East Book Club has once again decorated the Lazarus House Giving Tree in the Geneva History Museum’s Giving Tree fundraiser. This year, our tree highlights the celebration of Lazarus House’s 25th Anniversary. In 2022, Lazarus House will celebrate 25 years of serving our neighbors experiencing homelessness in central Kane County. Throughout that time, the community has given gifts of compassion, time, talent, and financial support to Lazarus House. Our Gifts from the Heart Silver Celebration Tree is an expression of gratitude for their support over the past 25 years. Lazarus House has been there for our neighbors in crisis as a place of safety, warmth and care when needed since 1997.

This gorgeous tree is on display at Deane’s Market & Deli at 500 S. 3rd Street in Geneva. You do have to enter the restaurant to view the tree, but there should be a photo & QR code on the front window & inside for patrons to vote. You can also vote for our tree at the Geneva History Museum at 113 S. 3rd Street, or online at with donation dollars. Lazarus House was voted the #1 tree in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Can we count on your 2021votes? Voting runs from November 22 thru January 1, 2022.There is no limit to the number of times an individual can vote.

The winning organization keeps 100% of the funds pledged to support their tree.  The remaining organizations split the winnings with the museum.  Lazarus House is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit Emergency Shelter and Center for Transitional Living serving men, women, & children from Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and western rural Kane County.

Lazarus House is once again not able to host a community-wide Christmas Brunch, but will be having a special holiday meal for our in-house guests and the households we support through out Homeless Prevention Programs. If you are willing to bless our home by providing for any of the items below or wish to volunteer to help set up or assist on Christmas day, please contact Megan at

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH… Cook and deliver an item below for guests to share on Christmas Day!
We’ll need:
Sliced, honey baked hams
13×9 pans of  breakfast casseroles
Veggie casseroles
Green salads
Large bottles of juice
Cases of canned soda 
Cases of bottled water

Please deliver food hot, ready to serve in disposable pans between 11:15-11:45am on Saturday December 25th, 2021. 

100 sturdy dinner plates
100 dessert plates
100 Pre-packaged forks-spoons-knives
100 plastic cups
100 foam cups 
5 packages napkins 

Please arrange to have above supplies dropped off no later than Friday, December 17th, 2021.

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214 Walnut Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Main Number & Emergency Shelter: 630.587.2144
Homeless Preventions Services/Rental Assistance: 630.587.5872

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