On September 16, 2007, Lazarus Ministries partnered with SafeHouse Outreach to introduce the first annual Health Day. It took place on Ellis Street between Peachtree Center Avenue and Courtland Street. There were over 400 homeless served and 200 volunteers serving throughout the day. In 2010, 650 homeless were served by 425 volunteers. In 2011, we partnered with Atlanta Mission and moved the event to their facilities close to Centennial Olympic Park. On September 16, 2012, Lazarus Ministries held the 6th Annual Health Day With the Homeless at The Urban Garden at the Atlanta Mission, with approximately 500 volunteers helping over 1000 guests.
Numbers from the event:
middle school and high school students donated well over 1,000 pairs of men’s, women’s and children’s socks for the health fair for the homeless
Wesleyan School provided transportation on the Wesleyan mini-buses for the homeless to and from the event from various shelters throughout metro Atlanta
6 Wesleyan faculty members [Katie Dixon (MS English), Nichole Dixon (MS Science), Amanda Lang (HS Chemistry), Gabi Martinez (HS Spanish), Jen Sheppard (MS Science), and Mary Stephenson (MS/HS Writing Lab)] served as mini-bus drivers for the event.
21 high school students and 5 faculty chaperones [Adrienne Christian (HS Spanish/9th Grade Chair), Brian Morgan (Director of Information Services), Anna Myrick (MS Science), and Julie Pack (HS Bible & Serve-His League Coordinator) and Guillermo Vallejo (HS Spanish)] volunteered
Stations the homeless could visit: medical (basic medical screenings, blood pressure, diabetic checks, asthma screenings, foot/wound care, routine physicals, dental cleanings, eye exams, and mental health screenings), clothing store (gently used jeans & shoes, and new underwear and socks), hygiene (haircuts, manicures, pedicures, facials and makeovers), job prep (Resume & email help, interview skills, financial counseling), entertainment (photo-booth, games, children’s activities section, and art table), food (turkey sandwiches, fruit, chips and other snacks), book store (free books and Bibles), and Church service (held by Trinity Anglican Mission)
To learn more about Lazarus Ministries, visit: www.lazarusatlanta.org
Click the image to the right for more pictures of our students volunteering.