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Helping Others At Christmas

Lazarus House is located at 214 Walnut St. in St. Charles. (Photo provided)

As a retired teacher and principal, Paula Jensen of Geneva wanted to still spend time in the community sharing her expertise and helping others.

She chose Lazarus House in St. Charles. The nonprofit organization offers the homeless or those at risk shelter, food and whatever else they might need to get back on their feet.

Jensen started volunteering weekly in 2006 at the main shelter. Every lunch hour on Thursdays, she would serve food, talk with clients and just be a familiar face to the women and children there.

“I had been volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank and heard about Lazarus opening up their women and children center. It caught my attention,” Jensen says. “You just get so involved with the people there. They come and go, but there’s always a new face and a new person to help.”

About five years ago, Jensen also began helping out during the holiday season. She first started organizing all the gifts that came in for the children and adults.

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