Better Business Bureau Report for
Lazarus House: a center for wellness

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Lazarus House: a center for wellness
Address: 4106 Austin St.
  Houston, TX 77004
Phone: 713-526-5071
Web Address:
Also known as:Lazarus House
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2001, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Lazarus House: a center for wellness is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, dedicated to decreasing and limiting the cachectic affects of disease/condition related muscle loss in chronic illness including, but not limited to cancer, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, muscular dystrophy, spinal trauma and other chronic conditions through low cost services of wellness, nutrition, and support in a non-clinical environment. It is also the mission of The Lazarus House to serve clients in a comfortable, non-clinical environment. Operating from an historic Victorian house, the trademark “home-style” Lazarus House strives to create a safe haven to alleviate clients’ anxieties and inhibitions about physical training in general setting.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Lazarus House: a center for wellness meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Lazarus House is dedicated to helping the community of Houston successfully combat and manage cachexia, or disease related muscle loss. They teach life skills to the chronically ill so they may learn how to enjoy a more productive and improved quality of life. Cachexia is the devastating cycle of malnutrition and muscle wasting that accompanies numerous chronic illnesses like cancer, HIV/AIDS, lupus, muscular dystrophy, and even situations like spinal cord trauma. It robs clients of their energy, sense of well being, quality of life, and ability to live independently. The Wellness Program offered by The Lazarus House provides hope and opportunity to those who face chronic illness. Set in the safe haven setting of a refurbished Victorian house in Midtown Houston, the Wellness Program is a multidisciplinary program that focuses on the body, mind and spirit through an integrated program of exercise, nutrition, and peer support. The Wellness Program teaches adults and adolescents alike life improving skills that empower each individually to attain an improved quality of life.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Lazarus House: a center for wellness's program expenses were:

Wellness Program 138,211
Total Program Expenses: $138,211
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Chief Executive : Danielle Sampey, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Tino Ramirez
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: business owner--The Chocolate Bar/Candylicious

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 5

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $112,646, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Lazarus House: a center for wellness's unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Grants/Donations 60,201
Benefits, other 52,445
Program Services 43,073
Total Income $155,719


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 84%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $155,719
Program expenses $138,211
Fund raising expenses 7,381
Administrative expenses 19,761
Total expenses $165,353
Expenses in Excess of Income (9,634)
Beginning net assets 74,898
Other Changes in Net Assets 109,151
Ending net assets 174,415
Total liabilities 199,402
Total assets $373,817

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The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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