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Advocates for homeless services in Lawrence will meet for their annual town hall meeting. Open to the public.From organizer Steve Ozark: This is an exciting time to shape the future of Lawrence. Or is it? The answer depends on you and me. Our community has been given a federal grant through Wichita State University to find out what YOU think is most needed to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors living in poverty, or in homelessness. The questionnaire is only 5 questions. YOUR answers will help develop a community vision. Please respond here. Saturday, January 10 is our 5th annual Town Meeting on Homelessness. This year is especially aimed to invite the community to listen and voice your questions and concerns how we can best prevent and solve poverty and homelessness in Douglas County. The meeting is 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran, 1245 New Hampshire (south of South Park). Please join us for this annual summation of what is working and what is not (flyer below). Our City, County and United Way is doing a point-in-time "Everybody Counts" of the number of people and families experiencing homelessness. This is important not only for us to understand how many people suffer in crisis, but also for funding to help people get food, clothing, shelter and a way out. Volunteers wanting the help should gather this Friday, Jan. 09 at 3:30 at the United Way building (2518 Ridge Ct.). The count takes place on January 28. I'll be there. Will you please join us? The InterFaith Initative meets Tuesday, January 13, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational, 925 Vermont. We need more of you to add your piece of the puzzle to help people solve the daily challenges they face. Please join us. There's so much we can do together. Please do what you can and join in the solution.

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