Homeless people in Lawrence should have a place to shower in a few weeks.
With the city's help, the local Salvation Army is installing two showers and renovating a bathroom at its homeless shelter gym, 946 N.H.
Salvation Army Capt. George Windham said construction on the new facilities may begin in about two weeks. The city is paying for the project, which will cost less than the original estimate of $14,500, Windham said.
Plans also are under way to build showers, changing rooms and a laundromat by Thanksgiving at a local drop-in center for homeless people at the Second Christian Church, 1245 Conn.
"I think there is enough need that what they do and what we do will complement each other," Windham said. "I want to let the people who support the Salvation Army know that we are doing something for this."
As part of the Salvation Army project, the current women's bathroom will be converted to hold two showers and a changing room.
The men's bathroom will be renovated for use by both men and women, Windham said.
The project should take two to three days to complete once work is started, he said.
Windham said St. Joseph's Hospital in Wichita, which provides laundry services for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, would donate towels for the facility.
In addition, the Salvation Army hopes to install a washing machine.
The shelter is open from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
It will open daily in October.
Showers that had been used by the homeless at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th, cannot be used because the building is under renovation.