The city's only overnight homeless shelter will open for the winter Monday night, Salvation Army officials said Friday.
Backed by $6,000 in donations since last week, the organization hired two directors Thursday to operate the shelter at 946 N.H., said Betsy Anderson, a case worker for the Salvation Army.
The shelter has operated sporadically this month, as officials sought the $15,000 they would need to run the shelter regularly from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m., seven days a week, through May 1.
The recent donations, however, have given officials the confidence to commit to a winter schedule.
"Right now, with the donations, we can afford to open," Anderson said. "It is great news. We've got a lot of support from the community."
Maj. Daniel Uptegrove, commander for the Lawrence Salvation Army, had been awaiting approval from the organization's regional offices in Kansas City, Mo., before hiring directors.
The two directors will work a total of 77 hours a week, with each earning $5 an hour.
Anywhere from a handful to two dozen homeless people a night seek shelter at the Salvation Army, which sets up cots in the gymnasium following league basketball games, Uptegrove said.
The city estimates that at least 280 homeless people live in Lawrence.