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DROP-IN CENTER HOPES TO REOPEN

November 29, 1998

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Community Drop-in Center officials hope to reopen the facility this week with services for Lawrence's homeless population.

Lawrence's homeless may again have a place to sit down and stay warm each morning this winter if a few details can be ironed out by officials of the Community Drop-in Center.

The center, which shut its doors April 1, has been approved for a $128,000 federal grant to purchase a new building to share with Project Acceptance, another Lawrence group serving the homeless.

But until a new building is available, the Drop-in Center hopes to again operate out of the Oread Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, a Quaker congregation at 1146 Ore.

"It's not for sure," said Saunny Scott, chair of the Drop-in Center board. "We need to find four volunteers."

Scott said the plan is to open the doors to those in need with "a place out of the cold" from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. People who take overnight shelter at the Salvation Army are asked to leave at 7:30 a.m. each morning.

The group will provide coffee, toast, newspapers, a telephone and a shower. It will alternate days with the Jubilee Cafe, a morning meal offered for those in need Tuesdays and Fridays at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Oread Friends donated its building for the same purpose last winter, but ended the month-to-month agreement in the spring, Scott said.

"They felt they'd like to have their space back," said Scott, who also is a member of the Quaker congregation. "It seemed best to shut it down in the spring, giving time for some other group to step in."

Scott said she had hoped another, larger congregation would open its doors. The Oread Friends church has about 20 members, Scott said.

When that didn't happen, the Oread Friends agreed to offer its space for the winter.

"We're hoping that by next year we'll have our own space in conjunction with Project Acceptance," Scott said.

Scott said the group hoped to open its doors by Wednesday.

-- Kendrick Blackwood's phone message number is 832-7221. His e-mail address is kblackwood@ljworld.com.

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