Volunteers with the Community Drop-In Center, which provides services for the homeless, are seeking the public's help in establishing a permanent location for the center.
This spring the center was awarded $15,500 in Community Development Block Grant funds through the city of Lawrence.
However, the organization must have a permanent location to have access to the funds.
Currently, the Drop-In Center operates out of the Oread Friends Meeting House at 12th and Oregon streets.
But volunteers are negotiating with a potential landlord and could move into a downtown office.
"We couldn't afford this place we like, unless we come up with some additional money," said Shannon Tauscher, who chairs the center's board of directors.
"We felt like right now would be a good time to appeal to the community."
Tauscher declined to elaborate on the office the Drop-In Center is interested in, saying negotiations still are under way.
"We feel that the current climate in Lawrence is such that the community supports providing services for people who are homeless, particularly if those services promote and facilitate self-sufficiency."
She said the organization is in somewhat of a catch-22 because there are few funding grants available to help with establishing a permanent location.
People interested in helping may send contributions to Tauscher at 3901 W. Eighth, Lawrence 66049.
Anyone with questions may call her at 832-0823.
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