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‘Good Morning America’ segment to focus on director of Lawrence’s homeless shelter

The Lawrence Community Shelter is set to get some national attention from Good Morning America. The feature story will take a look at the shelter's director.

April 26, 2010

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Friday night fundraiser

The Lawrence Community Shelter will host a large dinner and dancing fundraiser on Friday.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Oread Hotel, 12O0 Oread Avenue. The event will honor Lawrence residents and shelter supporters John and Deanell Tacha.

The evening also will feature an auction of several items donated by area businesses and residents, including a private dinner with Kansas University basketball player Brady Morningstar and other members of the team.

Tickets are $75. For more information, call the shelter at 832-8864.

The Lawrence Community Shelter’s efforts to raise money for a new $3 million shelter will get a nationwide boost.

Shelter director Loring Henderson will be the subject of a profile by ABC’s “Good Morning America” program in early May.

“Good Morning America” co-host George Stephanopoulos will be in Lawrence as part of a series that profiles people who have been mentors in the lives of ABC personalities, Henderson said.

“It is supposed to be very much about me and George, but I’m going to do everything I can to make it about homelessness in Lawrence,” Henderson said.

Henderson said an ABC news producer told him that a crew would be in town during the week of May 10 and that the profile was tentatively scheduled to air May 18.

Henderson said the timing hardly could be better. The shelter hopes to win final approval Tuesday evening for a permit that would allow the shelter to relocate to a warehouse next to the Douglas County Jail in eastern Lawrence. Upon final approval, an aggressive fundraising campaign is expected to begin.

“It is keen,” Henderson said. “It is wonderful. I think it could help us a lot. Certainly we’ll talk a lot about the shelter and how it fits into the scene here and the vision.”

Henderson and Stephanopoulos have known each other since the early 1980s, when Stephanopoulos was a Washington, D.C., intern and Henderson was working in D.C. government.

“I was volunteering at a soup kitchen, and he wanted to do some volunteer work,” Henderson said. “So, I took him along.”

The two have stayed in touch ever since.

“He is an extremely smart man,” Henderson said. “He is the type of person you certainly thought would go far. But the biggest thing is he is very decent.”

Stephanopoulos in 2009 came to Lawrence as part of a fundraising event for the shelter, and then donated $100,000 to the effort.

Henderson said this latest venture makes him nervous, but only because he’s uncomfortable about the attention it may shine on him.

“My first reaction when George called was to say no,” Henderson said. “But I can’t say no to George. He’s been so generous to us. And it is for a good cause. We need to publicize the work that is being done with the homeless.”

Comments

Newell_Post 4 years, 10 months ago

OMG. Every bum west of the Mississippi will be headed to Lawrence.

Newell_Post 4 years, 10 months ago

Give me your addled, your stoned, your intoxicated Your huddled masses yearning to live free, The wretched refuse of your inner cities. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to Loring Henderson He lifts his lamp beside the golden trough.

4 years, 10 months ago

To Loring & George: Make sure you include statistics on the usage of the shelter. Are these locals who had issues and need assistance or are these people coming from outside the area.

My guess is the latter.

IndusRiver 4 years, 10 months ago

I bet those signs in Dallas and Albuquerque just came down.

Sheila Hooper White 4 years, 10 months ago

smitty - don't forget the bathrooms are locked in the community building during the toddler time.

Newell_Post 4 years, 10 months ago

I like this idea. Does anybody know when they are filming on location?

Raider 4 years, 10 months ago

Oh, and don't forget the homeless guy who pulled a railroad spike on someone at Free State Brewery... because they wouldn't give him their been and cigarettes. That was just a couple of weeks ago.

The homeless in this city are getting more brazen. They refuse to help themselves, and when someone refuses them a handout they resort to violence. So why not spend millions to attract more of them to Lawrence?

bearded_gnome 4 years, 10 months ago

Proves the amazing corruption of the mainstream media!

George Stepsonallofus gives money to this, his dear pal runs it, and he's doing the story? objectivity? riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!

there's a real scandal brewing about the management plan for the new, so-called "dry" shelter that's not going to be dry.

stop the enabling now!


on a happier note: http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/bearded_gnome/2010/apr/26/a-lawyer-walks-into-a-bar/#c1224746

roggy 4 years, 10 months ago

I might agree that the mainstream media leans to the left and isn't very objective. That being said, the article clearly states that this is a series that profiles people who have been mentors in the lives of ABC personalities.

grmajones 4 years, 10 months ago

There are so many people struggling across America-including the majority of us in Kansas-Instead of sitting in front of your computer all day and making snide remarks in order to make yourself feel superior,go out and help your community,volunteer,vote,get involved with the real world.

esteshawk 4 years, 10 months ago

It's good to see so many Christian comments coming from a heavily Christian state (yes, that's sarcasm). What a bunch of haters. It seems pathetic to bash those with less than you - does it make you feel big, to look down and belittle others that are not as fortunate? But for the grace of God, there go I.

januarygirl 4 years, 10 months ago

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!!!! OF ALL THE SHELTERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND THE PLACES WHERE THE HOMELESS PROBLEM IS SO MUCH GREATER AND IN NEED , LAWRENCE ,KANSAS GETS THIS KIND OF ATTENTION ON THE "GOOD MORNING AMERICA SHOW" . THE ONLY FAIR THING FOR THE SHOW TO DO ,IS TO HAVE A PERSON TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF LAWRENCE ON THE REASONS WHY THERE IS OPPOSITION FOR THIS PROJECT. THIS IS A SHOW FOR THE MONEY, I HOPE THAT THE SHOW REVEALS HOW POOR THIS LOCATION IS AND WHY IT IS PUSHING FORWARD .

Jeanette Kekahbah 4 years, 10 months ago

Well I wonder if George is going to include the homeless guy who ate the 9 yr old boy he befriended by the bridge in his story. Happened in like 1991 or 92. Fishing buddies. What he didn't eat, he used for bait.

Yeah, we residents of Lawlessrence want to become a destination for homeless-by-choice.

And right after Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center had its budget cut by HALF, too.

Maybe Loring Henderson ought to be less willing to babysit shelter users' booze, weapons & illegal drugs and instead address the problem of where the homeless in need of psychiatric medicines are supposed to get them.

Wishful thinking.

Meatwad 4 years, 9 months ago

This is ridiculous. They should honor someone who has a shelter that actually helps poverty stricken people of a town, and not a shelter who not only enables drug and alcohol addicts but also attracts them to Lawrence. I wish Loring would take his big heart and his drug and booze addicts to another city, and maybe someone could operate a facility that actually helped sober people and families who need help and a safe environment.

jayhawk72 4 years, 9 months ago

I know a recently displace individual whom is staying at the shelter. She was there when they were filming. She said that Mr. Henderson had mentioned that each "resident' of the shelter was receiving job assistance and counseling help on a daily basis. That is NOT being offered to them. (besides telling them what bus to get on to get to the Workforce Center) They were also made to stand outside in the rain while a "selected few" were allowed to be filmed. Why? Are you afraid of looking bad in the eyes MILLIONS of people across the nation? Homelessness is a REAL issue since the economy crashed. These are people...no matter what their problems are. Be it addiction, alcoholism, or just plain down on your luck. People turn to BAD things as a resort of numbing out the pain in their life. Pushing them outside while you make yourself look like superman isn't the answer. Not to mention that it makes them feel "less than." Nor is putting up new posters and such. You want to look as if we can't afford to build a new shelter. Dilapidated posters and limited sleeping conditions would have done just fine by themselves without you hanging NEW posters. If anything you should have let them all stay inside so that America could see that we have a major problem, not only in our town, but in our country as a whole. Its not just individuals, but families that are being affected. If I were on the shelters committee, I would be watching that bank account for ANY discrepancies just to be sure the monies are going toward the purpose they are intended for and that doesn't include lining any one's pocket. Loring........ Get some people in there that are willing to make a difference. Get some students studying psychology or social service to come in and volunteer their time in place of credit to help those that WANT it.( and I emphasize WANT) We are a college town...utilize it. I'm sure some students studying in that field would be glad to help those in need for some course credit...not to mention the good feeling you get just by helping and being there for someone who feels they have no one to turn to that will listen.
GET RID OF ....the night monitoring couple that do nothing but make-out ALL NIGHT LONG. There are better places for that. Must suck to have to listen to loud smooching all night long when you are trying to sleep just a few feet away. I know I have a tendency to gripe about a lot of subjects here. This one holds a place in my heart. I have many soap boxes to stand on. But people, sometimes the solution to the problem IS just as easy as it seems. Keep it simple. Be blunt. Make your point and be open minded to those that have opposing opinions. What a boring world this would be if we were all made from the same cookie cutter. Have a wonderful day.

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