To the editor:
Regarding plans for the expanded homeless shelter (Journal-World, March 23):
The remarkable patience of a dedicated group of caring people has finally been rewarded. Those who fear and/or do not understand homeless people can continue to protest, but the operative word here is “people.” The “not in my backyard” syndrome can only be remedied through education and experience (perhaps there are other means as well) but eventually our citizens need to recognize that the homeless need not only our compassion and protection but also a physical location.
Some will heal more quickly than others; some may always need a great deal of support and care. All deserve the chance to find in themselves, with whatever strength they have left, the ability to lead meaningful lives.
I have no words sufficient to express the depth of my respect for those who have persevered over the many years since the homeless in Lawrence first came to the public’s attention and, above all, Loring Henderson.
Approve the eastern Lawrence site, city commissioners, and give it your blessing.