Letters to the Editor

Homeless site

March 27, 2010


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.


Sheila Hooper White 8 years, 2 months ago

So if they are such awesome people. Why do they lock down the bathrooms/showers at the Community Building when they have the toddler classes?

disgustedagain 8 years, 2 months ago

Agree completely. The needs of the homeless are the social responsibility of a Christian community.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

I completely agree with Marilyn Roy.

However I thought it would have been a nice addition to Baur Farms. Mostly because the east side neighbors have been home to all helping facilities. When people are kept out of sight we forget there are those that need our assistance.

What do the westside powers that be have against being recognized as a caring compassionate neighborhood?

honestone 8 years, 2 months ago

A "wet" flophouse will never be approved by the neighborhood. Try making it a dry shelter and the community will more easily support that. In these times of tight dollars it seems a smarter choice to help those that want to help themselves rather then enable those that want to suck off of the community teet and then go out and get blasted again. Will Henderson ever understand???

budwhysir 8 years, 2 months ago

Why the push for the east side. Is there something wrong with the west side of town???? Is it possible that the people pushing for this dont want it on the west side of town??? seems like we should involve the homeless people in making a decision on where it is located. If I was homeless, I would rather live on the west side of town

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 8 years, 2 months ago

"The “not in my backyard” syndrome can only be remedied...", "Approve the eastern Lawrence site, city commissioners"

As we all might have guessed, a quick search in the White Pages reveals that the letter writer doesn't live anywhere near the proposed shelter site. She's in favor of it because it's "not in her backyard." Nor is she offering her own neighborhood as a potential site, in fact she specifically states that the shelter be given approval for eastern Lawrence, no other part of town is suggested.

I rest my case.

William McCauley 8 years, 2 months ago

dancemomx2 (anonymous) says… So if they are such awesome people. Why do they lock down the bathrooms/showers at the Community Building when they have the toddler classes?

Yep you got that right! When I first took my son down there for play group, I tried to take him in the mens locker room to change him and the door was locked, it has a sign in it saying the door is locked from 10:30 to 12:00 the time frame for the toddlers play group. Now I though, that is really stupid where are we to change our kids? So I went up and asked the guys who run the place and I was told, (the women's locker is unlocked)

"Because the homeless people who come in here and use the locker room, a number of them are Pedophiles and have no business being around kids, so we lock it up during those times"

So if you have to change your child as a man you have to go down to the basement and use the floor because there is no changing station, oh yea guess where the locked out homeless also go.........

The old Allen press building is been empTy for a long while how about putting it there, still across from a jail and the cop shop and they won't have to wonder through PPN to go panhandle downtown for their next bottle.

Or how about the Alvamar hoods, that would make a great place for a homeless shelter, I'm sure the club could use some caddy's and people to fish out balls from the pond, bet the bums would be happy to do it for beers and smokes, what a deal and a win win for everyone, Loring could get a discount membership to the CC side.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

totally elitist drivel letter.

we oppose the drunk/druggy shelter, and naturally oppose helping people in their self-destruction.

we oppose forcing responsible homeless compete for space or even peace of mind with drunk/druggy bums.

we oppose a fascility that will increase the already serious attraction for the bums to our community. we kno that crime and deviancy is concentrated in the bum [habitually homeless/homeless by choice] population.

Merrill, go by and do some of that nude gardening for the new homeless site, plus please start a trend: nude lawn mowing with your business.

kcbound06 8 years, 2 months ago

As expected, M.G.Roy in their letter to the editor forgot to mention they're on the OPPOSITE side of town. Way to shift the blame Roy? What you also failed to realize is that the new homeless site doesn't offer any accomodations or facilities in the immediate area for those it's supposed to shelter. Simply put, there's nothing around it in reasonable walking distance. So, citizens like "Roy" will probably be quick to suggest a "bus pass" for residents of the shelter. Oh great move there. Yeah, let's spend even more money (with no return) to shuttle individuals around town compliments of the taxpayers. Lets keep going. Wasn't there something like 400 police calls at the shelter from last year alone? AND, even better, didn't the LJWorld also run an article last year about how a cerain individual was celebrating his 6th year at the shelter? What a raving review for spending even more money on a blackhole. My personal favorite however is still the location; right smack dab in a growing upscale neighborhood as you drive into Lawrence. But hey, no one seems to mind. I mean it's only the gateway to our sister city where most of us work everyday. I think I'll open up an adult nightclub in the old Farmland building as well. That way we can have homeless, porn, criminals, and the worst street in the city saying "HI, WELCOME TO LAWRENCE!". BRILLIANT PEOPLE....JUST BRILLIANT!!!

bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

Oak, problem with such sites: the RSO's may not show on the map if they're staying at the drunken/druggy shelter.

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