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Archive for Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lawrence Community Shelter puts on barbecue, party

The Lawrence homeless shelter hosted a barbecue event just outside its downtown location Wednesday. The shelter is set to move to a new location within the next year.

October 13, 2010

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The Lawrence Community Shelter will host its sixth annual BBQ and Block Party.

It will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today on 10th Street, between Vermont and Kentucky streets.

The party is a joint effort of the shelter, Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, the Oread Neighborhood Association, and the Coalition for Homeless Concerns. The goal is to bring together the neighborhood and the community.

Food and music will be provided. For more information, contact Loring Henderson, director of the shelter, at 764-2095 or visit its website at www.lawrenceshelter.org.

Comments

sierraclub 4 years, 2 months ago

Lets give out awards also.
1) Being homelss the longest. 2) From the longest away. 3) The number of arrests. 4) The most days in jail. 5) The most money collected in one day. 6) The one who was drunk the longest.

Please help me out some, I'm sure there are more awards that we could give out. We need to reward them some more.

slowplay 4 years, 2 months ago

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Deb Engstrom 4 years, 2 months ago

This is a great event. It brings the community together in a positive way.

Zachary Stoltenberg 4 years, 2 months ago

So, not only do taxpayers pay for these ne'er-do-well's to eat, give them a place to sleep it off, and enable them to continue their lifestyle, now we are paying for them to party too? Something is seriously wrong with this picture. In a down economy priority must be given to true needs. Loring Henderson is flipping burgers with one hand while reaching into our pockets with the other. No argument can be made to convince me that this is anything other than a "feel good" move for the shelter, I seriously doubt if any of the neighbors want to come out to meet the drunks. This absolutely should not be happening, it's a waste of resources by an organization that relies on tax dollars and donations. Hope the police are ready...

Larry Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

I went last year. Nice party. Met a lot of people that would have been off the streets if they made more money. A surprising number had jobs - just didn't make enough to eat and rent an apartment. Found a couple of guys I would have hired if I had a way to do it.

And none of them were drunk.

Daniel Speicher 4 years, 2 months ago

I have always found it interesting that we, as a species (and as a nation), have not evolved to the point of stepping outside of ourselves and truly looking at people for who they are... People.

We are all broken. We are all selfish. We are all users. At one time or another, we have all been guilty of what the cynical responses above have charged the visitors of the LCS.

I will be the first to admit that there are abusers of the system. There are those who have the ability to better their situation and choose to remain in their current condition. There are those who make a living out of taking money (either via tax dollar or panhandling) from those who have earned it through hard work.

But, I assure you... They are the minority. Unfortunately, their nuisance is more visible than the majority.

The majority make up those who are down and out on their luck and those who have physical and/or mental disabilities that keep them from being able to maintain steady employment or obtain adequate resources.

I think most of us sympathize with those who are down and out... We've been there or know someone who has been. We know that the majority of Americans are only a few months of no income away from homelessness, themselves. We get that. We care about them. These are the ones that are easy to help.

But, the group within the majority that we do not understand and do not choose to care for are those who are mentally unstable. These are the ones who scare us. We would just as soon laugh at them than give them cheeseburger. Oddly enough, these are the ones at highest risk as they do not often seek help regularly... Even from places like the LCS. They are in need of caretakers, but there are no funds for the caretakers to be provided.

Instead, they are left untreated for their conditions and more often land in jail for nuisance than a hospital for medical or psychological care.

I would encourage all of you to do two things:

1. Get to know some of them. Do so safely... Yes, some are dangerous. But, one could say that about anyone you don't know. Take them a burger or a Chipotle. Or, if you are feeling really kind, bring them into the Chipotle with you and dine together. Get to know their story. I bet it's not as selfish as you think it is.

2. Realize people are people... Even the ones who are "scary" to us. Stop villianizing people simply because you don't understand them.

This is a great event and I really hope it opens people's eyes to this fact. Thanks for doing this!!

--Danny Speicher

simone 4 years, 2 months ago

Very well said.

And zstoltenberg get a life.

Daniel Speicher 4 years, 2 months ago

Yes, information and thoughts contrary to your own can make close-minded folk a bit sleepy. Sorry about that.

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