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Shelter receives $540K boost

With match, grant pushes fundraising for new home past the halfway point

The Lawrence homeless shelter received a $540,000 grant Friday. The money will help the shelter relocate to a site near the Douglas County Jail.

October 16, 2010

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Plans to build a new homeless shelter on the eastern edge of Lawrence received a more than $500,000 boost on Friday.

Leaders with the Lawrence Community Shelter announced that the Tulsa-based Mabee Foundation has awarded the project a $540,000 matching grant.

“We’re very excited, pleased, grateful,” said Loring Henderson, director of the shelter, which currently is located at 10th and Kentucky streets. “We feel like it is a tremendous endorsement of the program.”

Plans call for the shelter to renovate an existing industrial building just east of the Douglas County Jail into a 125-bed homeless shelter. The grant now gives the shelter project more than half of the $3 million needed to renovate the building at 3701 Franklin Park Circle.

Henderson said he’s optimistic that renovation work could begin by late February and be completed by late August.

John Tacha, a co-chair of the fundraising effort, said work would now begin to raise the matching money for the grant. The foundation will give the shelter a year to match the grant.

“But I’ll be disappointed if we don’t have the match by the end of November,” Tacha said. “This will get everybody energized.”

Tacha also said he expects the shelter to start a full-fledged public fundraising campaign in January or February. Thus far, the shelter has raised its money through grants and large private donations.

“Once we start the official campaign, we hope people will be willing to volunteer their time to help with the renovations or to help donate some of the equipment,” Tacha said. “But what we’ve been able to do so far tells you a lot about Lawrence. Lawrence is a such a unique town, a great town. We’re so appreciative.”

The shelter has received the necessary land use approvals from the city commission. A group of owners in the Franklin Business Park has contended the shelter doesn’t comply with covenants that long have been in place on the property, but shelter leaders said they are confident those issues will be worked out.

Comments

50YearResident 4 years, 2 months ago

"Tulsa-based Mabee Foundation has awarded the project a $540,000 matching grant."

Tulsa will be sending all thier deadbeat homeless and druggies to Lawrence. The $540,000 is thier bought and paid for ticket.

IndusRiver 4 years, 2 months ago

Yep, law enforcement is tied up at The Shelter on a daily basis again. So who's making money by luring all these people to Lawrence?

IndusRiver 4 years, 2 months ago

Human trafficking is big business in a town that really doesn't have any other kind of an economy.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 2 months ago

The shelter has received the necessary land use approvals from the city commission. A group of owners in the Franklin Business Park has contended the shelter doesn’t comply with covenants that long have been in place on the property, but shelter leaders said they are confident those issues will be worked out.

---business owners in the Franklin business park should be smarter than this! they know from the experience downtown the kind of population that the drunk/druggy shelter attracts. they should know the security risks posed to their businesses with placement of the shelter there. thei insurance would likely skyrocket in that situation.
plus, they're smart enough to operate businesses: they know most of us oppos the shelter in our town and if they welcome, or at least knuckle under, for the shelter, their businesses won't be viewed so favorably.

they know they would be letting the rest of us down, and attracting large numbers to trek through east lawrence backyards.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 2 months ago

why should we be providing shelter and other goodies to people with no lawrence history or no lawrence ties? it is a first half-step that Henderson "says" he's going to require shelter guests to make positive steps in order to stay there. however, given his track record, the history of the downtown shelter, we have great cause to be very cynical!

if the shelter were a home, it would've been shut down many years ago as a nuisance home!

Anne Bracker 4 years, 2 months ago

It sounds like many of you haven't actually visited the Lawrence Community Shelter (or if you have, your visit was years ago). I would encourage you to visit LCS, take a tour with one of the staff members, and ask whatever questions you might have about current operations as well as the plans for the Franklin Park site.

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