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Lawrence homeless shelter director Loring Henderson to receive award

August 26, 2011

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The director of the Lawrence Community Shelter is receiving an award from a group of Lawrence church congregations for his service to the homeless.

Loring Henderson will receive the “Service Above Self” award from the four Lawrence congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Henderson will receive the award at the church’s award ceremony at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 3655 W. 10th Street.

In addition to the award, the church will make a $1,000 donation of meat and groceries to the homeless shelter.

Comments

ilovelucy 3 years, 3 months ago

A very well deserved recognition for a wonderful and giving individual.

jimmyjms 3 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations, sierraclub. Your caricature of an oblivious (and heartless) ideologue is spot-on.

Lots of children at the shelter...are they "aimless?"

Congratulations and thanks are in order to Loring Henderson.

Imagine where we'd be with people like sierraclub at the helm.

angelbear 3 years, 3 months ago

you have never needed help then because i can tell you first hand that LCS is wonderful and it works. not only got me and my famly off the streets but helped me get into a place that i have been in for years now so please stop talking like you know what goes on down there unless you been there.

Tony Kisner 3 years, 3 months ago

He has done a great job in expanding his business. Downtown merchants could take something from his business model.

Marcia Epstein 3 years, 3 months ago

Loring is an amazing, kind, compassionate person dedicated to the very challenging work of helping people experiencing homeless improve their lives. I am very happy to hear about this recognition for Loring and his work.

Deb Engstrom 3 years, 3 months ago

I agree. He is very deserving of this award.

Starbrite 3 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations to Loring. This is a well-deserved award.

boxers_or_briefs 3 years, 3 months ago

If he could just do a better job he'd be out of business by now.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 3 years, 3 months ago

Hopefully he is awarded a free move to any city of his choice, not in Kansas.

50YearResident 3 years, 3 months ago

Shouldn't that be the "Golden Fleese" Award?

50YearResident 3 years, 3 months ago

Shouldn't that be the "Golden Fleese" Award?

geekin_topekan 3 years, 3 months ago

Loring Henderson is a great American who serves his country with humility. Thank you.

kernal 3 years, 3 months ago

As much as I disagree on many issues about our local homeless shelter, Henderson has earned this award.

geekin_topekan 3 years, 3 months ago

Loring is a successful entrepreneur whose retail experience earned him a comfortable living. Now he has dedicated his life to service work. He could have been a greedy slob and stayed in business and earned more wealth than he could ever spend but his God consciousness guided him to helping others instead of succumbing to his primal instinct to hoard.

I challenge any one to match that graciousness and fortitude. Any takers? Didn't think so.

Bob Forer 3 years, 3 months ago

Hey geek, how bout giving folks a chance to respond. I'll take you up on hour offer.

Mr. Henderson's life story is not that unusual. There are a lot of folks who spend most of their lives chasing the almighty dollar, and upon reaching their late fifties or early sixites, with a nice bundle of loot stashed away, they turn to charitable efforts, perhaps to ensure their "entrance into Heaven." Nothing terribly gracious about that.

On the other hand, I know a lot of people who have spent their entire lives fighting for social justice. Those folks were more concerned with making THIS life better for humanity.

Please don't confuse the real heroes with the selfishly driven charlatans.

geekin_topekan 3 years, 3 months ago

Hey Psycho, that's half a response. Where's the other half?

Bob Forer 3 years, 3 months ago

Okay. I will concede the man has a little fortitude. But so did Atilla the Hun,.

geekin_topekan 3 years, 3 months ago

Uh huh. May I assume that you are drawing this conclusion from the many visits and personal interactions you have had with Loring Henderson?

You have either spent time with the person you are criticizing or you have not.

Bob Forer 3 years, 3 months ago

I know the man. However, my concept of social activism does not allow me much time to assist in the enablement of drunkards. . I leave that to the "Saintly" among us.

geekin_topekan 3 years, 3 months ago

Indeed. The current rules are too lax and the neighborhood suffers for it, i think that has been established many times on this board.

But, at least Loring is doing something while most do nothing and that is the reason that he has earned some recognition. He is not perfect, I don't believe that is his goal. But he and the rest of the staff are doing the best that they can with what they have.

I often look at those who have been clients for at least a decade, and many who were LINK patrons back in '85. Clearly the shelter does enable destructive behavior but how many were hurt on K-10/Dg Co. this past weekend? Of course we can titfor tat all day long but this is not about the shelter, its about a man who is doind while the rest are whining.

windex 3 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations, Loring. The world needs more people like you.

jimmyjms 3 years, 3 months ago

"Turn away the people who are just wondering around. Too many just traveling the country and acting homeless."

Evidence? Citation? Link?

Time to stop talking out of you backside. It's beyond obvious that you don't know what you're talking about.

blindrabbit 3 years, 3 months ago

Loring, no doubt has done a great job at what he does. The problem with the Lawrence Homeless Shelter is not him, but the way the shelter is operated. Too many lax rules, too many drunks, too many lazy drifters, not enough discipline or direction for those who are truly trying to better their situation. The directors and management of the shelter as well as the Lawrence City Commissioners know there are better ways to achieve success, but have chosen their own failed approach. Just look and the situation in Topeka to find a workable, responsible solution

skinny 3 years, 3 months ago

How about we do what other towns are doing. Instead of giving the homeless a one way ticket out of town instead we give Loring a one way ticket out of town!

wigginsfleming 3 years, 3 months ago

I am very interested in finding out exactly what the shelter rules are. Would also like to know who decides the shelter rules. Also, what are the rules based on. Is it law, creative thinking, what? If anyone could assist me on this, it would be very helpfull. Ive been watching these blogs for awhile and have to say. You guys rock. Impressed with the amount of information Ive read. Thank You.

wigginsfleming 3 years, 3 months ago

I am very interested in finding out exactly what the shelter rules are. Would also like to know who decides the shelter rules. Also, what are the rules based on. Is it law, creative thinking, what? If anyone could assist me on this, it would be very helpfull. Ive been watching these blogs for awhile and have to say. You guys rock. Impressed with the amount of information Ive read. Thank You.

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