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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.

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wigginsfleming 2 years, 7 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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wigginsfleming 2 years, 7 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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skinny 2 years, 7 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!

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blindrabbit 2 years, 7 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

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sierraclub 2 years, 7 months ago

I do not know what I am talking about? Fox News believer? hahahaha

This is what is wrong with Lawrence! Look around and you can see the problem. The out of towners come in and take away from our true Douglas Country citizens. We are so busy trying to help outsiders that the locals do suffer.

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demonfury 2 years, 7 months ago

OMG, give an enabler an award, and the liberal masses revel in his shame, I mean glory. I've been to the shelter, I've volunteered there on numerous occasions. I quit going because I saw how Loring runs the facility. It's nearly criminal in it's ideology. Loring should be investigated and at the very least, removed for criminal endangerment. He masquerades as a do-gooder, all the while negligent and careless with the fragility of those who come and choose not to stay because of the elements that he openly allows. You cannot truly help the homeless if you openly provide everything necessary for them to remain that way indefinitely. If a person genuinely needs help and wants to help themselves, I'm first in line to assist, but if a person chooses to remain homeless because Loring gives them all they need to stay that way, I'm out. These people find all the free handouts given openly by Loring and his entourage of ecclesiastical award presenters. The same people who show up at the LINK feasts, walk to the pantry, walk to the shelter, walk to the liquor store, walk to panhandle, and walk in Loring's wake. Of all the times I've volunteered there, I never saw any of those people walk to try and find honest work to better their situation. Not once did I hear Loring offer this kind of assistance to anyone in "his" shelter. And although he advocates that he does offer this type of assistance, I've never seen him actually engage in it with any patron of his "INN". Yes, there are people who use this facility for it's intended purpose, and yes there are people who graduate from homelessness, but those are the people who truly want to help themselves, Loring's not so much interested in them. he's so intent on keeping the professional homeless, homeless. It's basic job security cleverly disguised as humanitarianism, and philanthropy. This man doesn't need an award, he needs a full program investigation, complete program reform, and then removal as director to be replaced by a qualified individual who will uphold the standards of genuinely helping people willing to help themselves in return, not enabling them to remain as they are. A program that is completely free of chemical endangerment. A program with verifiable and accountable results. A program that deserves the truck loads of money this city has foolishly thrown at Loring for years and years. Until those necessary revisions take place, the LCS, and this city's silent acceptance of this fiasco have absolutely ZERO of my support. Remember there's a huge difference between being compassionate and being a fool. Exercising your desire to help to a person in need is compassionate. Exercising the same mistakes day after day and expecting a different result is foolish. Unfortunately both of these elements are in full vigor at Loring's place of business. It's what keeps him in business. Kind of ironic isn't it?

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jimmyjms 2 years, 7 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.

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windex 2 years, 7 months ago

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

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edjayhawk 2 years, 7 months ago

I don't see any of you people that are critizing him stepping up to the plate and making a difference. You try his job for a week and then get back to me. I bet your frame of mind will be awhole lot different.

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tange 2 years, 7 months ago

“Service Above Self”

My sense of Loring is that his is a broader sense of "self."

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kernal 2 years, 7 months ago

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

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geekin_topekan 2 years, 7 months ago

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

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50YearResident 2 years, 7 months ago

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

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50YearResident 2 years, 7 months ago

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

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 7 months ago

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

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boxers_or_briefs 2 years, 7 months ago

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

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Starbrite 2 years, 7 months ago

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

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Marcia Epstein 2 years, 7 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.

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Tony Kisner 2 years, 7 months ago

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

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sierraclub 2 years, 7 months ago

If I was in charge......No drunks....No drugs.....

Turn away the single men.

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

Yes, we have an aimless shelter. No goal in sight.

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jimmyjms 2 years, 7 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.

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ilovelucy 2 years, 7 months ago

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

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sierraclub 2 years, 7 months ago

You spelled it wrong. It should be aimless shelter, not omeless shelter.

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