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As fund deadline nears, Lawrence Community Shelter ‘positive’

November 4, 2011

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With three weeks to go before a Thanksgiving Day deadline, Loring Henderson, Lawrence Community Shelter director, said donations — large and small — are rolling in to make a new shelter a reality.

“I just can’t tell you how good I feel,” Henderson said. So far, the shelter has raised more than $300,000 of the $800,000 it needs to receive a $540,000 Mabee Foundation matching grant. “Makes me feel really positive about Lawrence.”

Shelter officials and community leaders recently announced a $1.7 million agreement to purchase a 25,000-square-foot warehouse at 3701 Franklin Park Circle, just east of Douglas County Jail. With renovations, the total cost of the project is estimated at $2.7 million. While the shelter has secured a variety of grants and funds for the new location, the matching grant will allow it to continue moving forward.

Shelter officials say the plan is to move to the new shelter — which will have 125 beds, compared with the current 75-bed shelter at 214 W. 10th St. — within the next year.

In addition to more beds, plans for the new shelter include family areas and meeting spaces.

Donations can be sent to the shelter, 214 W. 10th St., Lawrence 66044, or made online at lawrenceshelter.org.

Comments

joemdouglas 2 years, 11 months ago

How is it, then, that there are so many homeless people in Lawrence with the much larger and more comfortable Topeka Rescue Mission just down the road? My understanding is that the majority of those who use the LCS were residents of Douglas County before they became homeless.

Joe Douglas (I usually avoid these anonymous discussions, but the objection "sierraclub" raises is a reasonable one.)

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kwilkins74 2 years, 12 months ago

And so it begins with the clueless comments from those who are well off.

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doc1 2 years, 12 months ago

It more likely comes from someone who is sick of homeless people coming to Lawrence for free handouts and better living. I'm not saying people need help but there is such a thing as giving too much.

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Charlie Dominguez 2 years, 12 months ago

50% of donations outside of the building funds go to wages of those working there at the shelter. and yes, Ron Olin stated the same thing as sierraclub, build it and they will come. By the way, no one is speaking to the fact that the same woman that worked at the city and passed out street contracts to her husband's firm is now working at the county and negotiated the overpriced sale of the land purchased by the county, that was her husband's property!!

The whole deal stinks and doing it all for those who don't even live here in Douglas County.....wake up 99% and vote Thellman out next election!!

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januarygirl 2 years, 12 months ago

STILL NO COST PROJECTIONS OF OPPERATION EXSPENCES FOR THIS HUGE SPACE. WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING TO COME FROM AND HOW MUCH TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN ?????????? WE HAVE YET TO SEE ANY FIGURES . THE CITY MUST HAVE THIS INFORMATION AND IF IT DOES , PLEASE SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY!!!!

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50YearResident 2 years, 12 months ago

Other charities will be sucked dry to fund this project. It is getting pushed on the Lawrence community just like the Library was, with false information as to what the real final cost will be.

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conservative 2 years, 12 months ago

Funding a program for our community's homeless is the right thing to do. However creating a mecca for homeless throughout the area is not in Lawrence's best interests. People staying and getting help at the shelter should have to have ties to the community, abstain from drugs and alcohol, and be active in the programs designed to get them back to being self supportive. None of those things are true at the shelter and never will be as long as Henderson is in charge. My vote is not one penny of support till Henderson is out and the policies are changed.

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januarygirl 2 years, 12 months ago

I SO AGREE WITH CONSERVATIVE, THIS PROJECT NEEDS TO STOP. I'M ALL FOR HELPING THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES. WE HAVE PROGRAMS TO GIVE HELP NOW, THE CURRENT WAY THAT THE SHELTER OPERATES IS NOT WORKING. A BIGGER SPACE TO REPEAT THE SAME THING IS NOT NEEDED.

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fanofKU 2 years, 12 months ago

So, how is the shelter going to sustain this project once they raise the money? A newer, larger building, with additional staff, is going to cost more money. How will this additional cost be funded?

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januarygirl 2 years, 12 months ago

surely someone from the city commission and or board are reading the comments made here, how about some answers!!! the people of lawrence have been protesting this project for a long time , but still we are ignored. the same questions go unanswered. I HOPE THAT AT LEAST ONE PERSON FROM THE BOARD OR COMMISSION HAS COMMON SENSE.

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doc1 2 years, 12 months ago

I hope my very angry neighbors burn it down before it gets finished. Just watch.

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kernal 2 years, 12 months ago

Who's on the board of directors for this shelter?

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irvan moore 2 years, 12 months ago

it will be interesting to see if the money they need doesn't come in if the city and county will spend more taxpayer money they can't afford to bail them out.

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januarygirl 2 years, 12 months ago

RAGE!!!! IF THIS HAPPENS, EVERYONE OF THEM GETS VOTED OUT NEXT ELECTION

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Liberty275 2 years, 12 months ago

She couldn't fit all her anger in one post. My wife gets like that sometimes.

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januarygirl 2 years, 12 months ago

RAGE!!!! IF THIS HAPPENS, EVERYONE OF THEM GETS VOTED OUT NEXT ELECTION

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januarygirl 2 years, 12 months ago

SHAME ON YOU ALL, CITY COMMISSIONERS, BOARD MEMBERS , FOR FORCING THIS SHELTER PROJECT ON OUR COMMUNITY!!! THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THIS TO HAPPEN, HANG ON TO YOUR WALLETS , THIS IS A MONEY PIT. PEOPLE WANT TO HELP .BUT THIS IS THE WRONG WAY TO GO ABOUT IT. BEHIND THE BACKS OF OUR CITIZENS. MOST OF US WORK HARD TO GET BY, THE COUNTY BOUGHT THE PROPERTY SO THEY COULD GAIN THE CONTROL AND PUSH THIS THROUGH. THE CURRENT SHELTER STILL IS MISMANAGED, HOW IS THAT GOING TO CHANGE WHEN THE CITY DID SO MUCH AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE. I'M DEEPLY DISTURBED BY THIS POWER PLAY AS ALL THE COMMUNITY SHOUD BE.

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