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Letters to the Editor

Shelter support

November 14, 2011

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To the editor:

Today, I was made aware of an on-going campaign within our town: the campaign for a better tomorrow for several residents who have been without a home to call their own — the campaign for the Lawrence Community Shelter.

Because of the overwhelming need for support, the Lawrence Community Shelter has outgrown its facility and resources and needs our help to fund a new one.

This new building will enable the expansion of shelter programs such as housing, employment, benefits and intervention support. The new facility will have bed spaces, sick rooms, showers, laundry and storage — all things we take for granted in our own homes will be available to those without a home.

Contributions to the Community Shelter will be matched by the Mabee Foundation, but they must raise a minimum of $815,000 to even receive matching funds, and they have $339,175 left to raise before the Nov. 24 deadline.

Now is the time for year-end giving. All contributions made to the Lawrence Community Shelter are tax-deductible. Consider making a three-year pledge to the community shelter today. Visit the website, www.lawrenceshelter.org, to make your tax-deductible donation.

Your pledge or donation will ensure the well-being of Lawrence residents who have nowhere else to go, provide resources to those who want to improve their lives, or simply give a child a bed to sleep on for a night. We have until Nov. 24 to help the shelter reach its goal. Please consider what you can give today.

Comments

Deb Engstrom 2 years, 5 months ago

It's really easy to sit in your nice warm home with all modern conveniences and make comments about "those people". No matter what their circumstances, they deserve something better than what they have now. If you don't want to contribute money, don't, but spend at least 1-2 hours a week at the shelter helping to make their situation better and observing first hand that which you are so eager to criticize. If you think there's a problem, be part of the solution.

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kernal 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree with conservative. I've heard nothing to convince me that things will change when, or if, the move takes place. I would prefer to see a more concrete plan from Mr. Henderson and details as to how he plans to carry it out.

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conservative 2 years, 5 months ago

Not a penny for the shelter till they get someone new in charge. Someone who will require ties to the community, require participation in programs to get you back on your feet and self sufficient, and who will not tolerate substance abuse in the shelter. Henderson has promised and promised and promised to change how the shelter is run and never follows through.

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tomatogrower 2 years, 5 months ago

That's all fine and dandy for those who "choose" to be homeless. But children don't choose this. What do want from them? A little child labor? Not all these people choose what has happened to them.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 5 months ago

When the Salvation Army gets out of the business of supporting those who need subsistance and shelter, you know something with the way homeless operations are ran in this town is not done correctly.

We don't need another homeless shelter, we need a complete revamping of those who run the shelter, and the other places like Burt Nash who make their living off of those who can't or choose not to pay their bills instead, let the taxpayer do it for them.

You can add to the pile of money pits, when the funding comes for the old depot. No wonder there is no money.

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januarygirl 2 years, 5 months ago

$339,175. just to get started, but year afer year this request will continue. the opperation cost still has not been discussed. we closed schools, srs office, I don't think that most of the people that are being asked to donate have been given the whole story yet.

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januarygirl 2 years, 5 months ago

$339,175. just to get started, but year afer year this request will continue. the opperation cost still has not been discussed. I don't think that most of the people that are being asked to donate have been given the whole story yet.

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skinny 2 years, 5 months ago

I'll offer Shelter support, ya right out of town!! I am tired of all the crime the downtown shelter has brought to this town! Most of those in the shelter aren't even from Lawrence. They come here because they know Lawrence caters to all homeless people from across the United States.

I will I'll give to the Lawrence Community Theater though!~

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justforfun 2 years, 5 months ago

I think I will just wait untill the Lawrence Community Shelter folks go to city and county meeting and ask for the rest "aka Lawrenc Community Theater" So just sit back good people, because you will pay oh yes you will pay.

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