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Archive for Friday, October 21, 2011

Shelter funding

Local donors face another important fundraising challenge.

October 21, 2011

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Challenge grants put fundraising efforts by a couple of local non-profit groups on the fast-track this fall. The community stepped up to meet one of those challenges last month and hopefully will do the same for another important group by the end of November.

On Sept. 28, leaders of Theatre Lawrence announced that a flurry of last-minute donations pushed the organization past its $6.2 million fundraising goal, allowing it to secure two challenge grants, including a $500,000 donation from the Mabee Foundation of Oklahoma.

The Mabee Foundation also has generously pledged $540,000 to help fund a new home for the Lawrence Community Shelter. Earlier this month, shelter leaders said they still had to raise $800,000 by Nov. 24 to obtain the Mabee grant.

The shelter has closed a deal to purchase a warehouse building near the Douglas County Jail. Buying and renovating the building to become the new shelter will cost an estimated $2.7 million. The city of Lawrence already provides substantial support to the shelter, so shelter fundraisers might not be able to rely on the kind of last-minute funding commitments Theatre Lawrence received from city and county governments. The shelter might be able to obtain some additional grant funding, but local businesses and individuals might need to step up and help meet the $800,000 goal.

Surely, if Lawrence can raise $6.2 million for a new community theater, it can meet the challenge of raising $2.7 million to provide a new home for the community shelter, where it can operate jobs programs and help return homeless families and individuals to satisfying, productive lives. Fundraising efforts will be ramping up soon. We hope the community will respond.

Comments

januarygirl 3 years, 2 months ago

OK, SO YOU CAN RAISE THE AMOUNT NEEDED FOR THE BUILDING!!! WHERE IS ALL THE MONEY GOING TO COME FROM TO SUPPORT THIS SHELTER MONTH AFTER MONTH AND YEAR AFTER YEAR!!!! TRAVE;LING EXPENSE ON A DAILY BASIS.

januarygirl 3 years, 2 months ago

OK, SO YOU CAN RAISE THE AMOUNT NEEDED FOR THE BUILDING!!! WHERE IS ALL THE MONEY GOING TO COME FROM TO SUPPORT THIS SHELTER MONTH AFTER MONTH AND YEAR AFTER YEAR!!!! TRAVELING EXPENSE ON A DAILY BASIS.

50YearResident 3 years, 2 months ago

Lawrence residents with thier very deep pockets will be expected to pony up expense money for this project and throw it into the bottomless pit that includes the "T". Oh, I almost forgot to include the new Library and garage attachment with it's 3, or 4 or maybe 5 parking levels. Price to be determined later.

voevoda 3 years, 2 months ago

If all the people who complain about paying taxes to help pay for the homeless shelter would simply donate the same amount to a local charity that helps the homeless, they would 1) greatly reduce or eliminate the need for public funds to support the shelter; and 2) greatly reduce their own tax bills. If all you want to do is complain, then the problem is your greed, not the needs of the homeless or the level of taxation.

bornherelongago 3 years, 2 months ago

The lack of true information is evident from these comments. The shelter does not receive "millions" from the city and county. The biggest contibution made to the shelter from city coffers was via federal grant money and it was around $79,000. Prior to that, I think the biggest city contribution was $16,000. The shelter is operated with private danations, not tax dollars. The new building will cost a little more to heat and cool, but other than that, the new costs will be very similar to the current costs, as no new "paid" staff is expected to be needed to operate the new location. Open your wallets to this very worthy cause. Imagine if you had an unexpected illness, or a car wreck and didn't have health insurance. You can't work because you aren't able so you lose your job. You can't pay your rent or your home mortgage, because you were living pay check to pay check even when your were employed. All of a sudden, you are homeless and so are your three kids. These stories are plentiful down at the shelter. PLEASE HELP.

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