From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 4, 1986:
After visiting with the so-called "street people" of Lawrence, including some who lived under the Kansas River bridge. Lt. David Jones of the Salvation Army announced that his organization was prepared to fill the need for an emergency shelter in the city. "We'll be opening the gymnasium on Nov. 1st for anyone that needs a place to keep out of the weather," he said. A cot and a blanket would be provided for anyone in need, with no questions asked -- with the stipulation that the guests did not cause a disturbance or use alcohol or drugs, he said. The shelter would remain open at least through February, with availability to be discussed on a month-by-month basis after that.