Archive for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Homeless shelter sets groundbreaking

August 8, 2012


“We’re excited,” shelter director Loring Henderson said of the move that’s been several years in the making. “At long last.”

The new location will increase the shelter’s capacity to 125 beds, compared to the 75-bed capacity at the current shelter at 214 W. 10th St. Funding for the renovations and purchase of the property, estimated to cost $2.7 million, came from a variety of donors and grants.

B.A. Green Construction will be handling the renovations, which are expected to be complete by Dec. 21. Henderson said they did not yet have a date for when the shelter will move to the new location.


Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 9 months ago

I am very glad to see that this is finally happening. Now it is going to be up to the homeless to take advantage of all the opportunities that are going to be offered at the new shelter. I would hope that those running the shelter will use the right methods to help those people because each one has a different story , and people can feel threatened and become defensive when asked to change things they might have done or still be doing that is holding them back. I wish them all the very best because I know that those people at the shelter are not bad people and they are not stupid or lazy. They need care and support because no one does it by themselves. Look at anyone who has any kind of success and they will tell you how they were lucky enough to have a family to guide them and give them the support and love to keep going. Family that had expectations. Some are born into family where the parents really could care less what happens to either themselves or their children and the kids have to fight though this to make it, have to go against their own parents to make it. So I say God bless to the shelter people and a shout out to Loring Henderson, those who work at the shelter and the volunteers. Thank you!

Terry Sexton 5 years, 9 months ago

You iz a good egg, frankie8. Always like to read what you have to say.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 9 months ago

While you will not go downtown and support merchants who have little compassion for the homeless, others choose not to go downtown because they don't want to be hassled by the homeless. So the merchants lose no matter which path they choose.

I guess the best solution for merchants is to try to determine which path leads to the best results. I'm almost certain that the best results for them is for you, mikekt, to continue your boycott of downtown while trying to attract those others who are getting hassled by the homeless. And that path is to encourage the homeless to leave.

What you, miketr, are doing is having put merchants in a no win situation, now criticize them for not producing a win. Rather than be critical of them, why don't you open a business and recruit the homeless to work in your business. That would solve both problems, or a win/win. Or you can do nothing and continue to be part of the problem. I'm told that if you do that, well, what comes round ...

he_who_knows_all 5 years, 9 months ago

Will there be a donation meter at the groundbreaking?

somebodynew 5 years, 9 months ago

Hey, I used a new line the other day when approached - - - Sorry, I gave at the meter.

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, some of the info. got lost somewhere. The new site will be at 3701 Franklin, right by the jail. Here's a link to another story on this:

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 9 months ago

Finally. This should have happened years ago were it not for the NIMBY of many Lawrence residents. The shelter staff has done amazingly well with severe overcrowding and deplorable conditions. Congratulations to Loring and the Board for getting this done.

applefarmer 5 years, 9 months ago

Yes there will be people downtown asking/looking for handouts some people choose not to live in the shelters. The staff know and wont admit it but they do accept people from all over the country because Lawrence is considered a good place to come for handouts, even people formerly on the local police force have said that is why people come here to shelter.

LawrenceTownie 5 years, 9 months ago

I would like to know if food will be served at the new shelter, or if the residents will have to ride a bus downtown to eat. Right now they can walk to the dining room. Does anyone know? I only hope this new place works out, it is so far from civilization the homeless might not find it, or continue to go there.

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 9 months ago

There will be 3 meals a day served at the Shelter to the shelter guests, but LINK will continue to serve in their current site for those not staying at the Shelter.

keepingfingerscrossed 5 years, 9 months ago

This is all a joke . How and who is going to pay for there way to this place. It is just a money pit for all the people who live in lawrence. It will never end they will want money for this and that. It needs a way to help them to get a job or teach them work ethic . Bad bad Ideal.

irvan moore 5 years, 9 months ago

groundbreaking equals backbreaking for the taxpayers

oldbaldguy 5 years, 9 months ago

i hope it works. there will still be a panhandler problem downtown.

Lawrence Burton 5 years, 9 months ago

And you think there has been alot of breakins in east lawrence in the past. Just wait till they get the lazy people shelter open. Thank god we still have the 2nd Amendment.


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