Letters to the Editor

Letter: Local needs

December 1, 2013


To the editor:

The couple who were assigned four columns at the top left of Thanksgiving Day’s Journal-World report that they have helped a couple dozen homeless people around the country get into homes. This is surely admirable. I am sure they are wonderful people, as the article says.

Based on this experience, they have decided that the greatest need for Lawrence’s homeless is furniture for when they are ready to transition into a home. Perhaps it is, but I would like to hear from the Lawrence Community Shelter and Family Promise to see what problems they see the local homeless facing.

If furniture is a great need, wouldn’t it make sense to work with the Social Service League, Salvation Army and Goodwill to help provide it? Is opening a new agency, arranging for space and staff, really the most efficient way to provide for this most needy group?


Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 6 months ago

Anne, I think you are right. That would be a great waste of money and energy in getting the furniture to this warehouse and then to the persons home. Why does no one ever ask a homeless person what they need, they might know as much as as expert.

Please don't forget that such people need things like silverware, cups, glasses, a coffeepot. Just imagine that your house burned down and you lost every item in your house. Now make a list of what you would have to buy to replace those things. Quite a list, isn't it?

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