Lawrence Community Shelter

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 214 W 10th Lawrence KS 66044 USA

Mission: The mission of the Lawrence Community Shelter is to provide safe shelter and comprehensive support services and programs that provide a path to a positive future for people experiencing homelessness and people who are at risk of homelessness.
Results: 2008 figures: - 42% of LCS guests are disabled (39% with at least one mental illness) - arranged for housing (actual + wait list) for nearly 100 people - 103 people applied for and started to receive benefits - 67 people found employment - 186 people sought intervention with substance abuse
Target demographics: Individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Lawrence, Kansas, and the surrounding area. 76% of LCS guests are from the Lawrence and Douglas County area. LCS is the only 24/7 emergency homeless shelter for Lawrence.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 600 separate individuals involved in a variety of programs at LCS
Geographic areas served: Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City areas in NE Kansas

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Lawrence Community Shelter is welcoming to everyone who comes through their doors. Our family volunteers often with the womens' support group and dog treat work projects. The guests are loving, spiritual and appreciative. The staff cares and helps each guest find a path to a positive future outside of the shelter. Helping at the shelter is so rewarding and it is like a family. God bless them for their work with the homeless for over 8 years.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Board work and volunteer and seeing the success stories of the guests who live there.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The family atmosphere and caring for each individual by the staff, director and over l00 volunteers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, spiritual and willing to help in many areas of community needs

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build the new shelter that the city has asked them to build to take in 50 extra people that just arrived from a shelter that closed in the city

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

LCS is an excellent example of a nonprofit that uses its financial, volunteer and space resources to the utmost. Homeless concerns are never a popular local topic and many local citizens would like the homeless to leave the city. In spite of many hurdles, the director, Loring Henderson, and the board members have persevered in finding private funding and support to keep the difficulties of housing our local homeless population in front of the city commission and Lawrence citizens. The board has spent countless hours working to obtain a space large enough to house those who need shelter from the summer's heat and winter's cold; to provide health and social services; to provide a breakfast and supper each day; to provide job training; to provide a safe place to keep clean and sleep.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the individuals who have suceeded in overcoming homelessness and in individuals who have died with dignity in the friendship of LCS.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

admit that I couldn't do the job.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful individuals...board members, staff of LCS, homeless individuals, donors...who work to make this nonprofit sucessful.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, energtic and very caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a state of the art facility to help individuals who need a hand up to deal with a myriad of personal problems.

Ways to make it better...

our community would understand that LCS is trying to help the poorest among us.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the prejudices and misinformation about homelessness that are in the community even though many meetings, newstories, opportunities abound to counter the prejudices and misinformation.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Loring Henderson, Don Huggins and the board work their tails off for LCS. The donors, staff and volunteers also work very hard with very little thanks from outside the organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

When I first walked into the Lawrence Community Shelter (LCS), I saw the many faces of homelessness and immediately felt helpless and hopeless. What could I do to really help? There were so many people that needed more than I could ever give. I soon realized that many times, the best thing that I could offer was my compassion and caring while simply chatting with a few of the guests. Throughout my conversations with the LCS guests, I quickly learned that the case managers are the people that can make things happen. Conversations frequently included things like, "Sally helped me get into a rehab program" or "Arnell helped me get a job" or "Dianne helped put me in touch with [an outside social service agency]" The LCS case managers are amazing at taking care of the helping people fill out applications for housing, jobs, and benefits; they could coordinate help from outside agencies for things like legal aid, medical health, mental health, and addiction issues; and they could work with each guest to build a path to a positive future for people experiencing homelessness. Those experiences ultimately led me to join the Board of Directors and I've spent more than 7 years advocating for local, community-based solutions to the issue of homelessness.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, compassionate, experienced, caring, dedicated, understanding, and knowledgeable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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