Grounded in human rights and social justice, our mission is to advance compassionate solutions for people facing homelessness through advocacy, shelter, and housing.
The Lawrence Community Shelter is the only year-round emergency homeless shelter serving Lawrence and Douglas County in Kansas.
Winter Shelter Update: During cold weather, the maximum shelter capacity will be expanded to 140 beds and guests will not be required to exit during the day any time the outside temperature or wind chill falls below 32°F.
The Lawrence Community Shelter Board of Directors is seeking community members to become Advisory Committee members to advise and assist the Board of Directors. Candidates to the Advisory Committee include but are not limited to the following: City and/or County employees; representatives of social service agencies or other non-profit entities; current and former guests of the shelter; shelter employees, individuals with lived experience. The Advisory Committee will select one or two of its members to attend meetings of the Board of Directors as an advisory and nonvoting guest. This application will remain open until all positions are filled.
If you have questions about the Advisory Committee, please contact Elizabeth Keever at ElizabethK@LawrenceShelter.org.
How Does It Work?
The Emergency Shelter Program is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guests are served on a first come, first serve basis as beds are available. Guests who temporarily stay at the shelter receive three meals daily, access to shower and laundry facilities, a locker for personal belongings, mail delivered to the shelter, hygiene products and other basic needs.
Housing Navigators assist with housing applications and work with local landlords and community agencies in order to help our guests find affordable, permanent housing.
After someone arrives at LCS, they meet with their Inreach Case Manager to identify their barriers to housing, such as acquiring identification and any missing documents for job or housing applications. Care coordination offers services that are person-centered, address barriers to housing, and promote self-care, skills, and independence.
Once the Move-Out Program has helped overcome the first barrier to stability by providing basic furniture for the new home, individuals may continue to work with the Housing Stabilization Manager to get the resources, supports, and referrals they need to make sure they stay housed. When people stay housed–when they have stability–they don’t end up back at the shelter. Instead, they begin their journey to a positive future!