One transient, named 'Jim', is one of dozens who camp on the corner of Highway 22 and Lancaster in Salem.
When asked if he has tried to get a job, Jim replies, "I'm waiting for my social security."
Starr says the panhandling is bad enough, but she and her family have seen them doing other things.
What they do concerns her because her children ride past the corner on the school bus every day.
"My children see them urinating in public," said Lara.
In an effort to combat the panhandling, she decided to give the transients some competition.
Now she stands on the corner, asking drivers to donate to a children's charity.
Lara's effort has not gone over well with regulars like Jim, who complained he needed his share of the take.
"I use mine for tobacco, candles, and a couple of beers, I won't lie to you," said Jim.
In the first three hours Lara was able to collect more than $20 for her cause.
But having Lara meet the needs of her cause doesn't help Jim, "They're out here for charity," he said. "I'm out here for me."
However noble Lara's charitable funding is, the pursuit of removing the transients helped her succeed.
Even though Lara sought money for charity, the driving force was the removal of transients from her neighborhood, which she has accomplished.
Lara continues to patrol the corner when her children are at school, collecting money for charity and keeping her corner free of transients.