ClaraaboutAbout our President and Founder

Mrs. Kirk began her venture as a shelter provider early in life by adopting several neighborhood children. Her energy and dedication to the service of God established her being named the "mother of Englewood".

She is a pertinent source of hope in Chicago's Englewood Community. Her tenacity to fight for others in her community contributed to the creation of Clara's House Shelter, a landmark symbol of life and the paramount instinct to live.

Previously, as an employee for the Chicago Public Schools Robert Fulton Elementary School, on a daily basis Mrs. Kirk would complete her duties at the school, then arrive at Clara's House and begin daily operations.

Each year in the month of November, she personally dedicates a day to feed and clothe the homeless. She lovingly shares her remaining can and dry goods with seniors that she knows are living alone and have inadequate or no source of income. Additionally, as a CAPS and Beat Representative, Mrs. Kirk would diligently serve many hours at block and community meetings in high crime areas.

As a domestic violence program advocate, she works adamantly to retain and improve the domestic violence program at the various shelter sites.

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