NBA Guard Will Bynum to pay...

In DNAinfo Chicago, Wendell Hutson reported:

After he pays the electric bills Tuesday for two women's shelters, Detroit Pistons point guard and Chicago native Will Bynum will host a Thanksgiving dinner for the shelters' residents.

Clara Kirk, founder of the West Englewood United Organization, which runs Clara's Place and Clara's House at 1650 W. 63rd St., said Bynum will pay nearly $3,000 owed to ComEd.


Clara Kirk honored as Englewood...

On WGNTV, Judy Wang reported:

Just days after a donor came to her rescue and paid her overdue heating bill, the founder of two shelters for homeless or abused women and children in the Englewood neighborhood learned she would get more help to keep both shelters going.

claras placeClara Kirk, the founder of “Clara’s House” and “Clara’s Place,” was recognized today for her service and commitment to the community.

The Illinois African American Families Commission announced a new partnership with the shelters. The panel, formed when Jim Edgar was Governor, helps address needs in the African American community.

Last week the heat was shut off at “Clara’s Place,” which houses 19 women and 23 children, after Kirk got behind on the bills.


A heart like Clara's

In Chicago Now, Bittersweet reported:

In my life, I have learned there are people whose live's are so perfect they tend to invent problems and conflicts just to get attention and make their lives appear to be a bit more interesting.

Then there is Clara Kirk.


West Englewood women's shelter heat restored, but...

In the Chicago Tribune, Deanese Williams-Harris reported:

The heat has been restored at an Englewood women's shelter after donations poured in to cover a $21,000 bill, but Clare's Place still needs help to continue servicing its residents, the shelter's director said this afternoon.

The heat was turned back on Friday evening after a week of no gas at the shelter due to a long overdue bill. The women and children who live at the 13-unit building were using extra blankets and pots of boiled water on the stoves to keep warm.


Heat turned off at women's shelter...

In the Chicago Tribune, reported:

An Englewood women's shelter is without heat this week due to a long overdue bill.

Some of the women and children who live in a 13-unit building called Clara's Place are using extra blankets or keeping boiled water on their stoves to keep warm this week, during which temperatures have dropped overnight to around freezing, said Darlene Morman, 53, who said she moved to her two-bedroom unit that she shares with her 8-year-old niece and a roommate four months ago.

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