Englewood destitute asylum looks for gifts to revive after flame Chicago Tribune

“A homeless shelter on the South Side is hoping to raise enough money to repair and reopen the facility nearly two months after a fire forced it to close and left some young adults scrambling to find another place to stay.
The fire broke out on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Ujima Village Shelter, said A. A
e Holcomb, supportive services supervisor at Unity Parenting and Counseling, a nonprofit that runs the Englewood facility. The emergency shelter, which provides 24 beds for 18- to 24-year-olds, was closed for the holiday when a fire erupted, though the flames were contained to the basement level, which houses a TV lounge, community room, kitchen and showers.
“If it had to happen, I’m so glad it had to happen when we were closed, because no one was hurt,” Holcomb said, adding that the shelter’s doors and windows are now boarded up. “Everything down (in the basement) was pretty consumed.”
Smoke damage extended to the first floor, where the shelter’s lockers and sleeping quarters are located.
Since Jan. 30, Unity has raised more than $12,000 of its $17,500 goal in a GoFundMe campaign to help replace doors and clean soot and smoke damage so the first floor can reopen, set up plumbing and electricity, and buy new twin-size mattresses. More money would be needed to replace appliances and repair damage to the basement.
The shelter was open to guests from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and also provided shower facilities, meals and one-ride CTA passes. During the day, staff provided referral services and access to lockers so youth could store their belongings.
Holcomb said she has referred homeless young adults to a nearby shelter on the Southwest Side since the fire, but some aren’t comfortable going to other neighborhoods for programs and services.”

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