10/27/2013 12:18 pm ET Updated Oct 27, 2013

Clara's Place Heat Restored After Anonymous Donor Pays Chicago Shelter's Gas Bill Balance

Story by Wendell Hutson, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago:

WEST ENGLEWOOD — With temperatures dipping into the 30s, residents of a South Side battered women's shelter that had no heat after gas service was disconnected for unpaid bills have something to celebrate: an anonymous donor paid off the past due balances and service was restored Friday.

"Two of the four accounts were paid in full. Over $30,000," said Jennifer Block, a spokeswoman for Peoples Gas.

Service was disconnected for a past due amount of $21,026.74 on Oct. 16 at Clara's Place, one of two shelters operated by the West Englewood United Organization at 1650 W. 63rd St. And a second shelter, Clara's House, was on the verge of having its gas service cut off also due to a past due bill of nearly $11,000, according to Clara Kirk, who founded the organization 26 years ago.

Read the whole story at DNAinfo.


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