“Unfortunately one of the accounts had to be disconnected due to the extreme arrearage and lack of available funding,” said Block. Fortunately, as Kirk’s problems have become known, she has received offers from people who want to send checks to help.
“This is the biggest challenge I ever have faced,” she said. The retired teacher’s assistant says she needs the center to stay open so the 42 women and children living there have a place to stay.
“Englewood is a community that doesn’t have anything,” Kirk said. “We don’t have big stores and we don’t have big companies and we don’t have places where people could go and get a sandwich. We don’t have anything like that.”
According to Darlene Morman, who lived at the shelter with her 8-year-old niece before moving into a two-bedroom apartment in June, the shelter is the ”best place she could be right now.”