When with parents of children she helps every day, she took a leap of faith.
She needn't have worried.
The Washington School community (where Clark works as a crossing guard) is working to help her and her family avoid homelessness, and they've also organized an event which affords the greater Evanston community a chance to help others facing similar circumstances.
The Potluck Fundraiser for Deb is scheduled for Friday, November 12 from 6-8pm in Lake Street Church's MacLeish Hall. The Jeff Libman Trio (Jeff Libman, Brad Cole and Jordi Kleiner) will play live music for free. Children are most welcome and a children's craft table will be available. Bring a dish to share. Donations are most welcome.
Prior to the potluck and entertainment, anyone -- including children -- can tour and visit Hilda's Place (a transitional shelter operated by Connections for the Homeless) in the basement level of Lake Street Church. Folks can learn about the full scope of Connection's efforts to alleviate and end homelessness on one of two tours, 5-5:30pm or 5:30-6pm. Residents of Hilda's Place will enter for the evening promptly at 6pm. Contact Kim Yee at email@example.com to indicate your interest in visiting Hilda's Place.
Lisa Todd, Connections For the Homeless's Volunteer and Events Manager, has indicated that Connections' current needs are as follows, in priority order, and encourages used or gently worn donations to be brought to the Potluck Fundraiser for Deb:
Men's winter coats, boots, pants, sweaters, hats and gloves, socks and underwear.
Women's boots, hats and gloves, pants, winter coats, socks and underwear.
Backpacks and sleeping bags, CTA day passes, Chapstick, lotion.
To donate, visit www.friendsofDebClark.com
To volunteer at the Potluck Dinner for Deb, contact Gabrielle Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deb Klein at email@example.com.
Deb Clark took that leap of faith, and Evanston residents are proving to her -- and to others -- that it was a wise choice.