A Social-Service Charity Shares How It Survived a Trial by Fire

By Candie Jones

In March, a fire accidentally sparked by repair work burned down the shelter of New Moms, a charity that provides homeless teenage mothers in Chicago with temporary housing and other services, such as parenting classes, educational development, and career preparation.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze that destroyed New Moms' home, because all of the charity's clients were attending a program at another