CHICAGO (CBS) — The owners of a Chicago funeral home are offering to pay rent for a year to provide a home for the family of a Jackie Robinson West Little League player, after learning they are homeless.
Spencer Leak Jr., vice president of Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, said he heard about the plight of 12-year-old Jaheim Benton on his family on the radio on Friday, and wanted to help them, so Leak & Sons is offering to pay for a year of rent for Benton family.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Best Rain Friday Night
“Little Jaheim is a superstar, and at least for the next year, he’s not going to have to worry about where he lives,” Leak said. “In my business I see sadness all the time. And I would just like to bring some happiness to a family.”Getting Hosed: A Look At The Universe Of Chicago Water, And Its Sometimes-Sordid History, This Earth Day
According to the Sun-Times, the family’s struggles started when Jaheim’s mother had her hours cut back as a home care provider, because she lost three clients. That left her and her fiancé – Jaheim’s father – unable to support the family on the income from their part-time jobs.
Jaheim, a member of the national champion Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, scored five runs in the team’s seven games in the Little League World Series.
He’s staying with his father at a friend’s home in Auburn-Gresham.MORE NEWS: Shuttered By Pandemic Last Summer, Guthrie's Tavern In Wrigleyville Has New Owner And Will Be Reopening
On Friday, members of the JRW team were hosted by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. at a dinner. Another special guest was Mo’Ne Davis, the female star pitcher for the Philadelphia Little League team.