CHICAGO (CBS) — After being cited for a number of building code violations, a Washington Park veterans’ center has been working to make repairs, and continue serving needy veterans and their families.
The RTW (Remaking The World) Veteran Center operates out of a three-flat at 5536 S. King Dr. On its wrought iron fencing in front, it has nine flags, including the U.S. flag, the Chicago flag, and a POW/MIA flag. The fence also displays signs reading “Free Meals Served Daily.”
“We feed over 435 meals a day,” said volunteer assistant general manager Krystal Burns. “We feed veterans three times a day, 360 days a year.”
Burns said the center must correct more than 32 code violations, or risk shutting down. She believes RTW needs about $32,000 to fix the violations and keep the center running.
“We need help with some roofing issues, electrical, plumbing. The kitchen needs repairs. We’re a soup kitchen. We haven’t had the funds to modify the kitchen and get it up to par,” she said.