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After the Fire

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Has an outfit ever given you the confidence to nail a job interview? Has a good book ever transported you to another world? This month, two local non-profits were hit with fires in the span of two days: Sharp Dressed Man and The Book Thing. Sharp Dressed Man provides professional job-interview attire for men who have been incarcerated or homeless. An electrical fire is forcing the nonprofit to relocate. The Book Thing is a popular free book exchange. Thousands of books were lost to fire and water damage. What lies ahead for these non-profits and the people they serve?

We also speak with the founder and executive director of Casey Cares, a non-profit headquartered in Baltimore that arranges parties, vacations, and other uplifting activities for critically ill children and families throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Nine years ago, a massive  fire broke out in the foundation's Violetville offices.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.