To the editors:

It was good to see Ben Joravsky’s “Neighborhood News” April 15 feature on the Crossroads Fund. Their support of unpopular and needy projects that fall through the cracks at larger foundations deserves applause and recognition.

However, two points about Chicago Legal Aid to Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) need clarification. Mr. Joravsky credited CLAIM with raising $80,000 this year, which, unfortunately for us, is not accurate. That figure represents our estimated budget for fiscal year 1989. Despite the generous help of the Crossroads Fund and our other donors, we are still struggling to meet our budget for this year.

Also, while it is true that CLAIM, in its infancy, has only a one-woman staff, we have 24 active volunteer lawyers and paralegals, and a Board of Directors and Advisory Board of dedicated members. They make CLAIM’s effective work for women prisoners and their children possible.

Gail T. Smith

Director, CLAIM