Sarah's Circle

Sarah's Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing housing assistance, case management, referral services, and life necessities, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential.
May 27, 2014

Jennifer's Story

Jennifer feels she has been silenced throughout too much of her life. She was silenced through child abuse, human trafficking, and many years of homelessness. Despite all this, Jennifer is firm that she was never a “damsel in distress”; she used her own strength to escape and survive. She is now a resident of Sarah’s Circle’s permanent supportive housing program. In addition to maintaining her apartment, seeing a psychiatrist regularly, and addressing chronic, debilitating back pain, Jennifer is pursuing a long-time dream of creating a line of natural skin care products. She has been researching production methods, experimenting on a small scale with lotions and astringents, and developing a business plan. While Jennifer is still in the early stages of starting a business, she feels empowered, explaining, “I’ve finally become more of who I am”. 

Other stories like Jennifer's can be found in our 2013 Annual Report. Click here to view Sarah's Circle 2013 Annual Report.

Feb 24, 2014

New Interim Housing Space Completed

Completed Interim Housing Space
Completed Interim Housing Space

With the help of over 50 volunteers, we completed the renovations to our interim housing space this past December. Volunteers and the staff from Sarah's Circle came togehter to help paint, assemble beds, clean, and complete various tasks so we could move the interim housing program to this space.

The renovated space has 50 new beds, room for personal storage, and is ADA accessible. Our supportive services are also located in the same facility for greater accessibility.The goal of the interim housing program is to help women move into permanent housing as quickly as possible with intensive case management, housing coordination, and other individualized services tailored to the strengths and challenges of the individual. 

Even with the previous shelter arrangement, construction, and a move this past year, the program increased the percentage of women exiting the program with income from 42% to 51% and improved housing placement rates from 25% in 2012 to 31% in 2013. 

Thank you for helping us to fulfill our mission of helping the most vulnerable women in Chicago rebuild their lives!

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Nov 26, 2013

New Building Complete, IH Renovations Underway

Women Permanently Housed in SC
Women Permanently Housed in SC's Apartments

In early September, we completed construction on our new home and moved our administrative offices and Daytime Support Center to our new location greatly increasing our capacity to effectively serve daily drop-in clients. We also moved ten formerly chronically homeless women into the ten new, fully furnished apartments on the third and fourth floors of the new building. 

On October 13th Sarah's Circle hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the milestone of our completed building! The event was well attended by staff, volunteers, clients, and donors. We were also grateful to count Alderman James Cappleman, Lieutenant Governor Shelia Simon, and State Representative Greg Harris among the ceremony's attendees. 

In mid-November, we began renovations on our 4750 N. Sheridan location to transform the space into a best practices Interim Housing site for the women in our 50-bed shelter. The renovations are expected to be finished within a month and will greatly increase the comfort of the women in our program as well as our capacity to serve them well.

Sarah's Circle would not have accomplished these goals without you. Thank you for helping us to fulfill our mission of helping the most vulnerable women in Chicago rebuild their lives!

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