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.
Aug 23, 2013

Moving In and Housewarming Registry !

A kitchen in one of the new apartments
A kitchen in one of the new apartments

Sarah's Circle is in the final days of construction of our new building and by the end of this month, ten women who have struggled with chronic homelessness will move into their permanent homes on the top two floors! 

This is a big and exciting step for our clients. For many, this will be the first time in years that they have had their own real bed or had the use of their own kitchen- to wake up and make a cup of coffee without going somewhere, getting in line etc. is a true luxury for our clients.

To ensure our ladies have everything they need to make their new apartments feel like a true home, Sarah's Circle launched an online Housewarming Registry through Bed, Bath, and Beyond less than a month ago. Our registry has received a great response so far, but our clients are still in high need of the following essential items: pillows and sheetscomfortersmattress coverstowels, and shower curtains. Would you consider taking the time today to purchase housewarming gifts to help one of Chicago's most vulnerable women finally move into a home of her own?

We are excited that our move-in date is less than a week away. Thank you for everything you've done to help us get to this point!

Jun 5, 2013

21 Chronically Homeless Women Permanently Housed

"When you offered me this apartment, I didn't think I could make it another year homeless. I was so happy - I was in shock!"

These words were recently spoken by one of our clients, "Jane." After suffering several spinal injuries in 2001, Jane was forced to leave her job. She received disability benefits for a few years but in the process of losing her house to property taxes and taking care of her dying mother, Jane missed the renewal deadline for her benefits and subsequently lost them. She soon became homeless and struggled with housing stability for several years. Jane had been staying in shelters continuously for over four years when Sarah's Circle offered her a spot in one of our new Permanent Supportive Housing units. 

Sarah's Circle's Permanent Supportive Housing provides homes for women who struggle with chronic homelessness, meaning they have a disabling condition and have been homeless for years. The model, which includes intensive case management, has been proven to improve individual outcomes and reduce costs on public services. 

In 2012 Sarah's Circle added 10 new units of Permanent Supportive Housing, bringing our total number of units to 21. Jane is now one of 21 women living in these units. With new security and stability to work on her health and income goals, Jane is happier and healthier.

Very soon, the 10 most recently added units will be relocated to the third and fourth floors of Sarah's Circle's new building.These apartments will be fully furnished, have plenty of natural light, and each floor will have a sitting area as well as a laundry unit. To learn more about our new building, please visit our website

Thank you for all you do to help women rebuild their lives!

P.S. Sarah's Circle's 2012 Annual Report is now published! To learn more about our activities and the accomplishments we made with the help of our donors in 2012, please see the report. 

Jun 3, 2013

Moving in Soon!

 

We are getting very excited as the time  to move 10 of our clients who have experienced chronic homelessness into their new apartments draws closer. We are on schedule for our July move-in date.  Currently, we are putting in the flooring, the façade in the front of the building is going up, and all the stairs have been built in. The apartments will be fully furnished, have plenty of natural light, and each floor will have a sitting area as well as a laundry unit. 

Below you will find some pictures of our progress: The first picture shows the front of the building being prepared to be enclosed and finished, the second picture is of the drywalled hallway on the third floor for the apartments, and the final picture shows an ADA accessible apartment on the third floor. We hope these pictures will help to make you as excited as we are!

Thank you for all you have done to make this new building a reality ant in providing permanent, stable housing for vulnerable women.



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