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.
Mar 5, 2013

Furnished Apartments for Women in Need

Construction of Sarah’s Circle’s new building at 4836 N. Sheridan is going strong. We have been very fortunate to have such reasonably good weather this winter making it possible for construction to continue unimpeded during a time of year when outside work could have been much more challenging.  

An essential part of our new building is the 10 units of permanent housing specifically for 10 of the most vulnerable women in our program—women  who have been chronically homeless with a disability and  who would have the most difficulty maintaining housing without supportive services.

The framing and all the conduit work has been done in the apartments, and we are excited about moving women in at the end of summer. We are specifically in need of furniture for the apartments. It will cost Sarah’s Circle approximately $2,400 to furnish each apartment:

A breakdown of the cost of specific furniture items follows:

Tapered leg table: $310.78

Bistro Side Chair: $110.94

Twin Bed: $245.18

Twin Box Spring: $186.96

Twin Mattress: $220.58

4 Drawer Bureau: $384.58

Upholstered Chairs: $752.76

Would you consider making a contribution to help us furnish these apartments for 10 very deserving women?

Thank you so much for your support!

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Dec 5, 2012

Melinda's Story

Too often, Chicago’s most vulnerable women feel voiceless and out of control of their circumstances. Meet Melinda.

At one time in her life, Melinda lived by the philosophy of “taking control of everything, and making things happen.” In 2005, however, she faced a tragedy beyond her control--the death of her sister. After this devastating loss, Melinda left home and set out to find a new life in Indiana. Unable to gain proper footing there after a number of years, Melinda found herself on a bus headed to Chicago in hopes of finding stability.

Melinda went from shelter to shelter and slept on public benches before hearing about a “safe space” in Uptown that worked with women. She sought out Sarah’s Circle and began the process of regaining control of her life—The workers at Sarah’s Circle treated me with dignity and respect. Sarah’s Circle helped me to get my identification cards, access resources for food, and supported me in my efforts to return back to school."

This past year has been an eventful one at Sarah’s Circle. We took on a 50-bed interim housing program for women expanding our services to 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, expanded our clinical services, and began construction on our new building. We are planning for further improvements in staffing and facilities for interim housing. These developments have had and will continue to have a profound effect on the lives of women like Melinda.

Melinda is now working with a case manager to find a job and secure permanent, affordable housing. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with the staff and other women at Sarah's Circle. 

 "I am extremely grateful for there being a Sarah’s Circle and  the wonderful people they get to work with us [ladies]. They really go out of their way and motivate me to do better."

Your support allows us to continue to help women like Melinda. Thank you! 

Dec 4, 2012

Construction Fully UnderWay, A Specific Need

Thank you for supporting our project, A New Home for Sarah’s Circle. Construction is fully underway and we are excited to share that we are on target for our June 2013 move-in date. Our staff makes frequent visits to the new space and building progress is apparent with each visit.

The building looks drastically different from when we began 2 months ago—cement has been poured and walls have been erected. In the above picture, our Executive Director, Kathy Ragnar, stands in the space that will contain our future case management offices. The new building will also house our administrative offices, daytime supportive services as well as ten units of permanent supportive housing for women struggling with chronic homelessness. Kathy recently shared that the supportive housing units have now been framed out.

Sarah’s Circle continues to raise funds for this project. A special area of need is our kitchen. In the initial stages of planning we assumed we would, at the necessary time, simply move our kitchen supplies and appliances from our present space to the new location. However, last November, Sarah’s Circle took on an Interim Housing program and will continue to operate this program in our current space even after the move to a new building. In order to continue to provide over 20,000 meals a year to the 50 women in this IH program we will need to retain the kitchen in our current space. In order to provide meals to the clients outside of the IH program who will seek out daytime services at our new space as well as for the women who will maintain a permanent residence there, we will need a new commercial kitchen for our new building.

Thank you for helping us get this far. We appreciate your continued support!

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