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.
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!

Sep 7, 2012

Construction on our new building has begun!

Third floor of new building before construction
Third floor of new building before construction

We are excited to begin construction on our new home that will house our daytime program, office space for housing, case management and clinical services, and ten apartment for women with a history of chronic homelessness. The building will enable Sarah's Circle to serve a growing number of women in their efforts to secure permanent housing and increase their self sufficiency. 

This building is made possible by pro bono legal and architectural services provided by Mayer Brown and Perkins + Will, and funding from individuals, foundations, the City of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Home Loan Bank, and the Illinois Development Authority, representing their shared commitment to ending homeless for women in Chicago. 

Next Wednesday we will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony to mark the beginning of construction. All are welcome to join Sarah's Circle at this celebration on September 12th, from 6pm-8pm. It will be held at the Boys & Girls Club across the street from the new building site at 4835 N Sheridan Road. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Senator Heather Steans and Alderman James Cappleman will give opening remarks at 6:30pm, highlighting the importance of Sarah's Circle. Additionally, a client who recently secured housing will speak about her experience with homelessness. 

We hope you'll be able to join us! If you plan to come, please email Caroline at caiken@sarahs-circle.org. 

Thank you again for your commitment to Sarah's Circle's work and believing in our mission. 

Third floor after start of construction
Third floor after start of construction
Sep 5, 2012

Construction has finally begun!

We are excited to share with you that construction and renovation on our new building is underway.

The photo above depicts the beginning stages of construction.

Thank you for all your support, we deeply appreciate your commitment to this project.

For those of you in the Chicago area, we would like to invite you to our Groundbreaking Ceremony. Please see the following details:

When: September 12, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm

Where: Boys and Girls Club at 4835 N Sheridan Road (between W Castlewood Ter and W Gunnison St)

Senator Heather Steans and Alderman James Cappleman will give opening remarks at 6:30 and emphasize the importance of Sarah's Circle's services for women who are homeless.

Complimental hors d'oeurves and beverages will be served.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Caroline Aiken at caiken@sarahs-circle.org.

Thank you again! 

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