Help Empower Women Who are Homeless in Chicago

Dec 28, 2011

New Years Update: Holiday Dinner and Interim Housing

Sarah's Circle's Annual Christmas Dinner

Last Wednesday evening, we served Christmas dinner to over 70 women. Each woman also received a gift bag or stocking filled with hand-knit scarves, toiletries, wrapped presents, and baked goods.


A special thank you to our generous donors who donated holiday gifts: Marie Zimmerman, Debra Flynn, Sherry Barnett, "The Angel Team," Linda Williams, those over at St. John Fisher, McDonalds, and Brady, Connolly, & Masuda P.C. 


 SC Christmas 1     Stocking

 We'd also like to thank our committed volunteers who helped serve the meal. You all helped make the event a success!


A closer look: our 50-bed interim housing program 

The women currently in the program struggle with various challenges, and most have been homeless for years. Anne Marie Keswick, Program Director, explains, "95% of the women in the program have mental illnesses, while 85% are chronically homeless."


With these challenges, they will need a lot of support to stay housed, so the focus is on placing them in permanent supportive housing. Permanent supportive housing is affordable housing with case management and other supportive services to help formerly homeless people stay housed.


There is a shortage of permanent supportive housing and many requirements to get into programs, so we are delighted that Megan Libreros, Housing Coordinator, has already housed 3 women from the program since November 1st. This is in addition to her work housing women in the daytime program and providing case management to the women in Sarah's Circle's 11 housing units.


Thank you for your continued support.


We are able to provide life changing services for women who are homeless because of your confidence in our ability to deliver effective programs and your commitment to ending homelessness.

From all of us at Sarah's Circle, thank you again for all of your support. We wish happy and healthy New Year to all!


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Project Leader

Elizabeth Dunn

Chicago, IL United States

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