Our longest running program, the Daytime Support Center provides a safe space, physical services, community, educational programming, and case management to any woman in need. Women who are street homeless, doubled up with friends or family, housed but at risk of homelessness, or formerly homeless may all participate. “Kate” is in her early 20s. She aged out of foster care and has struggled with housing instability ever since. Kate was usually able to stay with a cousin around her age, but when conflicts arose, Kate had to sleep somewhere else, which was often in a homeless shelter. Because of the unique openness of the Daytime Support Center, it didn’t matter where Kate happened to be sleeping; she could come to Sarah’s Circle during the day for services. Kate wants to work, but with a low education level and instability in her personal life, she has had difficulty keeping a job. Kate had just begun case management when she realized she was pregnant. Kate’s case manager helped her connect with prenatal care while researching and applying to programs designed specifically for young moms and their children. Kate was accepted into one of those programs and now she has her own apartment, is enrolled in school, and is preparing for her baby. Kate is committed to giving her child more security, stability, and opportunity than she had growing up.
In early September, we completed construction on our new home and moved our administrative offices and Daytime Support Center to our new location. 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.
Our board and staff would like to say a big thank you to everyone who gave Sarah's Circle support during this project. We 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!
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 sheets, comforters, mattress covers, towels, 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!
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.
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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