A New Home for Sarah's Circle

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! 

Jun 20, 2012

Building Project Underway

Thank you again for your commitment to our project, A New Home for Sarah's Circle. 

After we move into our new building next year, Sarah's Circle will transform our current space into a permanent place for the interim housing program. Currently, the women in the interim housing program sleep in a local church basement at night and come to Sarah's Circle for daytime supportive services. Our new building will enable us to make necessary upgrades to this program at a permanent location. 

To thank you for your generous support of our new home, we will be having a very special groundbreaking party on September 12th. We would love to have you join us in celebrating not only a milestone for Sarah's Circle, but also step towards alleviating homelessness.

Stay tuned for more details about the groundbreaking party to come in the next few weeks!

P.S.- If you would like to subscribe to our emails to receive personal updates about how you can get more involved in helping women who are homeless, please email Caroline at caiken@sarahs-circle.org.

Apr 19, 2012

Looking Forward to Our New Home

Thank you for your support of A New Home for Sarah’s Circle! As we continue moving forward with this project, we’re eager to soon begin renovation of our new building. While in our last project report we expected to begin construction in March, the process is taking longer than we originally anticipated. We plan to begin construction shortly.

Each day we look forward to having a new space for our programs, administrative offices, and ten units of permanent supportive housing for ten chronically homeless women. Your support of our new home will help make it possible for Sarah’s Circle to help record numbers of women who need our services, provide individualized services in a space designed specifically for those services, and increase our capacity to provide permanent supportive housing to women with a disability who have been chronically homeless. Thank you again for supporting this project.

Sarah’s Circle is still raising funds for technology, apartment furnishings, and moving costs for the new building. Funds raised through the fall will be used for these costs.

Also, we’re excited to share with you our 2011 annual report! In the link below you’ll find a PDF of the report that reviews our accomplishments, future plans, and stories of some women who have found support at Sarah’s Circle.

Jan 23, 2012

Closing in February, Construction in March

Thank you to all who have given so far for our new building project! You have helped us to reach our first goal. 

With your support, as well as a recently awarded grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Sarah's Circle has the funds needed to close on the building! Our closing date is scheduled for the end of February, and our team of Pro Bono lawyers is working diligently to complete the legal paperwork needed for closing.

After closing, we plan to start construction in March. With an ambitious construction schedule, we hope to move into the new building by the end of 2012!

Before moving in Sarah's Circle has just a few more things we need to raise funds for - furnishings, moving costs, and technology for the new building. Funds raised from now through the fall will be used for these costs associated with the new building.

Additionally, the Chicago Muckraker, a blog by the Chicago Reporter, featured Sarah's Circle last week. Check it out in the link below.


Nov 6, 2011

New Programming

Sarah's Circle Participant

Effective November 1st, Sarah’s Circle has stepped up to operate a 50 bed shelter for women located on the North Side of Chicago. It is one of the largest programs of this type in Chicago, and was in jeopardy of closing permanently.

With this new Program, Sarah’s Circle will deliver all physical services, such as shelter, food, clothing, laundry, and hygiene, as well as comprehensive support services to 50 women 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The goal of the program will be to provide these services for the women while we work with them to find permanent housing, and then, once they are housed, provide services to ensure housing retention. While this is a big step for Sarah’s Circle, it is at the core of our mission, and with your support, the program will allow us to help even more women achieve permanent housing, employment, better health, and connections with family and friends.

With this shelter, we will be able to help more women like Julie secure permanent housing.

For over two decades, Julie was in and out of shelters, struggling with issues of mental illness and substance abuse. With comprehensive services that included support in obtaining consistent mental health services and disability benefits, we were able to move Julie into permanent housing with supportive services, where she has remained housed for over three years, after experiencing decades of homelessness. Julie is able to live independently and has reconnected with family in the suburbs of Chicago. Julie’s life is now significantly healthier in so many ways, and she is on a path to staying housed and healthy for the rest of her life. 

Given the increased programming, our new building, which is on track to be completed in 2012 is more important than ever. Thank you for your support! 

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Project Leader

Elizabeth Dunn

Chicago, IL United States

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Map of A New Home for Sarah's Circle