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 28, 2016

Expanded Art Therapy is Meaningful to our Women

A woman healing while creating art.
A woman healing while creating art.

Clinical Services are provided to address the trauma, domestic violence, mental illness, and substance abuse that often contribute to and/or are a consequence of housing instability among the women served. Services including case management, diagnostic testing, individual and group clinical counseling, including Art Therapy, are provided on site. In 2015, the Art Therapy program was expanded to include a Community Art Night and more individual and group Art Therapy programming. Other services, such as medical and alcohol and substance use treatment, are provided by referral to established Sarah’s Circle partner institutions.

More than 100 participants have engaged in Sarah’s Circle’s expanded Art Therapy Program, and an additional 250 have participated in our new Community Art Studio. Art Therapy is effective at addressing trauma and related social needs that impact women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Art Therapy spans a range of practices including “art in therapy,” “art as therapy,” and “community art studio.” “Art in therapy” typically addresses trauma and related mental illness directly in the context of psychotherapy guided by a professional. “Art as therapy” involves the action, creation, experimentation, and self-expression of art itself as the primary therapeutic factor building self-esteem and relieving some symptoms of mental illness. “Community art studios” help participants practice creative expression in community with others, oftentimes with the explicit goal for the community to include both marginalized and mainstream members of the broader community to combat marginalization, stigma, and isolation.

Oct 4, 2016

A Closer Look at the Women We Serve

Friends enjoying community at Sarah
Friends enjoying community at Sarah's Circle!

Sarah's Circle works to empower women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We must offer a comprehensive range of services to meet the needs of our diverse clients. Case Managers consider the multitude of resources that could be helpful to each of the nearly 1,000 women that walk through our doors each year. Here is a glimpse of the women we welcome with dignity and respect: 

• 100% of clients are low-income women, and approximately 54% have no income;

• 100% face a shortage of affordable housing;

• 92% are survivors of physical or sexual trauma;

• 81% are between the ages of 31 and 61;

• 75% are racial or ethnic minorities;

• 46% struggle with severe and persistent mental illness;

• 32% are survivors of domestic violence;

• 29% are chronically homeless;

• 28% have chronic medical conditions;

• 25% use alcohol or substances;

• 14% have a physical disability;

• 9% have a criminal record; and

• 1% have HIV/AIDS.

 

Sarah's Circle is unique in that we minimize the barriers to entry so that we can provide support to ANY woman in need. We accept each woman as she is and work with her to rebuild her life. 

Jul 7, 2016

Cherise Made It Home!

"Cherise" happy in her new home!
"Cherise" happy in her new home!

“Cherise” is an independent and resourceful woman and has been living alone on a modest retirement income for several years. Unfortunately, after being diagnosed with MS, Cherise was admitted into a nursing home last year with medical complications. Cherise did not have adequate insurance coverage for the nursing home and had no choice but to pay for her nursing home stay instead of rent while recovering. Two months later when Cherise was healthy enough to leave the nursing home, she was homeless.

Cherise found immediate shelter and support in Sarah’s Circle’s Interim Housing Program while she searched for housing. While Cherise had income, she had spent most of her savings during her illness and kept being turned down for housing because of a poor credit score. Cherise credits her case manager with helping her keep her “head up and keep working”, and connecting her to funds needed to finally get into housing. When Cherise was able to find a landlord to accept her despite her poor credit score, she was $65 short on being able to pay for fees and security deposit in addition to her first month’s rent. With one donor’s generous gift to Sarah’s Circle’s Make It Home Fund to make up that difference, Cherise was able to enter permanent housing within one month of entering Interim Housing!

 
   

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