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.
Aug 26, 2014

Sarah's Circle's Daytime Support Center

Daytime Support Center
Daytime Support Center

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.

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May 27, 2014

Jennifer's Story

Jennifer feels she has been silenced throughout too much of her life. She was silenced through child abuse, human trafficking, and many years of homelessness. Despite all this, Jennifer is firm that she was never a “damsel in distress”; she used her own strength to escape and survive. She is now a resident of Sarah’s Circle’s permanent supportive housing program. In addition to maintaining her apartment, seeing a psychiatrist regularly, and addressing chronic, debilitating back pain, Jennifer is pursuing a long-time dream of creating a line of natural skin care products. She has been researching production methods, experimenting on a small scale with lotions and astringents, and developing a business plan. While Jennifer is still in the early stages of starting a business, she feels empowered, explaining, “I’ve finally become more of who I am”. 

Other stories like Jennifer's can be found in our 2013 Annual Report. Click here to view Sarah's Circle 2013 Annual Report.

Feb 24, 2014

New Interim Housing Space Completed

Completed Interim Housing Space
Completed Interim Housing Space

With the help of over 50 volunteers, we completed the renovations to our interim housing space this past December. Volunteers and the staff from Sarah's Circle came togehter to help paint, assemble beds, clean, and complete various tasks so we could move the interim housing program to this space.

The renovated space has 50 new beds, room for personal storage, and is ADA accessible. Our supportive services are also located in the same facility for greater accessibility.The goal of the interim housing program is to help women move into permanent housing as quickly as possible with intensive case management, housing coordination, and other individualized services tailored to the strengths and challenges of the individual. 

Even with the previous shelter arrangement, construction, and a move this past year, the program increased the percentage of women exiting the program with income from 42% to 51% and improved housing placement rates from 25% in 2012 to 31% in 2013. 

Thank you for helping us to fulfill our mission of helping the most vulnerable women in Chicago rebuild their lives!

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