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.
Jun 5, 2013

21 Chronically Homeless Women Permanently Housed

"When you offered me this apartment, I didn't think I could make it another year homeless. I was so happy - I was in shock!"

These words were recently spoken by one of our clients, "Jane." After suffering several spinal injuries in 2001, Jane was forced to leave her job. She received disability benefits for a few years but in the process of losing her house to property taxes and taking care of her dying mother, Jane missed the renewal deadline for her benefits and subsequently lost them. She soon became homeless and struggled with housing stability for several years. Jane had been staying in shelters continuously for over four years when Sarah's Circle offered her a spot in one of our new Permanent Supportive Housing units. 

Sarah's Circle's Permanent Supportive Housing provides homes for women who struggle with chronic homelessness, meaning they have a disabling condition and have been homeless for years. The model, which includes intensive case management, has been proven to improve individual outcomes and reduce costs on public services. 

In 2012 Sarah's Circle added 10 new units of Permanent Supportive Housing, bringing our total number of units to 21. Jane is now one of 21 women living in these units. With new security and stability to work on her health and income goals, Jane is happier and healthier.

Very soon, the 10 most recently added units will be relocated to the third and fourth floors of Sarah's Circle's new building.These apartments will be fully furnished, have plenty of natural light, and each floor will have a sitting area as well as a laundry unit. To learn more about our new building, please visit our website

Thank you for all you do to help women rebuild their lives!

P.S. Sarah's Circle's 2012 Annual Report is now published! To learn more about our activities and the accomplishments we made with the help of our donors in 2012, please see the report. 

Jun 3, 2013

Moving in Soon!

 

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.



Mar 6, 2013

Wendy and Winter Walk

A few weeks ago, on February 10, Sarah’s Circle hosted our 21st Annual Winter Walk. The theme for this year’s walk was Walk a Homeless Mile. Our goal for the event was to increase awareness about homelessness in Chicago and raise critical funds for Sarah’s Circle. We successfully accomplished both goals!

While we reflected upon the challenges faced by women struggling with homelessness, we also celebrated the new projects underway at Sarah’s Circle—the construction of our new building and the renovation of our Interim Housing program. We were fortunate to have a former client return to speak at our event and share her experience of homelessness as well as the ways she was able to rebuild her life with the help of Sarah’s Circle’s supportive clinical, case management, and housing services.

Wendy first came to Sarah’s Circle in 2011 after a few months of being homeless. She was initially a part of Sarah’s Interim Housing program and was able to use Sarah's Circle's services to achieve employment and permanent housing last year. She will have her one-year housing anniversary in March and is one of the 95 women Sarah’s Circle placed in permanent housing this year! Anne also brought her happy and healthy six week old son with her to the event.

Thank you for supporting women like Wendy and for helping us to end homelessness for Chicago’s most vulnerable women!

 

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