Sarah's Circle has always started with a strong foundation of volunteers, donors, and community support to help women address challenges. Volunteers help throughout the organization, including board and committee members, professionals providing services pro bono to the organization, and direct service volunteers who deliver essential basic services and educational programming. Building on that foundation, compassionate and well-trained staff provide essential services throughout the programs.
The Daytime Support Center is Sarah’s Circle’s core program, providing daily essentials, community space, educational and general interest programming, case management, and clinical services to women in need. Any woman in need may participate in the Daytime Support Center, so women who may be street homeless, doubled up with friends or family, or at risk of homelessness all receive support.
Sarah’s Circle’s 50-bed Interim Housing Program provides 24-hour shelter and intensive supportive services to help women who are currently homeless move on to permanent housing as quickly as possible. Sarah’s Circle’s program is the largest of its type in the City of Chicago and is open to any woman who is homeless.
Sarah’s Circle’s 22-unit Permanent Supportive Housing Program is essential to helping the most vulnerable women end their homelessness. Women with disabling conditions who have been homeless for years are placed in housing and provided with intensive supportive services to help address the issues that have contributed to their long-term homelessness.