Too often, Chicago’s most vulnerable women feel voiceless and out of control of their circumstances. Meet Melinda.
At one time in her life, Melinda lived by the philosophy of “taking control of everything, and making things happen.” In 2005, however, she faced a tragedy beyond her control--the death of her sister. After this devastating loss, Melinda left home and set out to find a new life in Indiana. Unable to gain proper footing there after a number of years, Melinda found herself on a bus headed to Chicago in hopes of finding stability.
Melinda went from shelter to shelter and slept on public benches before hearing about a “safe space” in Uptown that worked with women. She sought out Sarah’s Circle and began the process of regaining control of her life—“The workers at Sarah’s Circle treated me with dignity and respect. Sarah’s Circle helped me to get my identification cards, access resources for food, and supported me in my efforts to return back to school."
This past year has been an eventful one at Sarah’s Circle. We took on a 50-bed interim housing program for women expanding our services to 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, expanded our clinical services, and began construction on our new building. We are planning for further improvements in staffing and facilities for interim housing. These developments have had and will continue to have a profound effect on the lives of women like Melinda.
Melinda is now working with a case manager to find a job and secure permanent, affordable housing. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with the staff and other women at Sarah's Circle.
"I am extremely grateful for there being a Sarah’s Circle and the wonderful people they get to work with us [ladies]. They really go out of their way and motivate me to do better."
Your support allows us to continue to help women like Melinda. Thank you!