A New Home for Sarah's Circle

by Sarah's Circle

Thank you for supporting our project, A New Home for Sarah’s Circle. Construction is fully underway and we are excited to share that we are on target for our June 2013 move-in date. Our staff makes frequent visits to the new space and building progress is apparent with each visit.

The building looks drastically different from when we began 2 months ago—cement has been poured and walls have been erected. In the above picture, our Executive Director, Kathy Ragnar, stands in the space that will contain our future case management offices. The new building will also house our administrative offices, daytime supportive services as well as ten units of permanent supportive housing for women struggling with chronic homelessness. Kathy recently shared that the supportive housing units have now been framed out.

Sarah’s Circle continues to raise funds for this project. A special area of need is our kitchen. In the initial stages of planning we assumed we would, at the necessary time, simply move our kitchen supplies and appliances from our present space to the new location. However, last November, Sarah’s Circle took on an Interim Housing program and will continue to operate this program in our current space even after the move to a new building. In order to continue to provide over 20,000 meals a year to the 50 women in this IH program we will need to retain the kitchen in our current space. In order to provide meals to the clients outside of the IH program who will seek out daytime services at our new space as well as for the women who will maintain a permanent residence there, we will need a new commercial kitchen for our new building.

Thank you for helping us get this far. We appreciate your continued support!

We are excited to share with you that construction and renovation on our new building is underway.

The photo above depicts the beginning stages of construction.

Thank you for all your support, we deeply appreciate your commitment to this project.

For those of you in the Chicago area, we would like to invite you to our Groundbreaking Ceremony. Please see the following details:

When: September 12, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm

Where: Boys and Girls Club at 4835 N Sheridan Road (between W Castlewood Ter and W Gunnison St)

Senator Heather Steans and Alderman James Cappleman will give opening remarks at 6:30 and emphasize the importance of Sarah's Circle's services for women who are homeless.

Complimental hors d'oeurves and beverages will be served.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Caroline Aiken at caiken@sarahs-circle.org.

Thank you again! 

Thank you again for your commitment to our project, A New Home for Sarah's Circle. 

After we move into our new building next year, Sarah's Circle will transform our current space into a permanent place for the interim housing program. Currently, the women in the interim housing program sleep in a local church basement at night and come to Sarah's Circle for daytime supportive services. Our new building will enable us to make necessary upgrades to this program at a permanent location. 

To thank you for your generous support of our new home, we will be having a very special groundbreaking party on September 12th. We would love to have you join us in celebrating not only a milestone for Sarah's Circle, but also step towards alleviating homelessness.

Stay tuned for more details about the groundbreaking party to come in the next few weeks!

P.S.- If you would like to subscribe to our emails to receive personal updates about how you can get more involved in helping women who are homeless, please email Caroline at caiken@sarahs-circle.org.

Thank you for your support of A New Home for Sarah’s Circle! As we continue moving forward with this project, we’re eager to soon begin renovation of our new building. While in our last project report we expected to begin construction in March, the process is taking longer than we originally anticipated. We plan to begin construction shortly.

Each day we look forward to having a new space for our programs, administrative offices, and ten units of permanent supportive housing for ten chronically homeless women. Your support of our new home will help make it possible for Sarah’s Circle to help record numbers of women who need our services, provide individualized services in a space designed specifically for those services, and increase our capacity to provide permanent supportive housing to women with a disability who have been chronically homeless. Thank you again for supporting this project.

Sarah’s Circle is still raising funds for technology, apartment furnishings, and moving costs for the new building. Funds raised through the fall will be used for these costs.

Also, we’re excited to share with you our 2011 annual report! In the link below you’ll find a PDF of the report that reviews our accomplishments, future plans, and stories of some women who have found support at Sarah’s Circle.


Thank you to all who have given so far for our new building project! You have helped us to reach our first goal. 

With your support, as well as a recently awarded grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Sarah's Circle has the funds needed to close on the building! Our closing date is scheduled for the end of February, and our team of Pro Bono lawyers is working diligently to complete the legal paperwork needed for closing.

After closing, we plan to start construction in March. With an ambitious construction schedule, we hope to move into the new building by the end of 2012!

Before moving in Sarah's Circle has just a few more things we need to raise funds for - furnishings, moving costs, and technology for the new building. Funds raised from now through the fall will be used for these costs associated with the new building.

Additionally, the Chicago Muckraker, a blog by the Chicago Reporter, featured Sarah's Circle last week. Check it out in the link below.



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Sarah's Circle

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.sarahs-circle.org
Project Leader:
Elizabeth Dunn
Chicago, IL United States

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