Today, Sarah’s Circle offers several services – comprehensive physical services, permanent supportive housing, clinical services, a network of resources, and a community – to over 900 women a year who are affected by homelessness. We encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential as women.
In the fall of 2014, Sarah's Circle case managers noticed that program participants who lacked funds for ID's, application fees, and security deposits often just missed housing opportunities. Sarah's Circle developed a pilot program to cover the difference. The pilot was so successful in moving women into housing that we are now making it a permanent program. Learn how you can make the difference and help 200 women make it home into permanent housing through the Make It Home Fund.
We invite you to be a part of our ultimate goals as both an organization and a society—the elimination of homelessness and the empowerment of women. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and internships. Participate in one of our many social activities by attending an event or consider subscribing to our Fruits & Vegetables Project.
The 1 in 4 initiative has been formed to address issues around homelessness for single women. Single, unaccompanied women comprise approximately 25 % of the homeless population, yet there is a lack of research and policy for this population. This initiative is working to build a national collaboration to conduct research, collect data, and share best practices with the goal of driving policy decision and increasing funding designed to eliminate homelessness for single women. Sarah’s Circle is working with agencies on a national basis to develop a Midwest 1 in 4 group, analagous to 1in4LA, to address issues related to homelessness for single women. More information to come.
The number of people experiencing homelessness in Chicago as of January 2015 is at the highest level in a decade. Overall homeless increased by 8%, while homelessness among single adults increased by 22%. It is estimated that 1,462 women are homeless on any given night.
See the 2015 City of Chicago Homeless Count and Survey for details.
Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing life necessities, housing, case management, clinical and social services, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential.
4838 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640