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Chicago House Collaboration

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Collaboration with Chicago House

Sarah’s Circle and Chicago House are working collaboratively to expand services for transgender women. Chicago’s LGBTQ community is greatly underserved in areas of both health and housing. Thanks to a grant from the LGBT Community Fund, Sarah’s Circle is able to dedicate four beds at our Interim Housing facility for transgender women as well as undergo staff training to ensure that our services are transgender affirming. The women placed at Interim Housing through this collaboration have access to all of Sarah’s Circle’s housing, employment, legal, and mental and physical health resources. Transwomen clients also receive support from a dedicated TransShelter Coordinator from Chicago House who helps connect them with additional trans-specific resources.

Early Results

Sarah’s Circle is delighted to share the news about the early success of this collaboration. The first woman entering Sarah’s Circle’s Interim Housing program through this partnership is also the very first woman to attain employment and a permanent home.

Meet Kika. Kika went a year and a half without a home, "I stayed any place I could find to curl up out of the way." During the day, Kika would find places with computers to send resumes and try to find reasons to stay optimistic. Her research lead her to Chicago House, and ultimately into Sarah's Circle's Interim Housing program. Kika worked diligently with her case manager and followed leads for employment and housing opportunities. In only 3 months in Interim Housing, Kika's hard work paid off. She moved into her own apartment in September of 2016 and can afford it thanks to her new job at a pharmacy. Today, Kika values that she has safety, a job with opportunities, and real friendships with the women she met at Sarah's Circle.

We wanted to share Kika's story and say thank you. Thank you for caring about our mission and the women who need our support while they regain stability and self-suffiency. 

Ways to Help

Please visit our Ways to Help page to learn more about the many ways you can directly impact the women of Sarah’s Circle.

Mission

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.

Sarah's Circle

4838 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-728-1991

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