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.
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-sufficiency.