New Building Updates
In the fall of 2013, Sarah's Circle completed construction and moved into a new building located at 4838 N. Sheridan Road. The building now houses our Daytime Support Center, Clinical Services, administrative offices, and ten women with disabling conditions who have been chronically homeless. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the building project.
Why the New Building?
• Sarah's Circle is, on a day-to-day basis, exceeding the number of women our current space was designed to serve. Instead of 20-30 individuals per day the space was designed to serve, in 2010 the average number of clients per day was 68.
• The space we currently occupy was designed as a drop-in center. While this function remains, our goal is to end homelessness, so the focus of our programming has changed. We have creatively repurposed office and storage space to accommodate the case management, clinical services, and housing assistance that truly transform women's lives, but we have reached capacity.
• More Space - The new building will have more square footage to help the record numbers of women in need of our services, and there will be more space designed for individualized services.
• Efficiency - We will be able to provide individualized services with maximum efficiency in a space designed for those services.
• 10 Studio Apartments - The 10 new apartments will increase our capacity to provide permanent supportive housing to women with a disability who have been chronically homeless.
The world-class architectural firm, Perkins+Will, is providing all architectural and engineering services pro bono for the project, and is upholding high standards of environmental conservation.
• During the construction phase of the project, we are using the original brick structure and locally manufactured, low-emitting materials.
• Design elements, such as occupancy sensors and a green roof will provide energy savings for the life of the building.
Being a Good Neighbor
As always and throughout this process, Sarah's Circle is committed to being a good neighbor.
• Sarah's Circle has met with local block clubs to discuss plans for the building and we have a signed agreement with the Castlewood Terrace Association, Gunnison Block Club, and Margate Park Block Club to cooperate on community concerns.
• We have also met with Commander Lucy Moy-Bartosik and will work with her and the Chicago Police Department to keep the area safe and secure, including attending CAPS Beat 2024 meetings.
• Our renovation and occupation of 4836 N. Sheridan Rd. will completely revitalize a vacant and dilapidated building, improving the appearance of the neighborhood and eliminating the risks associated with an uninhabitated building.
• We have a vested interest in making the neighborhood as safe and welcoming for our clients as possible, and we will be better able to work with our neighbors in a building of our own.
This is a critical stage in the history of Sarah’s Circle, and we hope you consider being a part of this endeavor.
Currently, we are gathering donations for moving costs, furnishings, and technology for our new building.