By the early 2000's, "Susan" had risen in the ranks of her company and truly enjoyed her job, training and supervising new employees.
When her company relocated to Indiana, Susan went with it. After a few years though, when her company decided to outsource, Susan was laid off. She was alone in Indiana with few employment options and without the resources to move again. Susan eventually found a job, but it paid less and provided minimal benefits. After struggling for several years, Susan lost everything when she lost her job in 2009. There was no help for Susan in Indiana; she could not even find an open emergency shelter bed, so she used her last few dollars to pay for a bus ticket back to Chicago.
When Susan finally found her way to Sarah's Circle in 2010, she had started to lose hope. Sarah's Circle gave Susan a welcoming, supportive community and the daily necessities of life so she could concentrate on working to regain self-sufficiency. The staff at Sarah's Circle also connected Susan to healthcare and employment resources that fit her needs. Susan continues to use Sarah's Circle as her home base as she works to become housed once more.
Whether a woman has become homeless for the first time or has been homeless for years, she needs to secure her basic needs before she is able to pursue more long-term goals. A meal, a hot shower, and being treated with respect can mean the difference between getting back on her feet and becoming mired in homelessness. Sarah's Circle provides safe daytime shelter, food, showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities to women visiting the daytime support center each day.