Sarah's Circle - Chicago, IL
Program Services Phone: 773.728.1991 (Services, volunteer opportunities, in-kind donations)
Interim Housing Program: 773.751.7475 (Questions regarding bed availability, etc.)
Administrative Phone: 773.728.1014 (Donations, all other inquiries)
The Interim Housing Program is a 50-bed shelter, providing a safe space, basic needs, and supportive services for any woman experiencing homelessness. This program has no barriers and accepts any unaccompanied woman. Our Interim Housing Program is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We serve three meals a day in addition to helping women meet all their other basic needs. Each woman works closely with a case manager to identify goals and strive to meet them. Securing permanent housing for each woman is the primary goal. Improving overall well-being and increasing self-sufficiency as quickly as possible are other common goals. Like our other programs, we foster a community of support, as it strengthens a woman’s likelihood of success.
The Permanent Supportive Housing Program provides 30 units of affordable housing to women who have been chronically homeless. Residents are identified through Chicago’s coordinated entry system, ensuring that the most vulnerable women are given housing first. Notably, some women were homeless for over a decade before finding a home with Sarah’s Circle. Each woman works closely with a case manager to identify and develop a plan to meet her individualized needs. This housing model improves outcomes for the most difficult to serve individuals and helps reduce public costs associated with emergency room and shelter use.
Volunteers Requests by Sarah's Circle: Sarah\\\'s Circle offers many opportunities for groups or individuals to volunteer. Volunteers are needed to: prepare and serve meals for participants, coordinate donation drives, staff our front desk, or organize received donations. In particular, groups willing to prepare a ready to serve meal are eagerly welcomed. Meals can be reheated onsite and served to 20-50 women (depending on the day and time). Meals should include a healthy main dish, a side of vegetables or salad, bread or rice, and a dessert. Meal providers are encouraged to stay to enjoy the meal with the women in our program and contribute to an environment of community and safety. Please visit our website for more information.
Donation Requests by Sarah's Circle: For all donations, please call ahead of time to schedule a drop-off. Sarah\\\'s Circle readily accepts donations of pre-made bagged lunches. These lunches supplement the meals served at Sarah\\\'s Circle as women often rely on them to stay fed until their next meal. Bagged lunches consist of a sandwich, snack, optional fruit and optional healthy beverage. Quanitities of at least 50 bagged lunches are required as we serve 50 women in our interim housing program and up to 50 women per day in our daytime drop-in center. Supplies of new: twin size bed sheets, feminine hygiene products, deodorant and razors need to be replenished regularly. Please visit our website for more information.
User Questions & Answers
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