Sarah's Circle - Chicago, IL

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4838 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60640
: Phone: 773-728-1991
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    2019-07-24 18:02:26
    UNBEARABLE EXPERIENCE! BEEN ON THE STREET IS SAFER AND HEALTHIER! I am a 65 year old Senior Citizen, dealing with Severe Chronic Stress and Anxiety, along with PTSD, with a high risk of suicide, and I am homeless with my Service Dog, without having any family at all. I became homeless on January, 2019, and I slipped on ice on January, 30th, breaking my wrist, the Radius and Ulna. I signed up with Sarah’s Circle Day Program, and I spent 3 months on the street, because I didn’t want to go to a Shelter. Karla, Sarah’s Circle Day Program at that time, helped me to get out of the street, by advocating for me at the Shelter. I have been there for two months, and this has been my experience. Deborah Cole, a homeless woman, has been verbally attacking, harassing, cursing, and disturbing me. She’s an uneducated Alcoholic, disrespectful individual, who has disrespected the Staff, and in spite of reporting her behavior to the Staff and Case Worker, she’s not been discharged from the Program. Jenny, another homeless woman, assaulted me verbally, going to my bed space, when I was resting, getting ready to go to sleep, shouting, and harassing me. I reported this to the Staff and Case Worker, and they did nothing about it. Kadisha, a morning Worker, has always been mean, and rude to me, unwilling to serve, and with a bad attitude. My Case Worker, can’t handle the job. I was asked to leave this morning on Wednesday, July 24th, because someone took my erased my name from my Shower time, and instead of helping me, they asked me to leave. I am on the street with my Service Dog, apI firmly believe that God will take care of us, but I wanted to leave this review, so the homeless women AVOID THIS PLACE. I forgive these people in the name of Jesus, and I surrender them to HIM, for GOD TO BLESS THEM. Thank you very much. God Bless Y’all!

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Address: Sarah's Circle's Daytime Support Center and offices are located at 4838 N. Sheridan Rd (in the Uptown neighborhood - just north of Lawrence and Sheridan).

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)

Sarah’s Circle’s primary goal is to end homelessness for unaccompanied adult women in Chicago. We strive for and achieve excellence in each of our programs by utilizing an approach and philosophy guided by best practices and outstanding leadership. To support this, our programs utilize the Housing First model, have no barriers, and use a trauma-informed approach. We also provide case management and supportive services to assist each woman in her journey.  Sarah’s Circle has three primary programs:

Daytime Support Center

The Daytime Support Center is a comprehensive drop-in center available to any woman in need Monday - Friday. Here, we provide a safe space, shelter from extreme weather, services to meet basic needs, educational and general interest programming, as well as case management. Basic need services include two meals a day, computers, phones, showers, laundry, free hygiene products, and lockers. Case managers assist women to address barriers to finding housing, implement strategies to extend their income, and find permanent housing. The Daytime Support Center is much more than a facility and services; it’s a vibrant community of women who have created lasting friendships and a supportive, healing environment. This community is a critical aspect of our success, as it fosters an increased sense of well-being and, once a woman is housed, helps ensure housing retention.

Interim Housing

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.

Permanent Supportive Housing

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

Many of these shelters now have waiting lists. Please call before going to them. Many waiting lists are very long. Shelters and service also go out of business. Always call ahead to confirm that this location is still active. If you find that this location is no longer operating, please send us a comment using the form below.

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