The Non Profit Working to End Homelessness For Women in Chicago

Since 1979, Sarah’s Circle has been providing housing and support services to women in Chicago experiencing homelessness with the overall goal of a safe and secure home for every woman in Chicago.  Each night, 2000 women in Chicago will experience homelessness.  Sarah’s Circle operates 24/7, 365 days a year to provide short and long term housing as well as an extensive list of services including a daytime support center which provides a safe space as well as services to meet basic needs and educational programming.  

Demographics of Women Served by Sarah’s Circle 

  • 100% are women with low incomes; approximately 49% have no income
  • 100% face a shortage of affordable housing
  • 86% are ages 18-61; 14% are 62 years or older
  • 78% are BIPOC
  • 45% are survivors of domestic violence
  • 41% are chronically homeless 
  • 40% struggle with a severe mental health condition
  • 40% are currently living on the street or in a place not meant for human habitation
  • 18% have a physical disability
  • 16% have a chronic health condition

From January-December 2020 alone, even though their capacity was reduced due to social distancing guidelines, Sarah’s Circle opened a brand new facility and:

  • Provided basic needs and supportive services to 450 women across all programs
  • Served 250 women through case management
  • Helped 64 women transition into permanent housing  
  • Supported 46 women in gaining employment, an increase of 24% from 2019
  • Provided a safe, temporary home for 168 women in our Interim Housing Program
  • Kept the women safe, with 0 positive COVID test results

The work that Sarah’s Circle is doing in our home city of Chicago is extremely important, and so in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we’ve teamed up with some of our favorite woman owned businesses to raffle off a $1400 prize pack with 100% of sales benefiting Sarah’s Circle.  And you can learn more about Sarah’s Circle’s mission plus information on how to become a regular donor on their website.

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