As the pandemic rages on, Sarah’s Circle is bringing attention to the urgent need for additional beds for the homeless in shelters across the city. Interim Housing Programs and Emergency Shelters have had to reduce their spots due to social distancing guidelines.
Sarah’s Circle is a longtime Chicago pillar working to end homelessness for women. They recognize that women are among the most vulnerable to eviction, due to the gender wage gap. Additionally, Black women and women of color are at a greater risk of eviction, since they make less than their white counterparts. As of May 2020, 76,998 people face homelessness in Chicago. Of that number, there is a 22 percent positivity rate for COVID-19.
Sarah’s Circle has been working with the City of Chicago to help get additional beds online for the duration of the pandemic. The organization is planning to open a second interim housing project to achieve this goal, but needs help. In addition to continuing to pay rent, Sarah’s Circle will be hiring 10 more staff members to help alleviate workload. The organization says, “Although this was an unexpected course of action, we are always committed to our mission to helping women in Chicago experiencing homelessness, especially in these turbulent and unpredictable times.“
The pandemic has affected us all in ways we could not have imagined a mere nine months ago. With the winter chill upon us, most of us are fortunate to have heat and shelter. For the women that Sarah’s Circle helps, this is not the case. Consider giving to support this worthy cause.
Better proudly endorses the work that Sarah’s Circle has done for the city and women of Chicago.
Hear from Executive Director, Kathy Ragnar, to learn more about how Sarah’s Circle is facing this challenge head on.
If you are able, please consider making a donation that will directly benefit women as they work to overcome homelessness.
Sarah’s Circle is located at 4838 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL. Learn more about how you can help the organization in the time of COVID-19 here.