Home of the Sparrow programs are designed to strengthen and enable women to:
- Develop basic life skills suited to each woman’s situation
- Secure and maintain employment that pays a livable wage
- Develop a continuing education plan, setting realistic and achievable goals
- Evaluate their financial status, learning how and why it is important to maintain a budget
- Identify issues that impede self-sufficiency and secure appropriate assistance
- Learn and apply new, healthy parenting skills to enhance the lives of their children
- Obtain permanent housing
While supplying shelter, utilities, food, clothing, transportation, and some necessary financial assistance, Home of the Sparrow’s staff also provides residents with guidance and resources to help them achieve the self-reliance they seek. Services may be rendered directly or through collaborations with partner agencies. Working together, the goal for each agency is to assure a full spectrum of needs as residents strive to gain the self-confidence and hope that results in self-reliance.
Residents may stay in Home of the Sparrow’s transitional shelter program for up to 24 months. The average stay is about nine months. Upon successful completion of programs, the agency offers up to six months of aftercare to assist and support women as they transition into healthy, independent lives.
- House meetings
- Case management
- Therapeutic sessions
- Individual tutoring sessions
- Guidance toward educational and employment options
Specific criteria must be met for those seeking to enter Home of the Sparrow shelters. The women must be:
- At least 18 years old
- Female, single, pregnant, or a single female parent with children
- Clean and sober for at least twelve months (if any previous substance abuse problem existed)
- Maintaining healthy control of any persistent mental health symptoms
- Willing to voluntarily agree to abide by the rules and regulations of Home of the Sparrow
- Free from the threat of violence and/or any pending criminal complaints
Please contact the intake coordinator at: (815) 271-5444 or email jfitzgerald@HOSparrow.org for additional criteria or questions.
Home of the Sparrow’s staff is comprised of compassionate, professional, social service and administrative individuals. Together, each staff member plays an integral role in helping residents realize they are capable of successful and independent living. Staff members include:
- Program Director
- Shelter Coordinators
- Intake and Training Coordinator
- Shelter Staff for Evenings, Overnights and Weekends
- Transitional Apartment Coordinator
- Child and Family Therapist
- Administrative Staff
Home of the Sparrow provides hope and opportunity through counseling and case management services that equip the residents with essential life management, financial and employment skills required to achieve emotional, economic and housing stability.