To reduce homelessness among women and children through creative strategies and community partnerships, resulting in lasting self-sufficiency.

To provide Hope, Opportunity, and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

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Home of the Sparrow Memorial Day Hours

Home of the Sparrow's Administrative Office in McHenry will be closed on Monday, May 25th, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. Our Administrative Office will re-open on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 at 8:30 AM. All of our 8 thrift stores (Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores and Community Threads) will remain closed on Memorial Day and until further notice. Thank you!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Home of the Sparrow would like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there! Thank you for making this world so full of love with the touch of your motherhood! 💗

Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores & Community Threads are NOW OFFERING CURB-SIDE PICK UP!

Even though our stores are still currently closed to the public and we are not accepting donations, we have begun offering Curbside Pickup sales of select merchandise. Curbside Pickup hours vary by store location and we are only accepting credit/debit card payments at this time. Visit all 8 resale stores on Facebook to shop or call for more details! (more…)

Home of the Sparrow at the Daily Herald

In this article, the Daily Herald highlights how Home of the Sparrow is navigating the impacts of the pandemic.  With the generous support of the community, Home of the Sparrow is able to continue to help homeless women and children in McHenry County and Northern Illinois. We are proud to be mentioned as the Charity Spotlight at the Daily Herald Newspaper on April 28th, 2020. (more…)

Home of the Sparrow’s Giving Tuesday Cash for Quarantine Drawing: Give to win cash prizes!

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity to take place on May 5, 2020, as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. *Drawing Updates as of 5/2/20: At Home of the Sparrow we realize that everyone is being affected by the pandemic. That is why we want to give back to those who support us with a "Giving Back to YOU Tuesday" drawing! (more…)

Affordable Housing Program Openings at Home of the Sparrow

We currently have program openings within our Affordable Housing Program for moms or single women who are currently or imminently homeless, formerly homeless, or low-income. If you or someone you know is facing homelessness and is in need of housing options, please share this information. Home of the Sparrow is happy to help! Affordable Housing applications are available at under the "Services", then "Affordable Housing" tabs. Applications can be submitted to our Housing Manager, Carly Crossman, at For more information, please feel free to call 815-271-5444 ext. 402. Thank you! (more…)

National Volunteer Appreciation Week: Thank you to all of our volunteers!

In the midst of unprecedented times, Home of the Sparrow would like to take a moment to thank our amazing volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week! Our volunteers are the heart of our organization and mean the world to us. Thank you for helping us change the lives of homeless women and children in our community through your service, time, and commitment! (more…)

To our Valued Customers and Donors

Due to the Illinois Stay -At -Home Mandate that went into effect on March 21st, 2020, all 8 Home of the Sparrow Resale Store locations will be closed indefinitely.   We want to ensure the health and safety of you, our employees and volunteers. We respectfully ask that donations not be left at the store during this closure.   We will gladly accept when the store re-opens. Once we become aware of a date we are authorized to re-open,  we will communicate that information through our email correspondence and social media outlets. Your well-being is our top priority and we thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.    

McHenry County Community COVID-19 Response Fund

About the McHenry County Community COVID-19 Response Fund The Community Foundation for McHenry County and United Way of Greater McHenry County launched the McHenry County Community COVID-19 Response Fund to unite the funds raised to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the community. (more…)

Urgent Help Needed!

These are unprecedented times. Non-Profits survive with event fundraising, donor support and grant funding to support their mission. Already, many agencies have reached into their reserves to keep their doors open and continue to provide essential services to those in need. Some agencies are reducing capacity in order to implement federal guidelines of social distancing; others, including Home of the Sparrow, are soliciting donations to address the immediate and long-term implications of the pandemic. (more…)

McHenry County Illinois Assistant Programs!

Home of the Sparrow would like to share some resources with you all in this time of need. Please check out these McHenry County resources if you are in need of assistance programs to help with rent, bills, prescription medicines, and health and care services. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! (more…)

Home of the Sparrow Administration will be closed during the Shelter in Place Order!

In an effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus, Home of Sparrow's Administration office will be closed during the Stay in Place Order. This information can change quickly, so please check our website or Facebook pages for any other important updates.   Currently, Home of the Sparrow client services has not been interrupted and clients are still receiving services. If you are in need of any assistance, staff is still available to assist you, please call: (815) 271-5444 during regular business hours; Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m, Friday 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.  If there is no answer please leave a message, as we have limited staff on hand to answer all calls as they come in.   We apologize for any inconvenience.  
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