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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Congratulations to the 3 winners of Home of the Sparrow’s Cash for Quarantine Drawing!

Although #GivingTuesday was recognized on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020, Home of the Sparrow is amazed by the generosity that the community has shown us. All throughout the month of May, Home of the Sparrow hosted a Cash for Quarantine Drawing as a way to spread awareness about #GivingTuesday and to give back to the those who continuously support our mission! We would like to thank everyone who participated in this drawing. We had over 140+ entries! Your contribution will help women and children who are experiencing homelessness in Northern Illinois. With your help, Home of the Sparrow is able to continue providing housing programs and supportive services for those in need. Thank you! (more…)

Builders Challenge Contestant, Casey Reeves, Handmakes & Donates Dining Table to Home of the Sparrow Shelter!

Casey Reeves, an engineer and woodworker from Huntley, Illinois, will be competing in the Builders Challenge to build a dining table for a family or organization in need. We are grateful that he has chosen Home of the Sparrow to be the recipient of his handmade wood dining table and are excited to put it to use at our McHenry Shelter! Thank you so much for this gift, for your beautiful work, and consideration!  (more…)

We are excited to announce the re-opening of our Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores & Community Threads!

After almost 12 weeks of being closed, we are excited to implement the next phase of re-opening the thrift stores. Due to space constraints and the need to quarantine donations, hours of operation and donation times vary by location. Please see the schedule of days and times listed below. (more…)

Job Opening with Home of the Sparrow!

Home of the Sparrow has a current job opening for a Case Manager! If you are interested in learning more or applying, please visit CLICK HERE, for the job description and application! If you are passionate about helping others in your community, this may be the perfect opportunity for you! Thank you!

Thank you to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for supporting Home of the Sparrow with a $20,000 grant!

It's #ThankfulThursday! Thank you to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for supporting Home of the Sparrow with a $20,000 grant from their COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund! (more…)

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! 💗

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…)
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