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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 is Seeking Bids for Roof Replacement and Gutters (Residential)

Home of the Sparrow is seeking bids for Roof Replacement and Gutters (Residential). Contractors are invited to submit a proposal. Please see the attached Bid Package document by clicking HERE Sealed mailed or drop off bids from General Contractors and Roofing Contractors will be received for a period of 14 business days to Kristin Miller at Home of the Sparrow, Inc. located at, 4209 W. Shamrock Unit B. McHenry, IL 60050 until 10am local time on May 29, 2023. They will be publicly opened and read aloud on May 30, 2023. If Interested in attending, please email for virtual link. Materials are available on the website for download. It is the responsibility of the bidder to ensure that it has obtained a complete set of the documents that comprise this Bid Package. Bids are to be submitted on forms furnished within this Bid Package and properly executed in accordance with all directions contained in this package. Bids must be submitted in detail to include division tasks and materials to be used. Each bid must be submitted in triplicate. Property is occupied but Available for viewing upon appointment Mon-Fri 8am-3pm This is a federally-funded project. Davis Bacon requirements apply. The right is reserved to reject any and all bids, or to waive technicalities and any informality in any bid.

Home of the Sparrow Headquarters Office Closed for Memorial Day (5/29)

The Home of the Sparrow Headquarters office will be closed for Memorial Day. Monday 5/29. We will reopen on Tuesday, 5/30 per normal operating hours. We thank you for your understanding!

All HOS Thrift Stores Opening at 1pm on Monday, 5/1/23

All Home of the Sparrow Thrift Stores will be opening at 1:00 pm on Monday, May 1st, 2023 for our Volunteer Appreciation Brunch. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank You!

The Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores are closed due to Inclement Weather (2/22)

Due to inclement weather, the Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores are closed today (2/22). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Home of the Sparrow’s 2023 Gala Du Cirque!

Home of the Sparrow is pleased to announce our 36th annual signature celebration, Gala du Cirque, at the San Filippo Estate on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 from 5-10 pm.    Please join us for a night of magic and mystique as we step back in time to a charming carnival set in 19th century era Paris. We will delight your senses with self-guided tours of the Place de la Musique, small group performances with mentalist and close up magician, Nolan Webster, and a beautifully crafted meal. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, raffles, a carousel horse race, a “Heads or Tails” game of chance, wine bottle ring toss and an open bar. This will be a night that you won’t want to miss and will never forget!    Proceeds from the Gala du Cirque will support Home of the Sparrow’s programs which includes a transitional shelter, affordable and subsidized housing units, employment assistance, case management and after care services.  In the fiscal year of 2022, Home of the Sparrow served  over 360 women and children impacted by homelessness and housing insecurity and provided an additional 1600 individuals and families with referrals to community resources. Your attendance at this event will make a world of difference to those in need.   Ticket prices are $225 per person, $425 per couple and $1680 for a table of 8. Black Tie...

Sparrow’s Nest & Community Threads Thrift Stores Close at 3pm (2/16/23)

Due to inclement weather, the Sparrow's Nest & Community Threads Thrift stores are closing at 3pm (2/16/23). The stores will reopen tomorrow per typical operating hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.

HOS’ HQ Office Closing at 1:00pm (2/16/23) due to inclement weather

HOS' HQ Office is Closing at 1:00pm (2/16/23) due to inclement weather. We will reopen per normal operating hours 2/17/23. We apologize for any inconvenience!

HOS HQ Office Closing Early (3:30pm) for All Staff Meeting

The Home of the Sparrow Headquarters office will be closing early, at 3:30pm, for an all staff meeting. The office will reopen per normal operating hours on Wednesday, February 8th 2023. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!

January Volunteer Newsletter is here!

The Home of the Sparrow's Volunteer newsletter for January is here! Read about volunteer opportunities, upcoming events, and more!   You can find this newsletter HERE!

Palatine Sparrow’s Nest Currently CLOSED (2/1/23) due to Water Main Break

Our Palatine Sparrow's Nest location is currently CLOSED (2/1/23) due to a water main break at the shopping center. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sparrow’s Nest & Community Threads Open at Noon (1/31/23) Due to Extreme Cold

The Sparrow's Nest & Community Threads Thrift Stores are opening at 12:00pm today (1/31/23) due to the extreme cold this morning. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Home of the Sparrow Extends “Thank You” to Willow Creek Community Church

Home of the Sparrow’s “Thank You!” to Willow Creek Community Church   McHenry, Ill. (Jan.2023) Home of the Sparrow would like to give a huge thank you to one of our generous partners, Willow Creek Community Church! Willow Creek is a multi-site church that believes in giving back to their community.   Willow Creek gives back directly to Home of the Sparrow clients in a number of ways. Most notably, in McHenry County, would be the Community Resource Days hosted at the Willow Creek location in Crystal Lake, IL. The Community Resource Days event is a completely free event hosted every Friday throughout the year from 10am-2pm. It is a “collaborative community event providing our un-sheltered and those in need extra support with access to a variety of resources.” With over 30 agency partners, the Community Resource Days is a pivotal hub for resources and allows for judgment-free, convenient support from many different industries. Some of these resources include, but are not limited to: hair cuts, laundry services, bike repair, access to an individual shower, food, clothing, a freshly served lunch, and more.    Additionally, Willow Creek provides support to those outside of the Community Resource Days. Through their furniture ministries program, for example, they are able to provide brand new furniture to clients who are transitioning out of homelessness and into individual housing. For Home of the Sparrow, Willow...

Administrative Office: 4209 W Shamrock Ln, Unit B, McHenry, IL 60050    |    Phone: 815-271-5444    |    E-mail:

Administrative Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm, Friday 8:30am-4:00pm, CLOSED Saturday-Sunday and Holidays