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Help HOS while shopping on Amazon!

It is Day 2 of Amazon Prime Day!! As you shop for amazing deals, please remember to pick Home of the Sparrow as your charity of choice through Amazon Smile! Visit and choose Home of the Sparrow as your charity of choice! Amazon donates directly back to Home of the Sparrow!  You can shop using Amazon Smile any time of the year. You shop, Amazon gives! Every little bit counts   

Closed for the 4th of July

Home of the Sparrow's headquarter office and all Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store locations will be closed tomorrow, July 4th, in observation of the holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, July 5th. We wish you a wonderful 4th of July!

Volunteers Needed at 50th Annual Fair Diddley Woodstock Square— Sunday May 20, 2018

Fair Diddley is a juried arts and crafts show on the Woodstock Square with over 300 skilled artisans,  crafters, and food vendors.  It is sponsored by the Mental Health Resource League (MHRL) and the funds raised provide financial aid to mental health  related agencies in McHenry County, including HOS.  Providing volunteers for Fair Diddley keeps Home of the Sparrow in the running for MHRL Grant Funding, which provide programs and services for residents facing mental health issues.  You can help Home of the Sparrow by signing up to volunteer.  The more volunteers we have the better.   Volunteers help in various areas including check-in, bakery sales, raffle ticket sales, shopping bag sales, plant sales, publicity and traffic control, and get free entrance into the fair. Sign up online to volunteer! The MHRL has created an online sign up through This online site will allow volunteers to sign up for any time slot AND any position that you prefer!    When you sign up, please indicate that you are a volunteer from Home of the Sparrow. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Kolarczyk at or 815-271-5444 x260.

Press Release – Community Threads

Home of the Sparrow is proud to announce that Community Threads Thrift Store will now be managed by Home of the Sparrow. Community Threads is a nonprofit resale store located at 250 West Rand Road in Arlington Heights. Please click HERE to read this exciting news!!!    


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