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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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HOS Headquarters Office Closing Early for Staff Holiday Party 12/8/22

The HOS HQ Office will be closing early at 12:30 pm on 12/8/22 for our staff holiday party. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!

Home of the Sparrow’s Thanksgiving Hours 2022

Happy Thanksgiving! In observance of Thanksgiving, Home of the Sparrow's Headquarters office will close at 3 p.m. on 11/23/22, and will be closed on 11/24/22  and 11/25/22. The Headquarters office will reopen Monday per usual operating hours.

Holiday Gift Program 2022

Help Homeless women & children in our community this Holiday Season through our Holiday Gift Program which includes Adopt-a-Family and our Holiday Giving Trees which will be located at Home of the Sparrow's 7 Thrift Stores and local community businesses!  (more…)

Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store Closures Due to Holiday Setup 2022

As we are approaching the holidays, the Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores are each taking a day to close their location and begin their holiday setup. The following states which days and times the stores will be closed based on location: Monday, October 10th 2022 - Mundelein - Cary (Opening at 10:00AM) Monday, October 17th 2022 - McHenry - Palatine - Third Lake - Woodstock The Community Threads location, based in Arlington Heights, will not be closing for their holiday setup.   We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your patience as we get our stores ready for this holiday season!

Annual Open Board of Directors Meeting (Open to the Public)! – Thursday, October 27th, 2022

Join the annual open Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday, October 27th, 2022. The arrival time is 7:30am and the meeting will take place from 8:00am-9:30am. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the McHenry County Mental Health Board at 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL. RSVP IS REQUIRED IF ATTENDING IN PERSON! Please contact Kristen at (815)-271-5444 to RSVP no later than October 14th, 2022.   Join us by Zoom Meeting: Join us by Phone (Dial In): 1(929)-436-2866   Meeting ID: 949 7177 1135

Grand Re-Opening Palatine Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store – August 1st, 2022

The Palatine Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store and Donation Center officially re-opens on Monday, August 1, 2022. The store is located at: 275 E. Northwest Highway in Palatine, Il. The Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store and Donation Center will be hosting a Grand opening celebration on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from10am-5pm.  Come see the newly renovated store, stop in early and receive your Free Gift – gifts will be given to the first 100 people, and every purchase qualifies you an entry into the raffle to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet the drawing will be held on August 31 st in the store. So, shop often to get your name entered. A ribbon cutting will be held by the Palatine Chamber on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Noon. Home of the Sparrow staff, chamber officials and Mayor Schwantz will be there to cut the ribbon, Stop by and see us! (more…)

Volunteers needed for McHenry County Fair, August 2-7, 2022! For each volunteer shift you sign up for, $10 will be donated to Home of the Sparrow!

Home of the Sparrow needs your help! We are seeking shift volunteers to help take and sell tickets at the McHenry County Fair throughout August 2nd to August 7th, 2022! For every hour that you volunteer, $10 will be donated to Home of the Sparrow to help the women and children in our shelter and programs. Get FREE ENTRY on the days that you volunteer! (more…)

Home of the Sparrow’s MAY+JUNE Newsletter is out now!

Read it at to learn more about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, community highlights, job openings and more! (more…)

July 4th, 2022 Holiday Closure – Home of the Sparrow Administrative Office, Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores, and Community Threads

In observance of Independence Day on July 4th, 2022, Home of the Sparrow's Administrative Office in McHenry, all Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores, and Community Threads will be CLOSED. We hope you have a great holiday! (more…)

Home of the Sparrow Annual Oktoberfest Golf Outing on September 12, 2022 at Bull Valley Golf Club

Raise life-changing funds for women and children who are experiencing homelessness.   Registration is ALL-INCLUSIVE and includes a round of golf with cart on a top-ranked golf course, fun contests, grilled lunch, free beer, heavy appetizers after golfing, and swag items. Winning foursome takes home Traveling Trophy for the year!   Don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win a Yeti Rolling Cooler, Solo Stove or brand new Patio Set, OR join in on the fun of the Super Raffle for a chance to win $3,000, $500 or $250. Drawing will be held in person and on Facebook Live the day of the event. You do not need to be present to win.   To purchase event tickets, Super Raffle Tickets, and raffle tickets for the 3 baskets, please create a FREE OneCause Account HERE and then proceed with registration, or CLICK HERE for additional event details.   Questions? Contact Allyson Gluth at or 815-271-5444 Ext. 224

Job Openings with Home of the Sparrow!

Home of the Sparrow is hiring! Join our team and make a difference in your community! Events Coordinator, Grants Writer, Shift Managers (at the Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores McHenry & Cary), Receiving Stockroom Clerk (at Mundelein Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores), and Movers. (more…)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Home of the Sparrow’s Upcoming Events in 2022!

Mark your calendars and plan to join Home of the Sparrow at their upcoming events in 2022! (more…)

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