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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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.  

Important Updates about Home of the Sparrow’s Postponed Events

After careful consideration, Home of the Sparrow has decided to also postpone our Hope Benefit Online Auction to a later date. We appreciate the community's help and continuous support through these hard times. Our Annual Hope for Homeless Benefit remains scheduled for Friday, October 2, 2020 and the Celebration of Women Luncheon will now be Friday, August 28, 2020. Please visit for more information. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call us at 815-271-5444. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

Important Updates About Our Services, Thrift Stores, and COVID-19

In response to the request to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, Home of the Sparrow is fully equipped to answer any questions you may have. Additionally, we have postponed all events that were scheduled for April and May to the fall. (more…)

Thank you to My Sister’s Dress for raising over $5,500 to support Home of the Sparrow!

This past Saturday, My Sister's Dress held their annual dress sale and had a great turnout! My Sister's Dress raised over $5,500 to support Home of the Sparrow's homeless women and children! (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…)

March 2020 Sparrow’s Link Volunteer e-Newsletter

Thank you for volunteering with us through our Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores, at our shelter, headquarters, event committees, Ambassador Program, and various group projects at our housing units. We appreciate your time, passion, and dedication! Click the link below to read the full Volunteer e-newsletter! (more…)

#ThankfulThursday: Stuffed Monkeys for the Children at our McHenry Shelter!

It's time for this week's #ThankfulThursday! Thank you to the members of the Keith Urban fan club for their special donation to the children at our shelter! For 14 years, members of Keith Urban's fan club have delivered thousands of monkeys to children who are sick, hospitalized, or underprivileged in the U.S., Canada and Australia. (more…)

Home of the Sparrow’s New Employment Program for Residents

This #ThankfulThursday, we'd like to give thanks to Northwestern Medicine for their grant of $10,000 and to an anonymous donor who has generously supported and funded our new employment program! Read more below! (more…)
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