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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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Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores & Community Threads Temporary Hours

Good morning Home of the Sparrow Family! Here are our 7 Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores and Community Threads Resale Store's temporary hours for July! For the safety of our employees and volunteers, our stores can no longer accept donations once they are at capacity. Masks must be worn and a limited number of people will be allowed in the stores. Please visit our thrift stores' Facebook pages for the most up-to-date information at each location. (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…)

Home of the Sparrow July 4th Administrative Office and Thrift Store Hours

Happy Independence Weekend! Our Administrative Office will be closed today, July 3rd, 2020 and will open again on Monday, July 6th, 2020. Our 7 Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores and Community Threads will be open today, 10am-5pm, but will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day. Thank you! (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…)

Thank you to United Way of Greater McHenry County and The Community Foundation for McHenry County for supporting Home of the Sparrow through their Community COVID-19 Response Grant!

This #ThankfulThursday we would like to thank United Way of Greater McHenry County and The Community Foundation for McHenry County for supporting Home of the Sparrow through their Community COVID-19 Response Grant! (more…)

Updated McHenry County Pads Emergency Church Shelter Locations.

Updated McHenry County Pads Emergency Church Shelter Locations Updated January 16th, 2020. (more…)

Check out Home of the Sparrow in the NW Herald!

If you would like to learn more about how the pandemic has impacted Home of the Sparrow, please check out our feature in the NW Herald! Home of the Sparrow continues to do what we can to support homeless women and children. Please also join us for our Covid Relief Online Auction in July! (Photo credit: Matthew Apgar, NW Herald) (more…)

Job Openings with Home of the Sparrow!

Home of the Sparrow has a current job openings for a Case Manager, a Rapid Re-housing Case Manager, and a Part-Time Weekend Shelter Staff! 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! (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…)

Home of the Sparrow Vice President of Retail Announces Retirement

Kevin Campbell, Vice President of Retail for Home of the Sparrow (HOS) will be retiring, July 3rd, which will be his last day. We would like to thank Kevin for his nine years of service to the agency. Kevin Campbell started at HOS in 2011 with a significant background in retail. (more…)

Important Event Updates for 2020!

The pandemic has really impacted Home of the Sparrow. All of our thrift stores were closed for 12 weeks, and we’ve been unable to host most of our events, which has been very stressful for our agency since we count on our fundraisers to support our mission. With revenue down, many employees have been furloughed or laid off. Right now, Home of the Sparrow is doing everything possible just to sustain our daily operations and provide needed services to our community. (more…)

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! (more…)
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