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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 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...

Celebration of Women Luncheon: “Laugh Yourself Silly” with Kelly Swanson

Home of the Sparrow’s Celebration of Women Luncheon: “Laugh Yourself Silly” with Kelly Swanson   Home of the Sparrow is hosting its annual Celebration of Women Luncheon on March 10th, 2023. McHenry, Ill. (Jan.2023) The Home of the Sparrow is hosting their annual Celebration of Women Luncheon: “Laugh Yourself Silly” with Kelly Swanson on March 10th, 2023 at Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills, IL.   Early bird registration opens on January 10th, 2023. Early Bird ticket pricing is $50 for an individual or $395 for a table of eight. This pricing special continues through the end of the January. February through March 2nd, standard registration price will come into effect. Standard registration for this event is $55 for an individual and $425 for a table of eight. A “VIP” ticket package is also available. This package includes entry to the event, 2 raffle tickets, and a drink ticket and will be priced at $80 for an individual. This event includes a plated lunch served alongside appetizers and a cash bar serving signature cocktails. A raffle, silent auction, and other activities will also be featured. National Speakers Association Hall of Fame comedian and motivational speaker, Kelly Swanson, will be the keynote speaker of the event.    Raffle tickets are available for purchase online before and at the event. Purchase your ticket for $25 for a chance to...

HOS Headquarters Office Closing early on 12/30/22

Happy New Year! The HOS HQ Office will be closing early on 12/30/22 at 3pm and will reopen Tuesday, 1/3/23 per typical operating hours. Thank you!

Home of the Sparrow Headquarters and Thrift Store Winter Holiday Hours 2022

Due to a winter storm with high winds, below freezing wind chill temperatures, and blowing snow, Home of the Sparrow's Administrative Offices and our Sparrow's Nest and Community Threads  Retail locations have adjusted hours. Headquarters: Closing Thursday, 12/22/22 at 2PM and reopening per normal operating hours Tuesday, 12/27/22. All Retail Locations: Thursday, 12/22: Closing early at 2PM due to weather Friday, 12/23: Closed due to weather Saturday, 12/24: Closed Sunday, 12/25: Closed Monday, 12/26: Closed in observance of the Holiday Thank you for understanding!

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!

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…)

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