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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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Holiday Giving Trees at Home of the Sparrow, Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores, Community Threads, & in the Community

Home of the Sparrow's Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores, Community Threads, and local businesses will have festive Holiday Giving Trees set up in Mid-October. The trees will have paper ornaments with items from our Shelter Needs Wish List. Please feel free take as many ornaments as you'd like, then return items back to the store of which it was taken from by December 30th, 2020. All items should be returned unwrapped and in its original packaging.

Home of the Sparrow’s Holiday Gift Program 2020

Home of the Sparrow's Holiday Gift Programs offers three great ways for individuals, groups, and businesses to give back to homeless women and children this holiday season! If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Kolarczyk, Events & Volunteer Program Manager, at (815)271-5444 x224 or Thank you!

Home of the Sparrow has Important Updates in our October Newsletter! Click here to read more!

Visit to read more about Home of the Sparrow's Algonquin Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store Closure, GoFundMe, Holiday Gift Program and Holiday Giving Trees, Volunteering, and 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…)

Donate to Home of the Sparrow’s GoFundMe Campaign Today! Help Sustain our Shelter, Housing and Services for Homeless Women and Children!

CLICK HERE to Donate to Home of the Sparrow's GoFundMe Campaign Today! Home of the Sparrow has been serving Homeless women and children since 1987 – For over 34 years the organization has helped thousands of families achieve a better future. As with many non-profit organizations Home of the Sparrow relies on grants, donations, revenue from events and revenue from our eight Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores and Donation Centers and Community Threads Resale Store. (more…)

Updated McHenry County Pads Emergency Church Shelter Locations.

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

Job Openings at Home of the Sparrow!

Home of the Sparrow has current job openings for a Part-Time Weekend Shelter Staff! If you are interested in learning more or applying, please visit, 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!

It’s Amazon Prime Day! Shop AmazonSmile to support Home of the Sparrow!

Shop to support Home of the Sparrow! Just sign in as usual, select Home of the Sparrow as your charity of choice, and shop!

Thank You to Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church for Volunteering Your Time!

For today's #ThankfulThursday highlight, Home of the Sparrow would like to thank a wonderful group of women from Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley, for spending an afternoon making over 700 ornaments for Home of the Sparrow's Holiday Giving Trees at our seven thrift stores. Each ornament represents an item of need from our shelter wish list. We are so grateful to these ladies for giving of their time and making a difference! Thank you!

Press Release – Home of the Sparrow Does Not Renew Lease on Algonquin Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store & Donation Center

Home of the Sparrow will be closing its Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store and Donation Center located at: 781 S. Randall Rd.  Algonquin, IL. effective October 31st.  The decision was made not to renew the lease thus closing the store. For the past seven years, the store had to overcome many obstacles such as road construction on Randall Road, lack of parking for shoppers and donors and the ease of entry to the location, and more recently COVID-19 these were all factors in the decision. (more…)

You’re Invited to Home of the Sparrow’s 2020 Annual Open Board Public/Zoom Meeting!

Please join us for Home of the Sparrow's 2020 Annual Open Board Public/Zoom Meeting on October, 29th, 2020 from 7:30am-9:30am. It will take place at the County Mental Health Board at 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Please RSVP by October 22nd, 2020 to Kristen Tenore at Join with Google Meet:

Check out Home of the Sparrow’s September Newsletter, The Song!

Check out our September Newsletter, The Song, for the latest news on Home of the Sparrow, Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores, and Community Threads! To read the full newsletter, please CLICK HERE!
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