Check out the Food Shed Co-op! A community-owned grocery store coming soon to McHenry County!

Happy Friday! Please check out the Food Shed Co-op’s website at The Food Shed will be a community-owned grocery store coming soon to McHenry County! Their mission is to build a local food cooperative promoting a healthy, ethical and resilient community!

A Tribute to Joy Martin

We are sad to share the news that Joy Martin passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021. Joy was a founding member of Home of the Sparrow, and she was instrumental in making Home of the Sparrow a reality. Joy had a heart of gold and wanted to give others the chance for a better

Faces of Homelessness – Camilla’s Story of Hope

During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Camilla worked long shifts at a fast food restaurant earning minimum wage. She was unable to afford food, child care, and stable housing for herself and her 6 month old daughter. Struggling to make ends meet and with no close family in town, Camilla suffered from depression and

Home of the Sparrow Celebrates 34 Years of Service!

Home of the Sparrow (HOS) opened its doors to their first shelter on December 15, 1986 and was incorporated on February 17, 1987. This was the first shelter for homeless women and children in McHenry County, called the McHenry County Interfaith Shelter, opened to a family – a single mother and her children.

Gail’s Family Treasures’ “Pay it Forward” Partnership

If you donate to a worthy cause, including Home of the Sparrow, Gail’s Family Treasures will donate a painting to YOU!

Spring Cleaning? The Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store in McHenry is in need of donations!