In order to make a lasting difference within the organization the group has tried to create partnerships with other organizations that Sarah’s Circle can utilize in the future.We found that most of the programs that professionals and other reports suggest providing are already available at Sarah’s Circle such as a program on trauma.
There are 7 different categories including: Hotels, Religious Organizations, Grants, Department Stores, Dentists offices and Educational programs which will help create more educational opportunities for the clients. The final category is listed as other which includes anything from Clean the world foundation to Proctor and Gamble.
We had first thought religious organizations were going to be the most helpfulClean the world foundation sanitizes soaps and sends to 3rd world countriesWe’ve seen a good amount of contributions from the Loyola communityWhether people and organizations helped or not – the word is still being spread about SC: positive outcome
Background/ context-Chi Homelessness since the 1980s has been a dominant phenomenon that has caused several individuals to be displaced, unsheltered and in need for the basic necessities of life. Studies have shown that women are the fastest growing group of homeless people in the Americas In effect there is a need for a proper support and advocacy system
Causes and Dangers Domestic violence Rape Financial hardships Abuse (physical, emotional, etc) Lack of affordable housingIn order to address this issue Sarahs circle combines community action with outside partnerships and alliances to address the immediate needs of the women. Therefore in order to create a safe space for these women and empower them, the community partner plays an important role in supplying the outside resources, and funding needed to carry out the programs. Popular items are toiletries, clothing, feminine products etc.
Brief facts about Sarah’s circle Created in 1979 Formally known as Harper House Located in the Chicago institute for cultural affairs in Uptown Chicago Offer a range of Physical Services, Permanent supportive housing, case management services, clinical services, and community space.
Research Questions-Chi Discover how we can use this project to make a lasting impact on the organization, the people, and the community as a whole? Also we need to figure out the impact our research will have on the service organization? Our aim is to make a positive difference. More importantly we need to also figure out and determine a way to effectively communicate with organizations and businesses to create lasting partnerships with Sarah’s Circle, which will be beneficial to both clients?
Unexpected Pattern Religious Organizations Biggest Trend: can’t help everyone! Already agreed to partner with organizations Reached seasonal quota Loyola community Toiletry and Clothing Drive Creating new Club/Partnering with others Reach out before the holiday season! Spread the word: Positive outcome
Data Seven spreadsheets total Six categories for potential donations: hotels, religious organizations, department stores, dentist offices, grants and other organizations One category for educational programs
Example of Data Potential Hotels For Community Donations Location( NeighborhooName of Hotel d) Address Phone number Willing to donate? 909 North Michigan Avenue (between Yes<-- Claudia Delaware Pl & Smith & Laura Near North Walton St) Kane.The Westin Michigan Side/ Chicago, IL claudia.smith@westAvenue Streeterville 60611 (312) 943-7200 in.com Unable to donate toilitries at the 230 N Michigan moment, but can Ave help with (between Lake St fundraising efforts. & Wacker Pl) Onya Chesser. Chicago, IL ochesser@hardrock
Results & Findings Hotels 56 Contacted. One official partnership & one hotel willing to help with fundraising efforts Most hotels prefer requests in writing as opposed to phone calls for tax purposes Obstacles: Some hotels gave us invalid e-mail addresses to contact or take a long time to respond to letters Religious Organizations 12 Contacted. One official partnership Mostly “maybe” answers due to unanswered calls or the uncertainty of starting a collection.
Results & Findings Cont. Department Stores Two contacted; no potential partnerships as of this moment Seemed more willing to help out since a group member went and spoke with them in person Dentist Offices One contacted; one willing to donate A group member asked their own dentist and she was interested in the cause Other Organizations Eight contacted; two official partnerships Obstacles: Mostly paper or online applications, so it takes awhile to respond Some organizations only donate to affiliates , had to read fine print of website
Results & Findings Cont. Grants Unable to contact due to time constraints A list of recommended organizations that can hopefully benefit Sarah’s Circle in the future Educational Programs Unable to contact due to time constraints A list of topics that affect homeless women greatly( suggested by community partner) due to the lack of feedback on educational programs by women Did find that women would enjoy more recreational activities
What We Learned Harder to obtain donations than we expected Easy to obtain personal donations from friends or family as well as through the Loyola community Some organizations do not place a great deal of emphasis on helping non-profits or take on more than they can handle
Implications Only 5% of those we contacted are willing to help. Why? The Earlier the Better. “We need the same type of assistance.” Larger Corps only offer assistance to organizations in the community of their headquarters. Or they give to orgs on a National (NOT Local) Level. Current State of the Economy Willing Not No Reply Tourism is down. Church attendance is down.
Suggestions For Further Research Whole Foods Offers two programs to Local organization: o One Dime at a Time • Donates 10 cents each time a customer brings one bag back to the store. o Community 5% Days • The store donates 5% of its revenues on a designated day. Possiblepartnership could be beneficial, especially with Fruits and Veggies Project.
Suggestions for Further Research Cont. Overall the women are satisfied with the programs… However, more interactive programs are requested. Future possible programs: o Physical Fitness • Kickboxing • Zumba • Yoga → Improve physical and mental health → Build self esteem → Increase social and team building activities Journal and/or Poetry Writing • Increase creativity and individuality • Build social skills • Helps written and verbal communication skills.
Conclusion Women are the fastest growing group of homeless individuals in the United States. Sarah’s Circle helps the women rebuild themselves physically and emotionally. Our initial strategy was to contact religious organization and hotels. • We reformed our initial strategy Too much to accomplish in just one semester. Reaching out and/or implementing the physical programs, educational wellness and corporations will see a positive response.