About the Temple

Sarah’s Circle – Women’s Shelter

Founded in the 1970s, Sarah’s Circle provides interim housing with 50 beds and 24-hour shelter in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. They provide daily essentials, community space, educational and general interest programming, case management and clinical services. Sarah’s Circle works with the women to help them find permanent housing. They also have a 22-unit permanent supportive housing program that helps the most vulnerable women end their homelessness.

MBT’s Sangha has started various efforts to support the work of Sarah’s Circle:

  • During the winter we collect and donate warm clothing, scarves, hats and gloves.
  • All year around we have a collection bin located in the Social Hall with lists of toiletries and other items that are currently in high demand or items to be replenished regularly. Items in most need include backpacks, CTA Ventra cards, yarn and small umbrellas.
  • We meet once a month to make sandwich bags to give to Sarah’s Circle as well as other needy individuals around the city.
  • In April, MBT members gather to make and serve a hot meal at Sarah’s Cirle. During these lunches our members engage in conversations with the residents – it is this sense of giving (Dana) of our time and energy that is so important.

These endeavors are paid for by our planned events: the Hawaiian Party in May, Used Book Sale in June, Yard Sale in September, Bake Sales and other fundraisers to be scheduled. Your support of any of these activities help fund our efforts for Sarah’s Circle. If you would like to volunteer, donate money or needed items please contact the office (312 943 7801 or office@mbtchicago.org) or talk to Joy Zavala.