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HOME OF THE SPARROW INC

Hope, Opportunity and Support

aka Home of the Sparrow, Inc.   |   Woodstock, IL   |  https://www.hosparrow.org/

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Mission

To reduce the prevalence of homelessness among women, children, families, and individuals through creative strategies and community partnerships that result in lasting self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Mr. Matthew Kostecki

Main address

1991 Duncan Place

Woodstock, IL 60098 USA

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EIN

36-3494491

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Home of the Sparrow addresses homelessness and housing insecurity for women and their children in northern Illinois. HOS addresses this issue through a comprehensive array of programs that combine appropriate levels of rental assistance, subsidized housing, and/or transitional shelter with comprehensive case management. Through its programs, HOS seeks to quickly and efficiently house homeless households in appropriate care settings, provide case management to build self-sufficiency, increase clients' abilities to obtain and maintain permanent housing, and reduce returns to homelessness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transitional Housing Program

The program goals and objectives of HOS specifically focus on individuals and families who are homeless and participate in our program. Every facet of HOS' program is designed to foster independence and teach life skills to help break the cycle that perpetuates homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Home of the Sparrow provides affordable housing for homeless women and children. This housing allows lower income women to achieve permanent housing at below market rates. Supportive services are also available with this housing program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Rapid rehousing is a new and innovative program that Home of the Sparrow is introducing for homeless women and children. This program allows homeless women and children to be placed in permanent housing quickly through the use of client assistance and supportive services.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

A proactive program to advocate for women and children as they seek support. The level of support can be minimal or large depending on the need of the people served.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Adults

Gaining better employment and furthering one’s education are key components to establishing self sufficiency. Home of the Sparrow’s experienced Employment Specialists work with Home of the Sparrow clients with exploring and reaching educational and employment goals. Clients can work with the Employment Specialist to get additional support with updating resumes, completing cover letters, employment search assistance, career planning goals, as well as linkage to educational programs such as GED and employment certifications.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of referrals to resources offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Outreach and Prevention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

HOS's goals, in alignment with its mission, are to help clients obtain and maintain permanent housing and increase self-sufficiency. Annually, between 400 - 700 individuals receive housing and outreach services from the agency, and HOS responds to more than 1,600 calls for assistance. HOS connects clients with the skills, resources, and community networks of care required to live independently, and helps build clients' efficacy and improve mental health toward achieving positive housing and personal outcomes.

HOS utilizes a variety of housing programs - with varied levels of support - combined with wraparound services to help clients obtain permanent housing and self-sufficiency. HOS meets clients wherever they are on their journey out of homelessness, pairing individualized treatment and case management with appropriate levels of housing independence to increase the likelihood of sustained success. HOS employs a number of evidence-based methods and industry best practices - most notably, a trauma-informed care approach - to maximize program impact. HOS is a strong community partner and maintains several strategic service partnerships that are nonduplicative and ensure clients build networks of care that last beyond their time in HOS care.

HOS maintains the following housing and Shelter programs:
1) Transitional Shelter - capable of serving up to 35 clients per night (depending on family size and composition). Clients have 24/7 access to case managers and build life skills and financial resources in a safe setting. Clients stay an average of 4.5 - 6.0 months;
2) Subsidized Apartments - three units for Shelter graduates in need of additional time to build financial resources to obtain permanent housing;
3) Affordable Housing - 25 scattered-site units in which clients pay reasonable (no more than 30% monthly income) rents while building skills and resources for independent living;
4) Rapid Rehousing - several HUD-funded programs that provide short- to medium-term rental assistance and case management while clients reside in community-based housing. This program includes a specialized program for victims/survivors of domestic violence (DV);
5) Transitional Shelter-Rapid Rehousing - a hybrid program that allows Shelter clients appropriate for community-based housing to quickly transition from Shelter to community-based housing with rental support and case management.

Additionally, HOS maintains several initiatives aimed at reducing homelessness and housing insecurity including an Emergency Utility & Rental Assistance Program Community Navigator, Supported Employment Program (providing trauma-informed employment assistance and training), and Intake initiatives.

HOS staff are trained in trauma-informed approaches to care that prioritize client strengths and tailor solutions to meet each client's unique needs.

In fiscal year 2020 (ending June 30, 2020), HOS achieved the following service outcomes:

The Transitional Shelter served 80 individuals
The Subsidized Apartment Program served 9 individuals
The Rapid Rehousing Program served 59 individuals
The Affordable Housing Program served 89 individuals
The Transitional Shelter-Rapid Rehousing program served 21 individuals
The Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program served 23 individuals
The Outreach & Prevention Program served 56 individuals
Aftercare served 15 individuals
An additional 157 clients received Intake assessments and case management
1400+ calls were answered with referrals, information, and/or vouchers for Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HOME OF THE SPARROW INC

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Koenig

Koenig Consulting Services

Term: 2021 - 2024

Brian Silver

Fluid Technology Solutions

John Eiermann

Thrivent Financial

Dean Karamagianis

Jewish Child & Family Services

Barbara Webb

Allstate Insurance Company; Retired

Chris Christensen

Neis Insurance Agency, Inc.

Johnathan Fox

Kelleher & Holland, LLC

Jim Thorpe

Wintrust Community Bank

Ann Rosenbaum

Wells Fargo Advisors

Kelli Wegener

McHenry County Board, District 3

Peggy De Vorse

Realtor; Retired

Sarah Crittenden

ProKatchers, LLC.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/25/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/18/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.