aka Home of the Sparrow, Inc.   |   McHenry, IL   |  www.hosparrow.org


To provide Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children, as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Mr. Matthew Kostecki

Main address

4209 W. Shamrock Ln., Unit B

McHenry, IL 60050 USA

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NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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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

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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

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
Women and girls
Children and youth

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
Women and girls
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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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 1,400 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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    HOS serves homeless and imminently homeless women (single, pregnant, and/or accompanied by children), their children, and family members.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?


  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    HOS maintains a client-centered approach to care, programming, and services. HOS utilizes strengths-based and evidence-based practices that give clients as much agency over their treatment decisions as is possible.

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,



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Board of directors
as of 07/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joel Zarnstorff

Diana Passarelli

Brian Silver

Peggy Klingenberg

Kerry Smith

John Eiermann

Dean Karamagianis

Board leadership practices

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  • 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

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/29/2019

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  • 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 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.