Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation
A warm and welcoming spiritual home to thinkers, doers
and all citizens seeking a deep understanding of the good.
"Growing our Spirit
Nurturing our Environment"
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Home of the Sparrow
Home of the Sparrow’s mission is to provide Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
Home of the Sparrow opened its doors as a registered 501(c)3 non-profit homeless shelter in 1987. Today, Home of the Sparrow not only provides Transitional Shelter, but also Affordable Housing and Rapid Re-Housing combined with Supportive Services that address the core issues of homelessness.
Home of the Sparrow serves single women, pregnant women and women with children. Approximately 93 percent of the women we serve have experienced domestic violence at some point on their journey. Other reasons for homelessness include unforeseen housing or financial crisis, a death in the family, or a medical emergency. The economy and rising cost of living contribute to unstable housing situations.
On average, Home of the Sparrow receives over 1,700+ calls a year from women in crisis. This past fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, we served over 378 individuals!
There are several ways to contribute:
By check: Please write "Split" or "HoS" in the Memo line of your check. (A split donation means half to PCUUC and half to Home of the Sparrow.)
Mail checks to: PCUUC
P.O. Box 858
Grayslake, IL 60030
Be sure to use the drop-down menus to select the fund(s) you wish to support and the payment method (credit/debit card or ACH transfer).
Give by text:
847-999-7060 and enter the amount you'd like
to give. Your donation will automatically be
split between PCUUC and Home of the Sparrow.
"Lessons for Future Ancestors"
9:00am on Zoom
"Let us measure success by how many of us can say: I am living a life I don’t regret. A life that will resonate with my ancestors" -adrienne maree brown
Join us for a reflection of heavy suitcases, surprise turning points, and attending to the complexity of our times with love and resilience.
Matt Meyer (he/him) is a musician and worship leader who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree in hand drumming and serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston.
Click here for information about upcoming services.
Here's how SJC organizations have benefited from
your Shared Plate donations in the past year:
Liberty Prairie Foundation (March/April 2022) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $458.19
Midwest Veterans Closet (May/June 2022) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $649.06
Round Lake Elementary District 116 (July/August 2022) . . . . . . . . . $941.47
Northern Illinois Food Bank (September/October 2022). . . . . . . . . . $609.11
Midwest Veterans Closet (November 2022) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $268.85
PADS Lake County (December 2022) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $440.75
Northern Illinois Food Bank (January/February 2023) . . . . . . . . . . . $708.75
Home of the Sparrow (March/April 2023)
PCUUC Statement in Response to the Black Lives Matter Movement
As people of faith dedicated to justice and liberation, we stand in grief, outrage, and solidarity with those who are protesting the use of excessive force by the police, which has resulted in the deaths of far too many people from Native, Black, Latinx and other marginalized groups in the United States. Our stance is based on the Unitarian Universalist Principles that serve us as moral guides, specifically the 1st Principle, “The inherent worth and dignity of every person,” 2nd Principle, “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations,” and 6th Principle, “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.”
Further, we recognize our individual and collective responsibility to name the ways anti-Blackness and white supremacy show up in our families, work environments, social networks, and communities, and in the local, national, and transnational systems and institutions in which we participate, including in our own Unitarian Universalist denomination and our church community. We are committed to working in consultation with Black churches and Black-led organizations to bring our UU principles into meaningful action, and in doing so to fight for an end to systemic racism.
Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) and the PCUUC Board
ARWG Report 2/3/21