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Debbie DeGraw, Vice President of Marketing and Development, organizes some donated items collected on a table at Home of the Sparrow on Monday, June 22, 2020 in McHenry. The transitional housing shelter is currently experiencing severe financial hardship since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet social distance precautions, the shelter is currently housing only one third of its normal capacity, a large majority of whom are domestic abuse survivors, while other clients are placed with family members or using county-issued motel vouchers. Their eight area thrift stores had been closed for months as well, but have recently reopened during Phase 3. The annual gala event, a primary source of annual funds, was canceled this year and donated items which would have been auctioned off at the event will be available during a special online auction beginning July 13 and lasting until July 23. Over 180 McHenry County businesses and individuals have donated over 270 items to be combined into over 80 themed baskets available for the auction on their website, www.hosparrow.org. The domestic abuse shelter is also in desperate need of volunteers. Their operations usually have around 1,000 volunteers, but most of them are among the at-risk age group and are unavailable to tend to community donations within the organizations' thrift shops. Another annual fundraising event, their annual golf outing, is tentatively set for Sep. 14 at Bull Valley Golf Club and attendees can register on the Home of the Sparrow website.