Saret June Appeal: What Do People Do If They Find Themselves in a Serious Road Accident or a Health Crisis?

I would like you to visualize what would happen in your particular situation. Some of us have savings or a working spouse earning enough to cover emergency expenses, but many do not. Each month, I have to speak to people who are suddenly unable to cover their financial needs. They are anxious, depressed, confused, and want to believe that there is help out there.

Saret Charitable Fund is effectively, the only organization in DuPage County supporting people with health crises, so the burden put on our shoulders is monumental. Each month, I ask myself how much longer can I keep begging for aid?  How many people can continue to support the aid programs we are currently providing?

It is only a handful of people who keep this charity going with their kindness and generosity. I am sharing with you some of what their donations did to aid families over the past three months. Without these angels, I know for a fact, a number of families would become homeless.

In March, we helped thirty-one families who were in the disability fund category. We helped three additional families through the general aid fund. Specifically, five homeless families received assistance with lodging, and of those, one family is now fully self-sufficient. The others suffer from chronic health conditions and face monthly challenges meeting their housing needs. We also provided eight families with temporary rent subsidies, assisted with several auto repairs and utility bills, distributed a number of gas cards, and helped several families move. One move was a sixty-two-year-old woman on disability and the other was a single mom with an eight-month-old baby who was evicted by her landlord.

In April, with a smaller budget, we were able to help only fourteen families. Two of those families received donated autos. One was provided by a Saret donor and the other was from a local church. Four of our donors volunteered to raise the money needed for necessary repairs. In addition, there were a number of temporary rent subsidies, emergency assistance for a family whose mother was hospitalized, and a week of housing for a homeless woman suffering with the flu.

In May, we were able to increase the number of families helped to twenty-six. The disability fund provided twelve rent subsidies, and coverage for several utility expenses including the prevention of an electric service disconnect. The general fund provided food, gas, and shelter to two separate homeless women and a young mother.

Saret has over twenty-six families lined up for assistance in June. Our current budget is not going to allow us to cover that many. In many cases, disability is the root cause of a family being in dire need. Because of disability, many families don’t qualify for aid from other local organizations. In addition, many don’t meet federal guidelines. In those cases, they are referred to us. We, in turn, don’t receive grants so we rely on your generosity.

Please make a donation here on our website.

Thank you,

Chana Bernstein, President


Our organization was started in 1985 in Glen Ellyn, IL in response to witnessing a growing number of single mothers without job training or income, minimal state aid programs, and the influx of refugees from war-torn countries. We serve 400-500 families a year.

SARET Charitable Fund in Glen Ellyn provides emergency transportation, emergency housing, and emergency financial assistance.

Our Barbara Brent disability fund is growing and needs more financial support for rents, utilities, and transportation for clients faced with medical crisis such as cancer and injuries.

If you or someone you know needs our assistance, please click on the link below, download, print, and fill out the SARET Intake Form. Return it either by mail or email to one of the addresses posted at the bottom of this page.


Reach Out

Work with members in your community and make a difference 

  • Join "Adopt a Family" where your monthly pledge/contribution supports one family in particular, over a designated period required to help a them recuperate from a medical or employment loss crisis.
  • Host a gathering at your home with a SARET speaker and a sampling of SARET jewelry made by clients, which will provide them with ongoing income.
  • Check our website periodically for events and fundraisers.
  • Order the CD, "Songs from the Heart" for a contribution of $10.00.
  • Adopt a family each holiday season for either Thanksgiving and/or Christmas and help with food or gifts.
  • Donate you old vehicle.
  • Don't ever let apathy take over your life. He who saves a life, saves the whole world.

Glen Ellyn nonprofit's earring program aids women in need

Published: Friday, June 19, 2015 11:02 a.m. CST

mysuburbanlife By MATT LA LUZ -

GLEN ELLYN – For most women, earrings are simply an accessory. For some area women, however, earrings could improve their life.

That is the mission of SARET Charitable Fund, a Glen Ellyn-based nonprofit, which started the Earrings for Housing – Earrings for Hope initiative. The program seeks to help women who are low-income, have a disability or are homeless make money by creating and selling jewelry.

"Our goal is to get the word out everywhere. We want people to really show their concern for women who are disabled and low-income," President Chana Bernstein said.

The organization launched the initiative last month at a pre-Mother's Day celebration.

Bernstein has had to adjust her methods over the years. She began with her own store, SARET Treasures of Hope, which closed in 2012 after two years of business.

This project is a simplified fundraising program, which will replace the store.

Bernstein has not been deterred by economic downturn, and is hopeful to continue to help those in need through the sale of earrings. She also said the work is empowering for the women creating the pieces.

“Their pride is rebuilt because a lot of my clients are so depressed because they've been in this poverty state for months and years,” Bernstein said.

For each pair of earrings sold, the women profit $2 for small pairs and $4 for large pairs.

Smaller earrings sell for $10 per pair, and larger earrings are $20.

“I would like to at least make $1,000 a month or more,” Bernstein said. “We need to get more people involved to get it going.”

The program also provides 25 to 30 percent of the sales to groups willing to sell jewelry at their events or establishments.

AK Diamond Gallery, 678 Roosevelt Road, has two displays of the earrings available for purchase.

“I want women that have money to help the women that don't," Bernstein said.

Currently, SARET receives $2,000 in guaranteed donations per month from consistent donors.

Bernstein hopes women throughout the community can help the project by hosting jewelry parties, and that churches and other organizations will provide a platform for her mission.

One of the women who has been helped by SARET, Tamara Muhauski, has started making earrings for the program.

Muhauski was left with very little after leaving an abusive relationship and sought out Bernstein to help her get back on her feet.

"Chana has put strength into me where I don't have to go back to being abused," Muhauski said. “She's given me hope that I can move on.”

How to help

To contact SARET about hosting a jewelry party or otherwise contributing to the earring program, call 630-842-8876 or email