Mama’s voice like a thick red ribbon
s t r e t c h e s across the room
and i pretend not to hear
choking on my laughter
my naked feet beat out bare percussion
on the tile
surrounded by the faint applause of beads
jumping and falling
arranged as balanced as a christmas tree
racing and running to nowhere
pursued by nothing but the dull tickle of
and once again i hear the call
like the full sure ring of a church bell
cautiously i approach
as humble as an unsuccessful beggar
with most of the hilarity locked deep in my closet
mama she’s movin’ like a woman with too much
heavy change in her pockets
pickin’ up the baby
wrapped up tight
so he won’t get away
Join us for Indie In The Windy City on Saturday, May 5th at 920 W. Wilson Avenue in Chicago. Crafts, art and special treats will be available. The doors open at 10am. And 20% of all the earnings will be donated to Cornerstone Community Outreach! We hope to see you there!
We want to say a big Thank You to Matthew and Eden our most recent CCO donors! The boys had a blue kool-aid sale and raised $3 in change. This money could partially pay for a transit ride to an important appointment or towards food for some of our homeless residents. Thanks guys! The blue lips look great on you!
The Living News: Shelter performed in the CCO dining room yesterday. It was an amazing night. We are grateful to Lisa DiFranza and the entire acting ensemble for an excellent event!
Some of our numbers for this month (April):
– we helped 7 people get their birth certificates and 6 State IDs.
– we’ve given 13 “7 day” transit cards to people who just got employed and need help getting to work.
– we’ve financially helped 6 people with rent or security deposit so they can actually move into their new apartment.
Each step is vital in transitioning from homelessness to being successfully housed.
We want to say a special thanks to Ceres Table for providing a delicious meal to our shelter residents. “Ceres is symbolic of a bountiful harvest.” Thank you for including those less fortunate in your St. Joseph’s Day Feast!
Join us for the 27th Annual Hunger Walk. Follow the link to register to walk for Cornerstone Community Outreach. CCO will receive 214 pounds of food per walker for our shelter residents and neighbors in need. The event takes place at 7am on June 23, at Soldier Field. We hope to see you there!