“We Stuck Together!”

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“They [CCO staff] stayed with me during the dark days. We stuck together. I was a stranger and they took me in and took care of me.”

 About one year ago, Annie came to CCO’s Naomi House shelter for single women. She celebrated her 55th birthday with staff and other residents while staying with us. Annie’s honesty speaks for itself, with statements like, “I’ve had five years of clean time but [my recovery] is still one day at a time.”

Before coming to CCO, Annie was employed, but when she was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, she lost her job, her income and the stability it provided.

With her vision fading, Annie arrived at Naomi House. The discouragement was palpable, but she pressed on with her recovery and worked with staff to connect with the clinics that could save her eyesight. She said, “God puts you in places for a reason. There was a reason God sent me here. I’m grateful.”

While living at Naomi House, Annie enrolled in GED classes at a local community college. She is excited about meeting this new goal in her life. Even at 55, she is not stepping aside and watching life roll by. Now, with her classes completed, Annie is scheduled to take her GED test. We are impressed with the effort she exhibits and we look forward to seeing the outcome!

A few months ago Annie said, “I’m grateful for this place but I’m ready to go home!” We are happy to report that Annie is now permanently housed and continues on her recovery path.

Tax Deadline for Donations…

 

Christmas PortraitWe are quickly approaching the December 31 tax deadline for donations. We ask that you continue your commitment to alleviating homelessness in Chicago. We are privileged to work with a diverse range of people. From newborns to senior citizens, individuals to large families, we are dedicated to walking alongside everyone who comes to us in need. Join us in this critical work by making a donation today. Thank you!


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In early 2013 CCO will be launching a new and improved website! Our web address will still be ccolife.org. With the revamped site we hope to clearly communicate information about our shelter programs and services while keeping you up to date with current events, success stories and needs.

The generous staff at nine3nine Creative have volunteered their time and talents to make ccolife as user-friendly, yet informative, as possible.

December 31st Is Nearly Here!

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We are quickly approaching the December 31 tax deadline for donations. We ask that you continue your commitment to alleviating homelessness in Chicago.  We are privileged to work with a diverse range of people. From newborns to senior citizens, individuals to large families, we are dedicated to walking alongside everyone who comes to us in need.

Some of our needs are structural.This spring, tuckpointing work that we knew would eventually be needed became immediately necessary for our 106-year-old Sylvia Center building, and with this first phase of work came a $42,000 bill. The construction needs were pressing and the repairs were done quickly and effectively. A second phase of tuckpointing is expected in 2013, which will bring the total cost to approximately $100,000. These costs have greatly diminished our general funds.

CCO matters in the day-to-day lives of the homeless families and individuals we serve. The shelter gives our residents a place to rebuild their lives and recover from the difficulties of homelessness.

Join us in this critical work by making a donation today. Thank you!

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Holiday Parties for our Single Residents!

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 We can’t forget about our single shelter residents at this time of year! It can be especially challenging to be on your own for the holidays. That’s why CCO, along with our generous volunteers and donors, have had several great events for the residents of our Naomi House and Epworth shelter programs. We want to thank Elkgrove Calvary Chapel for serving delicious holiday treats while passing out new backpacks, socks and winter wear for our single shelter residents! Thank you!

Leland House Christmas Party!

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Saturday, Leland House Permanent Housing program for families had their annual Christmas party! A special thanks goes to Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church for providing a delicious feast. First Trust Portfolio provided new gifts for all of our residents. And we want to say an enthusiastic thank you to the musicians at Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church. Thanks!