New Shoes from Senator Steans!

New shoes for the first day of school! We are deeply grateful to Senator Heather Steans for purchasing brand new back-to-school shoes for each of the children at CCO! Students and their parents were excited to begin the new year in style. Thanks again, Senator Steans!

View Silent Auction Prints

Jim Newberry, photographer

Don’t miss Five Photographer : Five Visions of Social Justice event that will be taking place on Thursday, August 29 at Alibi Art Gallery from 6 – 9pm. The night will include a silent auction of selected prints by Jim Newberry, Sandro, Fred Burkhart, David Gremp and Michelle Britton.

These amazing photographers have captured the city and urban life in the images that will be on display. Michelle Britton, CCO intern and Chicago photographer, will have prints of CCO residents on display.

Click here to view some of the photographs up for silent auction. And plan to join us for this amazing fundraising event! All proceeds from the silent auction and the $10 door fee will go directly to CCO.

Thank you!

One Father’s Struggle…

Lydell & Lydell III

“11:05am, December 4, 2002, he was born. Lydell Doss, III, arrived breach with his brown eyes wide open. It was beautiful to see his first movements and to hear his new born cries. One day later I would be crying in disbelief…”

Take a moment and read Lydell’s story, “I Decided to Stay.” It is a moving account of a father’s love for his son and his struggle to create a home for him.

Click here to read Lydell’s story or to choose from other CCO success stories click here.

Help CCO continue to serve and shelter families and individuals in need. Click here to donate today. Thank you!

 

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Do you follow us on Facebook? Click here to be redirected to the CCO Facebook page, then click the “like” button on the right. We want to keep you up to date with information about the good things that are happening at CCO.

Are you a runner? Click here to go to the Team CCO Facebook page. Once there, you will learn more about the runners that are supporting CCO through this years Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Thank you!

Images for Silent Auction…

David Gremp Uptown

View the amazing images up for silent auction in less than two weeks by clicking here. CCO wants to thank the generous and gifted photographers who have donated prints for the Five Photographers : Five Visions of Social Justice event at Alibi Art Gallery on Thursday, August 29 from 6 – 9 pm in Chicago. Special thanks to Sandro, Fred Burkhart, Jim Newberry, Michelle Britton and David Gremp!

Thank you!

A $10 door fee and all proceeds from the silent auctions will benefit Cornerstone Community Outreach.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

Back-to-School Bash!

CCO’s Back-to-School Bash was a huge success! Many CCO staff and volunteers worked hard to make the event fun and motivating for our families.

Once again the Cat in the Hat MC’ed the festivities and gave away some Dr. Seuss books. Eddie Bocanegra from the documentary, The Interrupters, encouraged everyone to pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles they encounter. His words were encouraging and inspiring. We enjoyed the performance art provided by Kuumba Lynx, a local youth movement that brings dance, poetry and positive motivation to their audiences. Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association not only gave away new backpacks but have been gathering and shopping for them for weeks! Thank you! The face painting station was packed with excited children. Every school aged child chose a gift from the toy give away table. We were glad to see 46th Ward Alderman, James Cappelman attending the event and joining in on the fun.

Three hundred delicious Ann Sather’s sandwiches were provided by Alderman Tom Tunney for families to enjoy. Representative Jan Schkowsky provided the funds to purchase Pizza Hut pizza’s for our shelter guests and Tony, Store Manager for Lawrence Pizza Hut donated 20 more! Once again, Senator Heather Stearns generously donated money to purchase shoes for everyone of CCO’s school age children! The Wilson Yard Target provided CCO with bottled water and juice boxes for the event.

We want to say a special thank you to all our volunteers. The First Romanian Baptist Church of Chicago’s Outbreak graciously helped serve treats at this years event. Volunteers from Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church distributed toys and ran the face painting station.

So many wonderful donors and volunteers worked together to make this Back-to-School Bash the very best yet! Thank you so much!

CCO Residents

Chicago photographer, Michelle Britton, will be showing images of CCO residents at Alibi Art Gallery on August 29.

Chicago photographer, Michelle Britton, will be showing images of CCO residents at Alibi Art Gallery on August 29.

Chicago photographer and CCO intern, Michelle Britton, will be displaying featured images of CCO residents on August 29th at 6pm at Alibi Art Gallery in Chicago. Join us for Five Photographers: Five Visions of Social Justice!

Fred Burkhart, Photo Artist

One the images by Fred Burkhart that will be up for silent auction on August 29 at Alibi Art Gallery.

One the images by Fred Burkhart that will be up for silent auction on August 29 at Alibi Art Gallery.

Chicago photo-documentary artist, Fred Burkhart, has contributed two photographs and a drawing for the silent auction at Alibi Art Gallery on Thursday, August 29 from 6 – 9pm. The $10 cover charge and all proceeds from the silent auction go to CCO. Join us for this one-night only special event!

Back-to-School

Back-to-SchoolChildren everywhere are gearing up for a new school year. At CCO we shelter over 100 children with their parents. Next week CCO will host a Back-to-School bash that will include pizza, sandwiches,homemade treats, the amazing dance group, Kuumba Lynx and Eddie Bocanegra, our inspirational speaker from the documentary, The Interrupters. Be sure to check back next week to view this years photo album!

Michelle Britton, Photographer

Michelle Britton, photographer

Five Photographers : Five Visions of Social Justice

August 29, 2013 6:00pm One night only!

Alibi Fine Art Gallery

1966 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

(773) 454-1512

Silent Auction: Sandro, Fred Burkhart, Jim Newberry, David Gremp and Michelle Britton

$10 cover at the door will go directly to Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO).

Alibi Fine Art Gallery is pleased to invite you to a very special one night only fundraising event to benefit CCO.

Featured portraits by Michelle Britton (see above) illuminate the hope, dignity, and the struggles of CCO’s residents and honor them as people who strive for a better life.

Join us for this exciting event!