Congratulations Carla!

Carla, Successfully Housed!

“The night before I came to CCO I slept out on a park bench. I said I would never stay in a shelter. And what did God do? He put me right in a shelter and blessed me there.

 I thought people in a shelter had to sleep on the floor. I was afraid that people would steal my stuff and that it would be dirty. I thought I would have to leave in the early morning and stay out all day. Naomi House has been totally different. I have a case manager, three meals a day, I didn’t have to sleep on the floor or leave during the day. It isn’t dirty. I’ve improved mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.”

It would be difficult to talk to Carla and miss her determination and gratitude. She recently found out that after months of hard work she has an apartment!

“Recently, I got a housing call and I was told, ‘It’s a go. Start packing!’ I have a place and I’m so excited about my little apartment. It’s perfect for me. And it makes me think about how good God is!”

-Carla

Naomi House and CCO’s other shelter programs rely on your donation dollars to operate. To donate today click on the Donate Now button at the top of the page. Thank you!

Team CCO

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Team CCO is ready to go! In less than one month rigorous training will end and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will begin for Team CCO runners. This year 73 dedicated people, motivated by a desire to support CCO’s shelter guests, have registered to run, jog or walk the 26.2 mile course. Learn more about these inspiring men and women and help them reach CCO’s fundraising goal!

Good Samaritan

Glenn James, Good SamaritanGlenn James, a homeless Boston man, found a backpack that contained $42,000 in cash and travelers checks. He immediately turned it in to police. Mr. James said, “even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny. I am extremely religious — God has always very well looked after me.”

Mr. James became homeless due to loss of employment. He suffers from an ear disorder that causes bouts of vertigo. His story has caught a lot of attention and concerned persons have started a fundraising page at GoFundMe.

Click here to read the full article.

Thank you, Mr. James, for showing character, integrity and breaking down false stereotypes about homeless people. You are a great example to us all!

CeaseFire at CCO

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“Treating the contagion of violence.” – CeaseFire

Last night, CeaseFire staff member Anthony Doss came to CCO to hold a discussion with 11- 17 year-olds and their parents. Anthony listened to the teens and gave them tools to interrupt the violence that they experience on the street.

CCO staff member, Mary Davenport, organized the event and felt that the conversation was fun, honest and helpful. CCO is privileged to work with an agency that has been so effective in the non-violent movement. CeaseFire will be returning to CCO soon to meet with more residents. Thank you, Anthony and CeaseFire Chicago!

If you would like to know more about CeaseFire and their efforts to cure violence click here.

CCO Free Store

CCO Free StoreDon’t throw away those gently-used clothes! The CCO Free Store is looking for Chicago Public School uniforms and winter wear of all shapes and sizes. The CCO Free Store had over 2,600 “shoppers” throughout 2012 and continues to serve anyone in need in 2013. If you have items that would be useful to others please drop them off at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago. Thanks!

Plastic-bag Free!

Ruby and her reusable bagWe want to be plastic-free! Do you have reusable shopping bags that are just gathering dust? Drop them off any time at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago. They will be used for our food pantry program that provides nutritious food to over 125 households each week. Thank you!

Five Photographers Art Event

CCO would like to say thank you to Michelle Britton for putting together such an amazing gallery event last week!

Five Photographers : Five Visions of Social Justice was a success! Many prints for silent auction sold and the event was well attended.

Thank you to Alibi Fine Art Gallery who provided a beautiful and welcoming space for everyone to view the prints. And a huge thank you to photographers, Sandro, Jim Newberry, David Gremp, Fred Burkhart and Michelle Britton who donated prints and the patrons who purchased them! It was a great night!