Charitable.Social.Fitness in 2015

Running on the Chicago Lakefront January 2015

Team CCO, the charity fitness team of Cornerstone Community Outreach, has announced its event plan for 2015! Growing from one race in 2012 to five events in 2015, there is a large range of distances and fitness levels to chose from. Join the team that really walks and runs hard to help raise money for the work being done at Cornerstone.

The 2015 events are the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k, the GCFD Hunger Walk, the Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race, the Chicago Half Marathon, and our flagship race the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Whether you are a runner or a walker find out more at teamCCO.com.

Flowers Brighten the CCO Dining Room

Flowers

Flowers brighten the CCO dining room and bring a touch of life and encouragement for our shelter guests, staff and volunteers. On average over 600 people dine at CCO on any given day. We are grateful for the splash of color that brings a bit of beauty to the families and individuals sheltered with us.

The flowers and plants are brought to CCO through the efforts of the Resource Center. This wonderful organization is run almost entirely by volunteers. Each week they gather food and flowers from grocery stores like Whole Foods and bring the goods to shelters and food pantries across the city. Thank you, Resource Center!

Naomi House Renovation!

Thank you Tourism Toronto for beautifully renovating the bathroom for the single women sheltered at CCO’s Naomi House program! You’re work is an improvement and encouragement. What a transformation! Thank you!

Driving Through the Blowing Snow

Epworth Men's Run

CCO men heading to the Epworth Church where they sleep each night.

Blowing snow and frigid temperatures this week means that CCO staff embarked on many evening runs in a large maxi van. Since last Sunday, staff have been driving our men’s shelter guests from CCO to Epworth Church where they sleep every night. In the daytime, the men meet with their case workers and have meals in the main CCO buildings.

Consider donating to CCO and being a part of the good things that are happening (no matter the weather) here! Thank you!

Epworth Men's Run

The maxi van take the men to Epworth Church where they sleep each night.

Epworth Men's Run

Sandy Ramsey, CCO Executive Director, drives the men sheltered at CCO to Epworth Church.

20 Below Wind Chills – CCO’s Response

CCO Warming Center

“King” escaping deadly cold and welcomed into CCO Warming Center.

CCO’s Extreme Cold Search & Rescue

“Thank you for bringing me in. If you hadn’t, I think my hands would have gotten frostbite.”

-“King”
The cold weather is inconvenient for us all but for homeless people, especially those living outside, it can be deadly. Each winter CCO responds to the cold weather by welcoming our friends on the street into a warm, dry space. Sandy Ramsey, CCO Executive Director, and Jeremy Nicholls, CCO Outreach Worker, searches the local viaducts, loading docks, and under passes to bring in those living outside in dangerous weather. Many are rescued from the frigid conditions by these late night search and rescue operations.

CCO Outreach

CCO Outreach Working encouraging someone to come in from the cold.

CCO Outreach

CCO Outreach Worker asking someone to come into the Warming Center.

CCO Outreach

One of several people who came into the Warming Center at CCO during the deadly cold.

Evening runs are a part of CCO life. Click here to read about Driving Through the Blowing Snow.