An Advent Gift with a Heart

The generous and inventive folks at Wilson Abbey and Everybody’s Coffee have created a gift that supports Cornerstone and celebrates the holiday season! For several years, the Wilson Abbey has displayed Chicago’s Largest Advent Calendar (see image below). This year Wilson Abbey and Everbody’s Coffee has produced a beautiful home-size version of their amazing advent window displays. In the spirit of Christmas, they are donating 100% of the proceeds to support Cornerstone’s shelter guests, programs, and services.

Each set has 25 stunning advent cards with a seasonal work of art on the front, an inspirational quote on the back, and a display stand. You will also have the knowledge that your purchase helped provide safe shelter for those experiencing homelessness this holiday. It’s an original way to celebrate the holidays and give to those in need!

Click here to purchase this beautiful box set. You will be redirected to the Everybody’s Coffee website where you can make a secure purchase. Consider making a purchase that will truly have meaning for yourself, your friends and family, and those sheltered at Cornerstone.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the creative Cornerstone supporters at Everybody’s Coffee and the Wilson Abbey! Thank you for using your talent and vision to benefit those experiencing homelessness.

If you’re interested in learning about more of the good things happening through Everybody’s Coffee click here.

2021 Back-to-School Party!

The new school year started off right for the children at Cornerstone! The CCO back-to-school party kicked off the school year for all the children sheltered at Cornerstone. Uptown Underdawg’s provided delicious gelato. The kids and adults alike enjoyed the fun and educational elements of JG’s Reptile Roadshow reptilian petting zoo. A talented henna artist was kept busy creating beautiful designs for the kids and the art station was hopping with fun activities. DJ Bialach provided the dance tunes. Last but not least, Everybody’s Coffee mixed up delicious caffeinated drinks for all to enjoy.

The event took place during Uptowns Art Week hosted by the Uptown Chamber. Thank you to each of the volunteers, staff, and organizations that made this party possible!

Cornerstone provides essential shelter and critical services for families experiencing homelessness. Please consider making a donation today. Thank you!

DIY Fundraiser with GoFundMe!

Sometimes life gives us a creative way to support others. So we encourage you to create your own fundraising page and inspire your social networks into your own passion.

GoFundMe allows individuals to fundraise on behalf of Cornerstone Cornerstone Outreach, using their platform.

To start a new fundraiser on behalf of Cornerstone, go here: https://gofund.me/74be5b30.

CCO GoFundMe charity page

A 500 Day Run for Shelter

Tim Necas, Team CCO member, has raised over $1,000 for CCO through his
gofundme page.

Most people would never consider running 500 days straight through snow, heat, rain, and a global pandemic but Tim Necas is not most people. Tim’s desire to break a former running streak of 35 days in a row gradually turned into a personal mission to run 500 consecutive days. He did it while raising funds for those experiencing homelessness at CCO.

On June 10, 2020, Tim committed to running a minimum of 5 kilometers per day, for 40 consecutive days. That commitment lengthened to 80 days, then 100 days. On Day 250, February 7, 2021, the temperature dropped to -4 degrees Fahrenheit but Tim persisted.

As time marched on, so did Tim. He set a goal to run 333 consecutive days and when he had achieved that, he decided to go for the one-year mark. A few weeks later, Tim met that goal and committed to running for 400 days. He hit that target as well. On October 15, 2021, Tim finally crossed the finish line of this stunning journey. He had run 500 days straight and he did it for CCO shelter guests!

So far, Tim has raised over $1000. If you would like to show your support for CCO while recognizing Tim’s astounding commitment to those experiencing homelessness, please visit his gofundme page. Tim has also used his gofundme page to chronicle his running diary. If you’d like more details about his 500-day journey you will find it there. Are you curious about Team CCO and how you can run for shelter? Visit the Team CCO page for more information.

Thank you, Tim, and all who have shown support for his incredible run!


On Day 250, February 7, 2021, the temperature dropped to -4 degrees Fahrenheit.
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500 Consecutive Days: An Exceptional Run for Shelter!

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Tim Necas, Team CCO

Most people would never consider running 500 days straight through snow, heat, rain, and a global pandemic but Tim Necas is not most people. Tim’s desire to break a former running streak of 35 days in a row gradually turned into a personal mission to run 500 consecutive days. He did it while raising funds for those experiencing homelessness at CCO.

On June 10, 2020, Tim committed to running a minimum of 5 kilometers per day, for 40 consecutive days. That commitment lengthened to 80 days, then 100 days. On Day 250, February 7, 2021, the temperature dropped to -4 degrees Fahrenheit but Tim persisted.

As time marched on, so did Tim. He set a goal to run 333 consecutive days and when he had achieved that, he decided to go for the one-year mark. A few weeks later, Tim met that goal and committed to running for 400 days. He hit that target as well. On October 15, 2021, Tim finally crossed the finish line of this stunning journey. He had run 500 days straight and he did it for CCO shelter guests!

So far, Tim has raised over $1000. If you would like to show your support for CCO while recognizing Tim’s astounding commitment to those experiencing homelessness, please visit his gofundme page. Tim has also used his gofundme page to chronicle his running diary. If you’d like more details about his 500-day journey you will find it there. Are you curious about Team CCO and how you can run for shelter? Visit the Team CCO page for more information.

Thank you, Tim, and all who have shown support for his incredible run!