Families Experiencing Homelessness

It is our privilege to welcome families of all descriptions who are experiencing homelessness. CCO operates two shelters for families, Sylvia Family Shelter and Hannah House Shelter, both welcome families who are homeless and provide them with individualized wrap-around services. These services are a personalized approach to assisting our shelter guests in moving from homelessness to permanent housing. It includes housing referrals, subsidized databases, job training, employment referrals, educational enrollment, counseling, medical referrals, information regarding life skills, after-school tutoring, individualized advocacy, nutritious meals, safe shelter, and more. These services look different for each individual and family we shelter because each person’s experiences, strengths, and needs are different.

Consider making a donation today that will assist the families sheltered at CCO to move from homelessness to housing!

Learn more about wrap-around services here.

 

Wrap-Around Services

Each person who comes through the doors of CCO has a unique history. The homeless father with children, parents with teens, pregnant women, people of all orientations, the elderly and aging, the physically challenged, are accepted at CCO. Case managers work alongside single adults and families to create individualized goals and assist with job training and referrals, education, transportation, benefits assistance, mental and physical health referrals and more. These wrap-around services are the stepping-stones to permanent housing and a stable future.

Thank you, Coat Angels!

Coat Angels Give the Gift of Warmth!

We want to say a very special thank you to the Coat Angels! The children sheltered at CCO have been blessed with the gift of warmth thanks to this fabulous group of volunteers and donors! Each year the Coat Angels visit CCO and deliver new coats, hats, gloves, and other winter wear accessories to our children. Thank you, Coat Angels!

To learn more about the Coat Angels and all the good work they do click here.

You Are Invited!

You are invited to CCO’s Fall Fundraiser! 

Join us for an evening that will highlight the important homeless programs and services that you are a part of at CCO! Executive Director, Sandy Ramsey will share stories and statistics. Kumba Lynx will entertain us with dancing and poetry and you can count on delicious sweet and savory food. This year we will be offering, even more, raffle (see list below) and silent auction items. You won’t want to miss it! Order your tickets today!

Click here to purchase tickets for yourself or a group of people. All funds will go toward the work of CCO and will directly benefit the families and individuals who need safe shelter, nutritious meals, and specialized services.

Raffle Prizes

Lion Head Sports Pub – $25 certificate

Cheesecake Factory Certificate – $50 gift card

Shedd Aquarium – 4 Shedd Pass tickets. Tickets are good for express entry to aquarium, Abbott Oceanarium and Wild Reef.

Chicago Wolves Certificate – 2 tickets for any game during the Chicago Wolves 2017-2018 season

Oak Terrace Getaway – 1 night of lodging and up to 2 rounds of 18 hole golf at Oak Terrace Resort and Spa

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria – a $25 gift card

Brookfield Zoo – 6 general admission passes, 6 passes to the Hamill Family Play Zoo, 6 passes to The Carousel, and 1 parking pass

City Winery – free custom City Winery tour and wine tasting for up to 4 people. The experience includes a wine flight of 3 City Winery wines, paired with 3 crostini.

Signed White Sox pic – of Avisail Garcia

Joffrey Ballet – 2 tickets to the Joffrey Ballet’s 2018 production of Modern Masters running from February 7th-18th, 2018.

American Airlines AAdvantage  – a certificate of 50,000 AmericanAirlines  AAdvantage miles, good for up to 2 domestic round trip flights.
(Must be registered to your account by 12/09/17)

Field Museum – 4 general admission tickets

La Colombe coffee – a 3-pack gift box of ground coffee from La Colombe Coffee Roasters.

Float Sixty – win a free 60-minute float in a Float Sixty Therapeutic Sensory Deprivation Tank, along with a bag of free Epsom salt.

Untouchable Tour – win 2 passes to the Untouchable Tour – a two-hour bus adventure that explores Chicago’s notorious past through visits to Prohibition-era mobster hangouts.
(Expires September 2018)

The Second City – win two nights for a couple at The Second City; one pass good for two tickets at any Second City Resident Stages, and another pass good for two tickets at the Second City Up Comedy Club (VALUED AT $52).
(Expires October 2018)

Raffle tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20, or 12 for $40. Purchase at the event.

Team CCO Marathon Photo Album!

Click the link above to see our full Marathon Photo Album on Facebook!

We want to thank each one of our fabulous, dedicated Team CCO runners who braved 26.2 miles at the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Together, the team has raised over $17,000 for CCO families and single adults. All money raised bring those experiencing homelessness one step closer to stable housing. Thank you to everyone who donated to one of our runners and if you are interested but haven’t got to it yet, it’s not too late! Click here to visit our Team CCO Marathon donation page.

Team CCO Charity Tent Photo Album

Click the link above to see our Charity Tent Photo Album on Facebook!

The Team CCO Charity Team volunteers felt privileged to be a part of this year’s Chicago marathon! We are so proud of everyone on Team CCO who went 26.2 miles to help the families and singles sheltered at CCO. It’s not too late to donate. Click here see all the runners who have worked to raise funds and homeless awareness. Thank you!

Freestore Public Day : 65 Shop!

“I can find a lot of clothes for my family at the Freestore.  I don’t have to worry about going out and buying clothes while I’m homeless. I can always find something new and CCO has a good variety. That’s how I’m blessed by the Freestore.”    – Victoria, Freestore patron

Over 65 Uptown neighbors shopped through free clothing and household items last week at the Cornerstone Freestore! Your gently-used donated items make the Freestore possible.

Families and single adults sheltered at CCO shop in the Freestore each week to meet basic clothing needs. Over 80% of new shelter guests have no income and even shopping at a thrift store is not possible. The CCO Freestore stands in the gap and your donations help those in need find basic essentials that will help them find clothing for school, job training, employment interviews, or just day-to-day living.

Thank you for supporting our shelter guests and neighbors in this way! If you haven’t donated goods to CCO in the past consider donating your gently-used items. Spread the word, and let your co-workers, neighbors, and church members, know that they can donate gently-used items or financially! Click here to learn more.

If you are in need of clothing, shoes, and household items visit the Freestore on our next public day, September 28.

Back-to-School Bash Photo Album!

CCO’s Annual Back-to-School Bash was a huge success! Families sheltered at CCO enjoyed dancing, music, pizza, cake, prizes, face-painting, and more. All school-aged children chose a new backpack, from a wide-range of styles, provided by the Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association (NEIU). NEIU has provided and distributed backpacks and school supplies at the Back-to-School Bash for years. Thank you, NEIU!

Student volunteers from Uptown Christian School (UCS) set-up the room, served food, decorated, cleaned, and reassembled the dining room. The teens were willing, fun, and amazingly helpful. Thank you, UCS!

Education is a critical stabilizing force in the lives of homeless children. We are privileged to partner with our area school teachers and administrators to ensure that the children sheltered at CCO have the best education possible.

Consider making a donation today that will directly support the families sheltered at CCO. Thank you!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to you! Did you know that CCO staff and volunteers bake, ice, decorate and deliver a birthday cake to each child who has a birthday while sheltered at CCO? It’s true! And mom and dad are given wrapped gifts for the birthday boy or girl. It’s a truly sweet way to encourage the kids at CCO.

We need your help! We are looking for CCO supporters who would like to purchase new cake mixes, icing, and decorations (candles, sprinkles, etc) to make sure the birthday elves are never short of supplies. If you are interested in giving in this way contact Eve at eve@ccolife.org. Thanks!