As 2015 draws to a close and 2016 emerges on the horizon, let’s carry the spirit of giving into everyday of our lives. Consider making an end-of-year donation that would allow CCO to continue welcoming and sheltering over 350 individuals in our family and single programs. It’s our privilege to take in homeless fathers with children, three-generational families, single senior citizens, pregnant moms, families with teens, and other families and singles who often find it difficult to get into shelters. We believe everyone has a right to safe shelter. Click here to donate today. Your gift is 100% tax-deductible. Thank you! Read Lydell’s story (pictured above) and learn how one outstanding father who went from homelessness to housing at CCO!
CCO staff, donors and volunteers work long and hard to make the holidays special for our shelter guests. That includes families with children and single men and women. Help us make the holidays bright! Monetary donations go a long way in filling the gaps in gift and goods donated to CCO.
Please consider making a donation today. Thank you!
“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!
“Being his dad gives me joy, strength and hope for a better day.” – Felix, pictured here with Felix Jr.
At Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) we are grateful for the opportunity to serve and witness the successes of many dedicated dads. Your donation allows us to continue to support the fathers who work so hard to stabilize their families.
For me, being a dad is about hearing my son say, “I love you” in the morning, and saying it again at bedtime. When I lost my wife, I could have given him to someone else, but he’s a part of me. When he tells me he loves me, I know I’m doing the right thing.
Being a dad is hard work. Anyone can be a dad, but it takes a real man to be there for your kids and take care of them. Every day, I try to give him what I felt I missed in my own life. Being his dad gives me joy, strength and hope for a better day.
This Father’s Day honor the dads at CCO by making a donation that will help bring their families one step closer to permanent housing. Thank you!
We see success in the lives of our shelter guests every day! Learn more at Our Stories!
Today is National Armed Forces Day. All the staff, residents and volunteers at CCO would like to remember our homeless shelter guests who have served our country in the armed forces. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimate that 62,619 veterans are homeless on any given night. Let’s serve our brave men and women especially in their time of need.
“When I got to the courthouse my lawyer informed me that the sheriff was coming and I was going to be arrested. They wanted to know if I was going to stay or run.
I decided to stay.”
The number of homeless fathers with children is increasing. It is our privilege to welcome dads with kids into CCO and help them achieve the success for themselves and their families. Take a few moments and read Lydell’s story here. Or take a look at the other success stories available in Our Story section on the right.
The changed lives you will read about would not be possible without your support. Thank you for donating today!
Mothers with children, fathers with children, couples with children, inter-generational families, single women, single men, persons with physical challenges, all have a place at CCO.
“A July 2012 analysis by Chicago Coalition for the Homeless shows 105,338 Chicagoans were homeless in the course of the 2011-12 school year. This is 12% more than the 93,780 who were homeless a year earlier. The total is based, in part, on the rising enrollment of homeless students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).” – Chicago Coalition for the Homelessness
At Cornerstone we hope to bridge the gap between homelessness and housing for our residents. By providing safe shelter, nutritious meals, case management services, referrals, physical- and mental-health services and a free store. We try to meet the needs of our residents by meeting them where they’re at and assisting them in finding permanent housing. And it’s always a joy to witness residents achieving their goals and moving toward self-sufficiency.
While living at Cornerstone Community Outreach John’s case manager referred him to the culinary course at Inspiration Corporation. John has completed the program and graduated. He is now employed and looking forward to permanent housing for himself and his family. Congratulations, John! We’re proud of you!
Are you interested in partnering with CCO to provide safe, supportive shelter for families like John’s? If so, click on the Donate Now button above. Thank you!