Chicago Bears Visit CCO!

Staff, volunteers, and shelter guests were privileged to welcome the Chicago Bears to CCO. The seven Bears who volunteered their time and energy, brought smiles, excitement, and joy to the families and individuals at those sheltered with us. We would like to say a huge thank you to Sam Acho, John Timu, De’Vante Bausby, Jimmy Staten, Mike Adams, Adrian Amos, and Dion Bush, who served a delicious dinner, signed autographs, and gave a word of encouragement. Thanks so much to the Chicago Bears! You’re welcome to come back anytime!

Special thanks to Sean T. McGill, who donated his time and outstanding photography skills so that all of us could enjoy such a memorable evening through his photos. View his other professional photography projects by clicking here. Thank you!

Homelessness to Olympic Gold

English GardnerCongratulations to English Gardner, who won a gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games in the women’s 4 x 100 meter relay. Gardner and her family experienced homelessness during her childhood. She has overcome injury, illness, and homelessness, and strives to become the fastest woman on earth. You are an inspiration to the children at CCO and other shelters across America. We’re proud of you English!

Team CCO Runner Interviewed by ABC7 News!

Ted Jindrich Interview

“I’m running for Cornerstone Community Outreach, it’s a homeless shelter for the city here and I help raise funds for them,” said runner Ted Jindrich.

Team CCO’s very own Ted Jindrich was interviewed by ABC7 News at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle! Click the image to watch the video clip. Ted is not only a member of Team CCO, he is a long-time supporter and volunteer.

Click here to find out more about Team CCO, what 2016 fitness events are available to you, and how your run can make a difference in the lives of homeless families and individuals.

Ted Jindrich, planting flowers outside CCO.

Attorney General Says Stop Criminalizing Homeless

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“On Monday, the Attorney General issued a stern order to state court officials to stop, forthwith, targeting poor and homeless people and throwing them in jail for being too poor to pay fines for the crime of being too poor to have a place to live.

In the strongly worded letter to court chief justices and administrators, the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta and Lisa Foster of the Office for Access to Justice leveled some harsh criticism against state judicial and law enforcement officials for arresting and jailing the poor as a revenue source. The letter said in part,

“In addition to being unlawful, to the extent that these practices are geared not toward addressing public safety, but rather toward raising revenue, they cast doubt on the impartiality of the tribunal and erode trust between local governments and their constituents.”

To read the full length article click here.

 

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

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This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The National Coalition for the Homeless created the week to help break down the myths and misinformation surrounding hunger and homelessness in America. Visit our Facebook page to see daily posts that focus on legislation and information about poverty in America and find out what you can do to help.

 

Ordinances that Criminalize…

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We want to applaud the Human Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for standing up against ordinances that criminalize homelessness. Attorney’s  for the Justice Department argued that homeless persons sleeping outside are having their 8th Amendment rights violated by ordinances against them.

“Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity — i.e., it must occur at some time in some place. If a person literally has nowhere else to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless,” the filing stated.
“Criminally prosecuting those individuals for something as innocent as sleeping, when they have no safe, legal place to go, violates their constitutional rights,” Vanita Gupta, the head of the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice, said in a statement.

To read the entire court document click here.

To learn more the criminalization of food sharing and public sleeping from the National Coalition for the Homeless click here.

Homeless “GoPro” in San Fransisco

“Adam Reichart and his new found friends want you to walk a few miles in his homeless shoes. Virtually. Through a video camera strapped to his chest,” reports the San Francisco Gate.

Adam, a homeless man living on the streets in San Francisco has been outfitted with a video device to help people understand the hardships and challenges of being homeless. “As for these guys, anything that helps people understand the homeless, maybe see us more as real people, is a good thing,” Reichart said. “So I’m in.”

Click here to read the full article and view photographs of the project.

To view edited footage of Adam’s experiences go to Homeless GoPro.

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Help for Homeless Veterans

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“Veteran homelessness is down 24% since 2010,” according to the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. “VA cannot do it alone. Organizations and individuals in communities across the country are integral to providing services to Veterans and spreading the word about the resources VA provides to end and prevent homelessness among Veterans.”

CCO is proud to network and collaborate with the US Veteran’s Administration. Every other week VA workers come on-site and meet with veterans regarding housing, benefits, medical and mental health services.This statement if from the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.

To learn more about the Veteran Administrations “Help for Homeless Veterans Campaign, click here.

Homelessness to Micro-housing

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The micro-cottage is 144 square feet — 8 by 18 feet. – New York Times image

 

Creative and compassionate minds work to end homelessness for 29 people in Washington State. This is the first time micro-housing and rental subsidies has come together to solve homelessness. Click here to the New York Times article.

Demarra, A Homeless Student’s Story

Former CCO residents, Demarra (age 11) and her mother talk openly about the difficulties and challenges of being a homeless student. The number of homeless students in Chicago has more than tripled since 1999, and sadly, these numbers don’t show a trend of going down. Please take a few minutes to watch this personal and informative video. It’s not very long.

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