“We Stuck Together!”

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“They [CCO staff] stayed with me during the dark days. We stuck together. I was a stranger and they took me in and took care of me.”

 About one year ago, Annie came to CCO’s Naomi House shelter for single women. She celebrated her 55th birthday with staff and other residents while staying with us. Annie’s honesty speaks for itself, with statements like, “I’ve had five years of clean time but [my recovery] is still one day at a time.”

Before coming to CCO, Annie was employed, but when she was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, she lost her job, her income and the stability it provided.

With her vision fading, Annie arrived at Naomi House. The discouragement was palpable, but she pressed on with her recovery and worked with staff to connect with the clinics that could save her eyesight. She said, “God puts you in places for a reason. There was a reason God sent me here. I’m grateful.”

While living at Naomi House, Annie enrolled in GED classes at a local community college. She is excited about meeting this new goal in her life. Even at 55, she is not stepping aside and watching life roll by. Now, with her classes completed, Annie is scheduled to take her GED test. We are impressed with the effort she exhibits and we look forward to seeing the outcome!

A few months ago Annie said, “I’m grateful for this place but I’m ready to go home!” We are happy to report that Annie is now permanently housed and continues on her recovery path.

Holiday Parties for our Single Residents!

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 We can’t forget about our single shelter residents at this time of year! It can be especially challenging to be on your own for the holidays. That’s why CCO, along with our generous volunteers and donors, have had several great events for the residents of our Naomi House and Epworth shelter programs. We want to thank Elkgrove Calvary Chapel for serving delicious holiday treats while passing out new backpacks, socks and winter wear for our single shelter residents! Thank you!

“Count Mine As One Life Saved…”

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“I am so grateful for what was so freely given to me through your program. My spirit was nearly dead when I came through those doors and now I am a vibrant, fully productive member of society again. I could not have done it without you and your program. Count mine as one life saved and a living example of how important your work is!”

-Lanette* (name changed for confidentiality purposes)

Lanette has done great things since coming to CCO’s Naomi House Shelter for single women. She has found work and looks forward to having her own apartment soon. It has been wonderful to watch her efforts and success!

Each day the work continues. People like Lanette turn to CCO when they have nowhere else to go. It is a joy to see our residents pressing on against all odds to recover from the hardships of homelessness.

Thank you for joining us in supporting every homeless individual and family that comes through our doors. Thank you!
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Naomi House Birthday Bingo Bash!

 

Are you interested in donating items for the Naomi House Birthday Bingo Bash? Naomi House is CCO’s shelter for single women. We would like our birthday girls to feel special and remembered! For this party the ladies are requesting root beer floats. If you would like to provide ice cream, root beer or gift items toward this event send an e-mail with your contact information to bnicholls@ccolife.org. Thank you!