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!

500 Consecutive Days: An Incredible Run for Shelter

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!

Christmas is Coming

The Holiday Season is just around the corner!

Many of you have put Cornerstone shelter guests at the top of your gift list in the past, and we hope you will do so again this year.

The Amazon Cornerstone Wish List or a financial donation are both secure and convenient ways to support the families and individuals at Cornerstone this Holiday Season.

Your gift will help make the holidays a bit brighter for those experiencing homelessness.

Click for the Amazon Wishlist, or click here to donate and chose Christmas Gift as the designation.

Thank you!

CCO is a tax-deductible 501c-3 not-for-profit organization.  All of your donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

AmazonSmile

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Donating to CCO through AmazonSmile is easy. Follow the link to choose Cornerstone Community Outreach as your Amazon Charity and Amazon will donate a portion of your total purchase to CCO at no cost to you. Millions of Amazon items are eligible and 0.5% of your total cost goes to CCO, and there is no limit to how much Amazon will give. Click here to go to AmazonSmile and learn more or to sign-up. Happy Holiday Shopping!

Click here to view our Amazon Wish List. The list consists of many of the basic needs our shelter guests request. Partner with us in providing practical necessities to those sheltered at CCO!

Once logged in, you can shop from the lists and it will ship directly to Cornerstone.

UPDATED: In-Kind Donation Changes due to COVID-19 Guidelines

Our wonderful network of in-kind donors has been reaching out in this ever-changing time to find out how to support Cornerstone.

What we can accept of in-kind donations has temporarily changed, and we do still need your help. Below is a list of what is most important right now to meet the residents needs.

If you don’t have anything that fits in, that is okay, we will return to normal soon. You can also consider making a financial donation at this time if you can.

  • Winter Season Updated Needs
    • New Thermal underware for men, women, and childrens. All sizes
    • New Winter gloves for children and adults. All sizes
    • New Winter Coats for children and adults. All sizes
  • Disposable dishes and cutlery in cases or factory sealed packages
  • Mobile electronic devices for the residents to do tele-health, attend school or tele-work. Must be at least:
    • iPhone 7 or iPads from 2016 or newer
    • ChromeBooks 2019 and newer
    • mobile android 2018 or newer
    • Apple laptops/computers 2014 or newer
    • Windows enabled laptops/computers 2017 or newer
  • Linens new in factory packaging
    • Twin size sheets sets
    • any size blanket or pillows
  • Hygiene items that are new and in factory packaging as applicable
    • Soap, shampoo, conditioner
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • diapers any size
  • Non-perishable food and snacks in factory sealed cases or bags

You can either mail in your donation, or schedule a drop off time.

Mail to:
Cornerstone Community Outreach
Attn: Donations
4615 N. Clifton Ave. 1st Floor
Chicago, IL 60640

Schedule drop of with: donate@ccolife.org

At this time we cannot accept donated clothing and the like. If you have any suggestions of something you would like to donate that may be like the list, email us and we’ll see. Otherwise, if you can hold off for a month or two, when the guidelines may get loosened, you can check back in to see if we again accepting donations.

If one does attempt to donate without permission and or unallowable items, they will be turned away.

Thank you for your understanding and be well.

The CHHRGE Report

Chicago Homelessness and Health Response Group for Equity (CHHRGE)

CHHRGE has been working collaboratively to address the issues and implications relative to COVID-19 in Chicago.

Today the CHHRGE Report has been released. It’s our honor to be a partner of CHHRGE and to share it with you. Please take the time to read it over to understand the needs being addressed.
Below are excerpts from CHHRGE.ORG and the link to the report.

WHO WE ARE

On March 13, 2020, a group of seven individuals consisting of homeless service providers, faculty, students, and staff from Rush University Medical Center convened to discuss the implications of COVID-19 on guests at Franciscan Outreach shelters on Chicago’s West Side. The group recognized that public health guidelines for social distancing would put shelter guests at considerable risk unless urgent actions were taken. Seven priorities were identified as immediate actions for serving vulnerably housed individuals at Franciscan Outreach. Within one month, daily calls included 100+ members from healthcare, service, and government agencies across the City of Chicago coming together to support vulnerably housed populations. The collaborative became known as the West Side Homeless COVID-19 Response Group and was later renamed the Chicago Homelessness and Health Response Group for Equity (CHHRGE). 

THE CHHRGE REPORT

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In “the CHHRGE report” we share lessons learned and resources developed by a team of healthcare professionals and homeless service providers who convened in mid-March 2020 to address the impact of COVID-19 on the health of people experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Together, the stakeholders of CHHRGE worked to address the devastating impact of COVID-19 across Chicago’s entire vulnerably housed population. In the report we discuss how the aligned multidisciplinary group of individuals and agencies worked collaboratively to address this public health crisis.

Proceed to CHHRGE.org to Download

CDC: What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. Learn ways you can protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

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