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!

Hunger Walk! You Can Still Register!

It’s your last chance to register for the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) Hunger Walk! Each person walking for CCO creates a 200+ pound food credit with GCFD, our main food source. GCFD food is served three meals a day, every day, to over 300 of our shelter guests. It is also part of our weekly Food Pantry and our neighborhood meals.

Please join us for this year’s 5k Hunger Walk and include your friends and family in the fun!

Follow the link below and refer to the instructions for registration…
– Click here to be redirected to the GCFD registration page
– Click the orange “Register” button
– Click “Join a Team”
– In the search, window begin typing in Cornerstone Community Outreach
– Click the CCO option that includes A00393 (our team number)
– Use the plus (+) sign to register the number of people you are bringing
– Complete the details for each person who will be walking
– You can make a donation if you’d like or you can click “skip donation”
– You should receive a confirmation email
– Now you can use your page to encourage others to donate toward your walk!

We hope to see you at the Hunger Walk!

2017 Fall Fundraiser

Join us for an event that is sure to encourage, and inform about the mission and success at Cornerstone Community Outreach.

The evening will include:
Sweet & savory refreshments, live music, success stories, and a word from Executive Director Sandra Ramsey. More details to come!

Tickets are $20.00 each.

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Sponsor: $2,000.00
-6 tickets for the event and 2 reserved tables
-opportunity for sponsor to speak at event
-Inclusion of logo on all event materials
-logo on website for 6 months
-social media shares and one e-letter inclusion

Gold Sponsorship (Event Sponsor): $500.00
-8 tickets for the event for a reserved table
-sponsor logo name on welcome signs
-logo on website for one month

Silver Sponsorship (Table Sponsor): $250.00
-8 tickets for the event for a reserved table
-listing on Event Sponsor page

To purchase tickets or sponsor the event, go to Fundraiser2017.eventbrite.com, and share the event with your friends via Facebook .

Feel free to email events@ccolife.org for more info and if you are interested in sponsoring a table or the event!

We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors for the 2017 Fall Fundraiser

Gold Event Sponsors

Stephen and Mary Jane Dawson

William and Joan Kamberis

Silver Event Sponsor

James Hardie

Helen Shiller

Permanently Housed Up 29 % at CCO

Every person who moves from homelessness to housing is a cause for celebration. We rejoice with every one of our residents who are able to turn a key and enter their home, whether it is a mom or dad with children, single senior citizen, couple with children, three-generational family, or young adult. Finding home is the next step in a new phase of life.

While staying at Cornerstone the case-management staff work hard to make sure each person receives the assistance and services available. The work with the residents is tracked closely to be able to monitor what works and what areas can be improved on. One area tracked is how many people who come to Cornerstone homeless, successfully move into permanent housing.

We are glad to announce, that the number of people that have been housed this year so far is up by 29 percent! Already 24 families and their children, and 51 single men and women, all of whom stayed in one of CCO’s shelters moved from homelessness to permanent housing. That’s 9 more families and 16 more men and women than this time last year.

All of this can only be accomplished by your support, the hard work of the people finding home, and Cornerstone’s staff. Please consider donating today to help this wonderful work continue, and more people find home.

A donation of $4 per day can provide these wonderful, successful services for the homeless in Chicago. Donate Today!