It’s great to see Arturo in his brand new apartment! Congratulations!
It’s been an exciting week at CCO. Several of our single shelter guests have moved into permanent, stable housing. Five people found employment and two families moved into apartments this week from our family programs. We are grateful for all the success!
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.
“I stopped by the Epworth Church gym late last night (Thursday, February 27) to meet these folks who run the overnight men’s shelter in Uptown. They are on the front line combating poverty and mental illness.” – Sheila Simon, Illinois Lieutenant Governor
We want to thank Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon for spending the evening at CCO’s Epworth Shelter for men. We appreciate your support. Thank you!
What do you love to do? Knit? Paint? Run? Bake? Recently, we have had a growing number of CCO supporters who are doing good by doing what they love and donating a portion of their profits to help alleviate homelessness. Here is just one example…
Chicago potter, Chuck Escue, has been donating 50% of the profits from his hand-crafted earthenware items to Cornerstone Community Outreach. We think it’s a beautiful combination of art and generosity. Thank you, Chuck!
Winter has been here for a while and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon. The snow, ice and plunging temperature makes daily routines challenging. More than 100 children bundle up each morning and walk down the snowy sidewalks to school. Adult shelter guests make their way to important appointments, training programs and precious employment even when the weather poses an additional obstacle.
CCO case managers and support staff work each day to try to bridge the gap between homelessness and housing for everyone who comes through our doors. We’re proud of our shelter guests and the effort and determination that they bring to the many challenges they face.
Help us continue the valuable work of providing safe shelter, warm meals and vital case management services to our shelter guests. Donate or volunteer today! Thank you!
Team CCO is Cornerstone Community Outreach’s growing fitness charity team. Team members meet together, volunteer, and challenge themselves through training and fund raising for the families and individuals sheltered at CCO. These efforts directly benefit the lives of our shelter guests and help to alleviate homelessness in Chicago.
In the past, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been the centerpiece of Team CCO’s fitness year. This year the team is offering a broad range of charitable fitness options. They are:
This past year, 2013, has been filled with many adventures. Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) has been privileged to walk with many families and individuals as they pass through a very difficult time in their life. By the time they reach our doorstep, the majority of our shelter guests have lost everything. Unfortunately, some have suffered more loss than you and I can imagine and homelessness is just one more thing on their plate.
We are committed to partnering with our shelter guests through this time by assisting them in stabilizing their finances, housing, and ultimately their lives. It has been an honor to help those who come through our doors. It is an experience that we would not trade and we look forward to another year of serving those who are less fortunate.
Our mission at CCO is to help people recover from the hardships of homelessness with dignity while helping them restore their God-given worth and self-esteem.
In 2013, over 170 people moved into permanent housing from one of CCO’s shelter programs or through street outreach. It is always a joy to see former residents proudly showing off their new apartment keys!
Every donation helps bring our homeless families and individuals one step closer to stability and permanent housing. Will you consider donating today?
- Sandra Ramsey
Executive Director, Cornerstone Community Outreach