Christmas is around the corner! We are looking forward to celebrating the holidays with all our shelter guests. With over 100 children and many parents and single adults it takes a lot of effort to make the holidays shine.
Please consider donating today. Your contribution will make a difference in the day to day lives of homeless families and it will make the holidays a little brighter.
The 2013 CCO Fall Frenzy was fabulous! Our families with children had a great time! We want to say a special thank you to all our staff and volunteers who made the event possible and Nathan Cameron for taking portraits during the Frenzy! Check out the photo album to see some of the fun…
Calling all Costumes! We are looking for gently-used costumes or wrapped store-bought treats for our Fall Frenzy party! Donations can be dropped off at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue. See the front desk staff person for assistance. Thank you!
We are looking for gently-used dress-ups and costumes! Princess, Ninja Turtle, Elvis, whatever…if you have an old ensemble that you won’t be wearing this year, consider donating it to CCO. The kids will put it to good use at their Fall Frenzy part! Donated items can be dropped off at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago. Thank you!
WIC, provides healthy-food vouchers, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to roughly 9 million poor American women and their children. Many of our homeless families receive nutritious food and baby formula from this valuable program. The WIC program will no longer be providing this essential service by the end of the week due to the shutdown of the Federal Government. CCO will try to bridge huge gap that the loss of this program will create.
Consider donating today. Click on the ‘Donate’ button on the right. Thank you!
Last night, CeaseFire staff member Anthony Doss came to CCO to hold a discussion with 11- 17 year-olds and their parents. Anthony listened to the teens and gave them tools to interrupt the violence that they experience on the street.
CCO staff member, Mary Davenport, organized the event and felt that the conversation was fun, honest and helpful. CCO is privileged to work with an agency that has been so effective in the non-violent movement. CeaseFire will be returning to CCO soon to meet with more residents. Thank you, Anthony and CeaseFire Chicago!
If you would like to know more about CeaseFire and their efforts to cure violence click here.
New shoes for the first day of school! We are deeply grateful to Senator Heather Steans for purchasing brand new back-to-school shoes for each of the children at CCO! Students and their parents were excited to begin the new year in style. Thanks again, Senator Steans!
“11:05am, December 4, 2002, he was born. Lydell Doss, III, arrived breach with his brown eyes wide open. It was beautiful to see his first movements and to hear his new born cries. One day later I would be crying in disbelief…”
Take a moment and read Lydell’s story, “I Decided to Stay.” It is a moving account of a father’s love for his son and his struggle to create a home for him.
Click here to read Lydell’s story or to choose from other CCO success stories click here.
Help CCO continue to serve and shelter families and individuals in need. Click here to donate today. Thank you!
From right: Sandy Ramsey, Margeurite Brown, Karen Warne, Eddie Bocanegra, Mindy Taylor
Northeaster Illinois University Alumni Association
This is my year!
Brand new backpacks for everyone!
This is my year!
Backpacks for all the everyone!
Kuumba Lynx performance group!
Eddie Bocanegra inspired CCO’s families.
The Cat in the Hat joined in on the fun!
Kuumba Lynx entertained everyone.
CCO Executive Director, Sandy Ramsey and Alderman James Cappelman.
The facepainting station was busy!
CCO’s Back-to-School Bash was a huge success! Many CCO staff and volunteers worked hard to make the event fun and motivating for our families.
Once again the Cat in the Hat MC’ed the festivities and gave away some Dr. Seuss books. Eddie Bocanegra from the documentary, The Interrupters, encouraged everyone to pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles they encounter. His words were encouraging and inspiring. We enjoyed the performance art provided by Kuumba Lynx, a local youth movement that brings dance, poetry and positive motivation to their audiences. Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association not only gave away new backpacks but have been gathering and shopping for them for weeks! Thank you! The face painting station was packed with excited children. Every school aged child chose a gift from the toy give away table. We were glad to see 46th Ward Alderman, James Cappelman attending the event and joining in on the fun.
Three hundred delicious Ann Sather’s sandwiches were provided by Alderman Tom Tunney for families to enjoy. Representative Jan Schkowsky provided the funds to purchase Pizza Hut pizza’s for our shelter guests and Tony, Store Manager for Lawrence Pizza Hut donated 20 more! Once again, Senator Heather Stearns generously donated money to purchase shoes for everyone of CCO’s school age children! The Wilson Yard Target provided CCO with bottled water and juice boxes for the event.
We want to say a special thank you to all our volunteers. The First Romanian Baptist Church of Chicago’s Outbreak graciously helped serve treats at this years event. Volunteers from Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church distributed toys and ran the face painting station.
So many wonderful donors and volunteers worked together to make this Back-to-School Bash the very best yet! Thank you so much!