Birthdays are a special time at CCO. Every child who has a birthday while being sheltered with us receives new toys, a cake (of their choosing), and a lot of sweet congratulations! Be a part of making important birthday parties happen by donating new, unopened cake mixes (all kinds), canned icing, birthday candles, and cake decoration. To organize a drop-off time please email Eve at email@example.com.
Thanks to all our wonderful donors who have dropped off birthday items so far this year!
Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
— George Washington Carver
School will soon begin for the children sheltered with their families at CCO. This year CCO has partnered with Santa Program to help fund raise for new shoes for CCO’s school-age children. CCO shelters over 100 children, many of whom need shoes to begin their academic year right. Please help us meet this need by visiting Santa Program’s website. You will find more information about the ways your gently-used shoes could go to a child in need or you could make a financial donation toward school shoes.
Santa Program is at it again, making a difference for the children!
Back to School New Shoes Fundraising Program.
“We’re fundraising to buy new back to school shoes for as many of the children at CCO as we can this year.
All donations through the link on this page will be used by the social workers to take the neediest of children on a shopping spree to buy one pair of new shoes (and maybe a pair of new socks if we raise enough money). We all know the back to school shopping is chaotic, but please take a moment to help at least one child start the new year with a brand new pair of shoes.” *
The staff, volunteers, and residents of CCO would like to wish you a very Happy Father’s Day! CCO is proud to welcome homeless father’s with children. Fathers often find it difficult to access shelter space because many shelters are designed for single adults, or women with children. It has been our privilege to assist dads with kids as they stabilize their families and work toward permanent housing.
Take a moment to visit Our Stories and scroll down to choose a success story featuring a father who has secured permanent housing for himself and his children. Pictured above is Lydell, a friend and former CCO resident, who worked against the odds to make a home for himself and Little Lydell (also pictured). Take a minute to read their story.
Happy Father’s Day! We hope you have a great weekend!
Special thanks to Helle Family who join us each year for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk 5k. The Helle Families walk creates a 1,070 food credit for CCO. The credit from our walkers ensures that our shelter guests eat warm, nutritious meals, and groceries are given to our food pantry patrons. Visit our Hunger Walk page to register to walk or donate today!
The walk begins on June 20th at 8am at Soldier Field. The course weaves through Chicago’s beautiful lakefront paths. Help fight hunger in Chicago by joining us for the Hunger Walk! Thanks!
This weekend five members of Team CCO will be testing their endurance at the Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race. For a glimpse at what the team is willing to withstand to raise money and awareness for CCO and our homeless shelter guests, watch this YouTube video. The Heavy Hoist, Monster Climb, Mud Pit, Terrible Tires, Rock Wall, and Sand Bag Haul, are just a few of the 20+ obstacles awaiting the team on Sunday.
This Saturday, May 16th Cornerstone had the pleasure of participating in Northwestern University’s Day of Service. Their slogan for the day was “I give back” and that is exactly what they did. This group of 22 students paid no heed to the oppressive humidity or warm temperatures as they gave their all at sorting mounds of clothing donations.
Five flights of stairs to the Free Store? No problem. In two and a half hours this group sorted, labeled and transported 103 boxes and bags of clothing, shoes and accessories, filled 3 bins for clothing recycling, and effectively blew one Volunteer Coordinator’s expectations out of the water. These rockstars of service accomplished in just a few short hours what would have taken staff members weeks to accomplish on their own. Thank you Northwestern University for choosing to serve at Cornerstone Community Outreach with such an exceptional team of volunteers!
Does the idea of walking along the Chicago’s beautiful lakefront sound good to you? On June 20th the Hunger Walk 5k will kick off at Soldier Field. Each walker creates a 214 pounds food credit for CCO at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. These food items feed our shelter guests, food pantry attendees, and neighbors in need. Follow the link to join!
Do you have questions? Email Eve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go directly to our Hunger Walk Team Page to join or donate by clicking here.
Learn more about the Hunger Walk by clicking here.
Since the mid-1980’s CCO has sheltered mothers with children. We are grateful for the privilege to shelter and serve homeless moms and kids. We’d like to say, Happy Mother’s Day, to all the mom’s sheltered at CCO and all the mom’s who support them.
Visit Our Stories and read about one of our successfully housed families.
The Chicago Police Department and Mariano’s Grocery Stores have joined forces to help fight hunger in Chicago. Shop at Mariano’s – Edgewater located at 5201 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago and purchase a pre-stuffed $5 or $10 bag of groceries that will go to one of food pantry patrons.