We’re looking back at Team CCO 2012. Click the image to view our photo gallery from last years marathon and consider supporting Team CCO 2013. This year we have an even bigger group of dedicated volunteers willing to run 26.2 miles to help alleviate homelessness in Chicago.
Since 1989, Cornerstone Community Outreach has sheltered over 25,000 individuals. We have rejoiced with many families and individuals who have moved into stable, permanent housing. We look forward to many more successful endings at CCO.
If you would like to donate to CCO’s shelter programs click on the Donate Now button. Thank you for your support!
As many of you know, a portion of our shelter budget comes from the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services. We are experiencing a slowdown in the contract process and it is having an effect on our program budget. Due to the delay, we are experiencing an ever tightening operating budget. We need a boost to get us through this anticipated delay. Please consider contributing to this very urgent and current need. We appreciate whatever you can give.
Last year, over 274 people obtained their birth certificates and 100 people got their Illinois State I.D.’s though Cornerstone Community Outreach. New residents often come to CCO without identification due to frequent moves, theft or other issues. It is critical to begin the process early because basic identification is a vital tool in breaking the cycle of homelessness without it many are unable to obtain subsidized housing, employment training, needed benefits, and other essentials.
We are grateful to you, our donors, for providing the funds to pay for so many birth certificates and Illinois State I.D.’s in 2012. This simple step puts our residents on the path to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Thank you!
Our new playground surface has arrived thanks to a generous donation from a family foundation. In May 2012, the CCO rooftop playground got additional equipment. The new surface will improve the play space and provide a safe, fun environment for our shelter families. Thank you!
Our shelter residents travel far and wide to attend employment training, job interviews, court dates, counseling appointments and countless other essential engagements. By attending these appointments our residents are taking critical steps to stabilize their lives. This month the Chicago Transit Authority has greatly increased the cost of 1-Day, 3-Day and 7-Day Passes.
Are you interested in purchasing fare cards for our residents? If you would like to help our residents in this way send an email to email@example.com. Thank you!
Today we are congratulating Eliud! A former CCO resident, Eliud has been successfully (and happily) housed for over 4 months. He told us he feels like a king in his very own castle! Clearly, he’s overjoyed with his studio apartment and we are happy to have him stop by for a visit.
Your donation makes a world of difference for people who need temporary shelter to get back to on their feet. You can donate by clicking on the Donate Now button below.
We are quickly approaching the December 31 tax deadline for donations. We ask that you continue your commitment to alleviating homelessness in Chicago. We are privileged to work with a diverse range of people. From newborns to senior citizens, individuals to large families, we are dedicated to walking alongside everyone who comes to us in need. Join us in this critical work by making a donation today. Thank you!
We are quickly approaching the December 31 tax deadline for donations. We ask that you continue your commitment to alleviating homelessness in Chicago. We are privileged to work with a diverse range of people. From newborns to senior citizens, individuals to large families, we are dedicated to walking alongside everyone who comes to us in need.
Some of our needs are structural.This spring, tuckpointing work that we knew would eventually be needed became immediately necessary for our 106-year-old Sylvia Center building, and with this first phase of work came a $42,000 bill. The construction needs were pressing and the repairs were done quickly and effectively. A second phase of tuckpointing is expected in 2013, which will bring the total cost to approximately $100,000. These costs have greatly diminished our general funds.
CCO matters in the day-to-day lives of the homeless families and individuals we serve. The shelter gives our residents a place to rebuild their lives and recover from the difficulties of homelessness.
Join us in this critical work by making a donation today. Thank you!