It is our privileged to shelter homeless veterans every night but once a year we go all out to honor our veterans at the CCO Veteran’s Day Dinner.
This year, 92 year old Tuskegee Airmen, Virgil M. Poole Sr. graced us with his presence and words of encouragement. Our veterans were honored with a delicious soul food meal and music provided by Pierre & Louise Walker of St. Sabina Church. All of CCO’s shelter guests enjoyed the meal and festivities but a few tables were set up and decorated especially for our veterans.
This week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Take a moment to consider the men and women who served the United States in the armed forces. Many of these men and women are homeless and in need of safe shelter and supportive services. We have had the joy of seeing veterans stabilize their lives and move into permanent housing. Become a part of the good things that are happening at CCO. Volunteer or donate today.
Homelessness & Hunger Awareness Week has begun. Do you want to help alleviate hunger and homelessness in Chicago? If so, consider donating your time, talents or funds to help improve the lives of CCO’s shelter guests.
Each night CCO shelters over 300 women, men and families. Over 150 households take healthy foods home from our food pantry program each week.
Poverty issues like hunger and homelessness can seem large and overwhelming. It is easy to assume that our individual efforts won’t have an impact. While no agency or individual has all the answers, CCO and many other organizations are working hard to help alleviate homelessness and fill the hungry. Join us in our efforts to provide nutritious meals, safe shelter and valuable services to our homeless families and individuals. Consider donating today. Thank you!
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!
The night before I came to CCO I slept out on a park bench. I said I would never stay in a shelter. And what did God do? He put me right in a shelter and blessed me there.
I thought people in a shelter had to sleep on the floor. I was afraid that people would steal my stuff and that it would be dirty. I thought I would have to leave in the early morning and stay out all day. Naomi House has been totally different. I have a case manager, three meals a day, I didn’t have to sleep on the floor or leave during the day. It isn’t dirty. I’ve improved mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
It would be difficult to talk to Carla and miss her determination and gratitude. She recently found out that after months of hard work she has an apartment!
Recently, I got a housing call and I was told, ‘It’s a go. Start packing!’ I have a place and I’m so excited about my little apartment. It’s perfect for me. And it makes me think about how good God is!
Naomi House and CCO’s other shelter programs rely on your donation dollars to operate. To donate today click on the Donate Now button at the top of the page. Thank you!
Recently, Hunt.Fish.Feed. came to CCO to prepare and serve salmon and venison tacos to our shelter guests. It was a delicious meal.
The following is a thank you note to Hunt.Fish.Feed from one of our shelter residents.
“Thank you so much for taking the time to fix us a special dinner. The tacos were really good. I thought they were made with ground beef (LOL)! This was the first time I tasted salmon. It went well with the dill sauce and lemon juice. It was delicious!”
Over 120 volunteers walked this years Hunger Walk on behalf of CCO!
Stuart Brown keeping it real at the Hunger Walk!
The Winter family walked for CCO and helped to alleviate hunger in Chicago. Their walk added 856 pounds of food to CCO’s food account with the Food Depository. Thank you! — with Andrew Winter and Genesis Winter in Chicago.
CCO Staff member, Darrell Thiessen and a few young walkers start out on the 3.1 mile course.
Young walkers joined in on the fun while supporting an important cause.
CCO Executive Director Sandy Ramsey and Governor Pat Quinn at the 28th Annual Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk.
Father and daughter Team CCO members, Tom and Moriah, joined us for the Hunger Walk. Thanks!
Some of the cutest walkers needed a rest.
Families with small children enjoy the Hunger Walk while making a difference for Chicago’s most vulnerable populations. Thank you!
Carl and Sarah Sullivan crossing the finish line!
Over 120 fabulous CCO volunteers walked 3.1 miles at this years Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk. Over 25,000 pounds of food will go to our shelter residents, food pantry patrons and dinner guests who count on CCO for nutritious meals! We are so grateful to everyone who joined us for this fun event!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to everyone who walked for CCO or made a donation into our food account. We are grateful!