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.
Over 2,600 “shoppers” got clothing, household items and more at our Free Store in 2012. Your donated items allow us to offer this vital service to our residents and neighbors. Often families and individuals come to CCO with literally nothing but the clothes on their backs. The Free Store allows our residents and neighbors to get the items they need to begin to reestablishing their lives.
If you are interested in donating new or gently used items feel free to drop them off at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue, see the front desk personnel for assistance. Currently, the Free Store is looking for donations of maternity, plus-size, children’s clothes, socks and undergarments.
If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the programs and services that support CCO’s shelter residents click on the Donate Now button below.
Mothers with children, fathers with children, couples with children, inter-generational families, single women, single men, persons with physical challenges, all have a place at CCO.
“A July 2012 analysis by Chicago Coalition for the Homeless shows 105,338 Chicagoans were homeless in the course of the 2011-12 school year. This is 12% more than the 93,780 who were homeless a year earlier. The total is based, in part, on the rising enrollment of homeless students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).” – Chicago Coalition for the Homelessness
At Cornerstone we hope to bridge the gap between homelessness and housing for our residents. By providing safe shelter, nutritious meals, case management services, referrals, physical- and mental-health services and a free store. We try to meet the needs of our residents by meeting them where they’re at and assisting them in finding permanent housing. And it’s always a joy to witness residents achieving their goals and moving toward self-sufficiency.
Congratulations Team CCO! Today the number of team members is twice the number of participants in 2012. We’re looking forward to this years event and all the great things you will achieve on behalf of our shelter residents! Go Team!
There is less than one week til registration begins for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Event officials are predicting that race slots will fill within one day. Is this your year to join? Our team is growing and we are looking for even more committed volunteers. For more information about Team CCO click on the Team CCO tab above.
Last year, Team CCO raised homeless awareness and over $15,000 for Cornerstone Community Outreach. The teams fundraising efforts helped provide nutritious meals, safe shelter and essential case management services for our homeless guests. Join our team!
Click on the video clip above to find out why Team CCO 2012 runner, Corey Escue, participated in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Cornerstone Community Outreach. Corey will be running for Team CCO again this year. Registration opens at noon on Tuesday, February 19th, event slots are expected to fill within a day.
Find our more about this years exciting event and how you can get involved by clicking on the Team CCO tab above. By joining Team CCO you will be raising funds and awareness for homeless Chicagoans!
Run for the homeless by joining Team CCO! In just two weeks from today registration for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will open. Event planners estimate that registration will be filled within a day or two, so don’t delay!
Find out more information about Team CCO by clicking on the Team CCO tab above. You won’t regret it!
With $20,000 one generous family has set the foundation for our Accessibility Matching Grant Challenge. Many of our residents have chronic physical health problems or small children in strollers; some of our residents are aging or elderly. These and other circumstances make navigating the stairs especially challenging. Our long-awaited elevator is near completion, and with your donation our Sylvia Center shelter building will be fully accessible in 2013. Donate toward this exciting project and your gift will be doubled!