Great News!

Successfully Housed

It’s great to see Arturo in his brand new apartment! Congratulations!

It’s been an exciting week at CCO. Several of our single shelter guests have moved into permanent, stable housing. Five people found employment and two families moved into apartments this week from our family programs. We are grateful for all the success!

Your donations make these successful moves possible. Please donate today!

Thank you!

Christmas is Coming…

CCO Christmas

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.

Thank you!

Resolve to Fight Poverty

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness

This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. How will you resolve to fight poverty in your community? Join CCO or your local non-profit to fight hunger and homelessness. Your efforts count.

Click here to read a CCO success story.

Click here if you want to learn more about volunteering at CCO.

Click here if you would like to donate to the work of CCO.

Thank you!

Calling All Costumes!

Fall Frenzy

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!

New Life for Old Bags

New Life for Old Bags

Take a moment to read this article about New Life for Old Bags (NLOB), a group of volunteers who knits plastic bags into mats for homeless people living outside. Creating mats for homeless individuals has a positive impact on the environment by keeping plastic out of landfills and waterways. The mats are lightweight and dry easily and are a comfort to people living outside. Thank you, New Life For Old Bags!


Paddy & Mikhel

This years marathon will be Paddy’s 31st!


Do you know anyone who has run 9 marathons in 9 days? We do! Long-time CCO supporter Patrick McCormack, has been running for over 17 years. He turned that love for the long road into an amazing CCO fund-raiser in 2010. That year Paddy began his journey on the steps of CCO. It continued through Chicago, along the Illinois & Michigan Canal, past miles of cornfields and finally ending in Central Illinois. There he was cheered across the finish line by friends and family!

Paddy’s radical fundraising endeavor turned into Team CCO. This year, over 70 people are registered to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of our shelter guests. Paddy and his daughter, Mikhel, will be among them. Paddy, Mikhel and the rest of Team CCO are fundraising through Crowdrise.

Most of us won’t be running a marathon anytime soon, but most of us can support Team CCO. Your donation dollars help homeless families and individuals stabilize their lives and find permanent housing.

To donate toward Paddy’s run click here.

To donate to Mikhel’s run click here.

Thank you!


Team CCO

Tom & Rebecca

Team CCO is ready to go! In less than one month rigorous training will end and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will begin for Team CCO runners. This year 73 dedicated people, motivated by a desire to support CCO’s shelter guests, have registered to run, jog or walk the 26.2 mile course. Learn more about these inspiring men and women and help them reach CCO’s fundraising goal!

Five Photographers Art Event

CCO would like to say thank you to Michelle Britton for putting together such an amazing gallery event last week!

Five Photographers : Five Visions of Social Justice was a success! Many prints for silent auction sold and the event was well attended.

Thank you to Alibi Fine Art Gallery who provided a beautiful and welcoming space for everyone to view the prints. And a huge thank you to photographers, Sandro, Jim Newberry, David Gremp, Fred Burkhart and Michelle Britton who donated prints and the patrons who purchased them! It was a great night!

You Are Invited!

David Gremp Uptown

Five Photographers : Five Visions of Social Justice

August 29, 2013 6:00pm One night only!

Alibi Fine Art Gallery

1966 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

(773) 454-1512

Silent Auction: Sandro, Fred Burkhart, Jim Newberry, David Gremp and Michelle Britton

$10 cover at the door will go directly to Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO).

David Gremp’s contribution (seen above) is taken from his Chicago 78/79 series created during a 12-month artist-in-residency with the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, a program that existed from 1977 to 1981. This program was federally funded by the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act which allowed the city to hire artists of varying disciplines, including musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, poets, playwrights, actors, filmmakers and photographers to enrich the city.