Homeless to Housed!

Robert Success

Great job, Robert! It’s good to see you with your new apartment keys. Congratulations!

CCO’s Shelter for Men provides bed space for 65 men each night. During the day men in the shelter program are offered intensive case management services, meals, on-site medical and mental health services, and a variety of services that meet the complex needs of each individual. Our goal is always stable, permanent housing.  And it is our privilege to see our shelter guests move from homeless to housed! Join us in our efforts to provide safe, beneficial shelter. Donate Today!

Thank you Pepsico and Quaker!

Pepsico & Quaker

We would like to thank the Pepsico company for their continued support of our programs here at CCO. In addition to sponsoring our monthly Men’s Barbershop Events, Pepsico also conducted a clothing drive which collected suits and business attire for our residents to wear for job interviews and apartment hunting.

Today we received a donation of 900 lbs. of Quaker Foods products from the Pepsico company. Good things are happening at CCO, and it’s the participation of our community partners that helps to make that happen! Thank you!

Homeless to Housed


In 2013, over 170 people moved into permanent housing from one of CCO’s shelter programs or through street outreach. We never get tired of seeing our former shelter guests showing off their apartment keys!

Consider donating today! Donors and volunteers are a vital part of the good that goes on at CCO. Thank you!

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Blankets for men

Tzu Chi Foundation of Chicago generously donated a large number blankets to the CCO men’s overnight shelter. Each man sheltered in our men’s program got a new blanket with some left over for future use.

During these cold months, warmth is a wonderful gift. Thank you!

To learn more about CCO’s shelters for homeless individuals, click here.

Holiday Giving


CCO staff, donors and volunteers work long and hard to make the holidays special for our shelter guests. That includes families with children and single men and women. Help us make the holidays bright! Monetary donations go a long way in filling the gaps in gift and goods donated to CCO.

Please consider making a donation today. Thank you!

Christmas at CCO

christmas dining room

Each year CCO staff and volunteers begin working before Thanksgiving planning and organizing Christmas parties and events for our shelter guests. Are you interested in donating new items for single women and men? New winter wear, toiletries and household items would be a real boost to our single shelter guests.

If you are interested in giving in this way contact Eve at eve@ccolife.org. Thank you!

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week


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!