Five Families Housed!

CCO Family

Recently, five families sheltered at CCO moved into permanent housing! We are proud to see the determination of our shelter guests and the assistance and support of our case management team in reaching this excellent goal!

CCO provides shelter for families of all descriptions. Unusual family arrangements often have difficulty finding shelter space. Fathers with children struggle to find shelter placement. CCO welcome dads with kids and has been a part of their amazing success stories. To read Lydell’s success story click here.

Safe shelter, nutritious meals and intensive case management services matter in the lives of homeless men, women and children. Help us continue to serve Chicago’s most vulnerable population. Consider donating today!

Thank you!

First Day of School!

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Today is the first day of school for over 100 children sheltered with their families at CCO. Education is a stabilizing force for families experiencing homelessness. At CCO, we work with parents to make the transition to school as smooth as possible.Our yearly back-to-school event gives all our school age kids a chance to choose a backpack and supplies, participate in games, enjoy treats and listen to motivational speakers.

We wish our kids their best school year yet!

Congratulations Collins Family

Collins Family

Congratulations Collins Family!

Patricia, Rodney (not pictured) and their two beautiful boys are moving from CCO’s Sylvia Center Family Shelter into permanent housing this week. We have been privileged to get to know you and look forward to staying in touch!

Bridging the gap between homelessness and housing is critical in the lives of many families and individuals. CCO provides safe shelter to families and works with them to secure training, employment or other funds that make permanent, stable housing possible. Join us in our efforts. Donate today!

Holiday Giving

Christmas

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!

Good Things

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“Addressing homelessness, providing shelter, accepting people, finding home.”

CCO donors, volunteers and staff have helped us shelter over 1,100 people and serve over 200,000 meals in 2012. For a little more than $1 a day we can provide 3 nutritious meals to one shelter guest. For a little less than $15 a day CCO can provide “wrap-around services” such as, safe shelter, meals and critical case management services to one shelter guest.

Be part of the good things that are happening at CCO!

 

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!

CeaseFire at CCO

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“Treating the contagion of violence.” – CeaseFire

Last night, CeaseFire staff member Anthony Doss came to CCO to hold a discussion with 11- 17 year-olds and their parents. Anthony listened to the teens and gave them tools to interrupt the violence that they experience on the street.

CCO staff member, Mary Davenport, organized the event and felt that the conversation was fun, honest and helpful. CCO is privileged to work with an agency that has been so effective in the non-violent movement. CeaseFire will be returning to CCO soon to meet with more residents. Thank you, Anthony and CeaseFire Chicago!

If you would like to know more about CeaseFire and their efforts to cure violence click here.

New Shoes from Senator Steans!

New shoes for the first day of school! We are deeply grateful to Senator Heather Steans for purchasing brand new back-to-school shoes for each of the children at CCO! Students and their parents were excited to begin the new year in style. Thanks again, Senator Steans!