Shunta. Domestic violence survivor. CCO shelter guest. Mother and grandmother. Shunta speaks about her life, her family and her thoughts about love.
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!
“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!
“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 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!
CCO’s Back-to-School Bash was a huge success! Many CCO staff and volunteers worked hard to make the event fun and motivating for our families.
Once again the Cat in the Hat MC’ed the festivities and gave away some Dr. Seuss books. Eddie Bocanegra from the documentary, The Interrupters, encouraged everyone to pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles they encounter. His words were encouraging and inspiring. We enjoyed the performance art provided by Kuumba Lynx, a local youth movement that brings dance, poetry and positive motivation to their audiences. Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association not only gave away new backpacks but have been gathering and shopping for them for weeks! Thank you! The face painting station was packed with excited children. Every school aged child chose a gift from the toy give away table. We were glad to see 46th Ward Alderman, James Cappelman attending the event and joining in on the fun.
Three hundred delicious Ann Sather’s sandwiches were provided by Alderman Tom Tunney for families to enjoy. Representative Jan Schkowsky provided the funds to purchase Pizza Hut pizza’s for our shelter guests and Tony, Store Manager for Lawrence Pizza Hut donated 20 more! Once again, Senator Heather Stearns generously donated money to purchase shoes for everyone of CCO’s school age children! The Wilson Yard Target provided CCO with bottled water and juice boxes for the event.
We want to say a special thank you to all our volunteers. The First Romanian Baptist Church of Chicago’s Outbreak graciously helped serve treats at this years event. Volunteers from Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church distributed toys and ran the face painting station.
So many wonderful donors and volunteers worked together to make this Back-to-School Bash the very best yet! Thank you so much!
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
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.
Looking for some summer reading? We are always adding success stories to the archive at CCOlife. So, if you want to read a truly encouraging stories browse the list of residents stories at “Our Stories”.