Our Executive Director

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CCO has a long history of women in leadership. Sandy Ramsey has led our organization for nearly 30 years. Recently, Sandy captured the philosophy and hope that CCO tries to bring to all its programs and services.
“We assist people and work with them as they recover from the hardships of homelessness while helping them restore their God given-worth and self-esteem.”

Team CCO Needs You!

Team CCO

Only 24 days until the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Team CCO is training hard and fund raising for the big event! If you are interested in supporting our team by working in the CCO Charity Tent or by providing some nutritious snacks for our runners contact Eve at eve@ccolife.org.

Marathon day snacks include:

-watermelon

-bananas

-grapes

-pretzel sticks

-licorice sticks

-coffee (for the volunteers in the tent)

-spray bottles

The Team needs your support! If you would like to date directly to a runner click here.

Thank you!

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!

Donate Your Gently-Used Items!

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A bed in our family shelter program.

Little things mean a lot. This is especially true for persons in need. Homelessness is a challenge for families and individuals alike. Fresh, colorful bedding, hygiene items, safe shelter, nutritious meals, all make a new shelter guest feel welcome and cared for. CCO accepts donations of gently-used and new items at 4628 N. Clifton, 7 days a week from 8am-7pm.

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!

Team CCO

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Team CCO 2013, Paddy is pictured in the center with a white cap.

Do you know anyone who has run 9 marathons in 9 days? We do! Long-time Cornerstone Community Outreach (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 30 fabulous runners are registered to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of CCO’s shelter guests.

Learn more about Team CCO here.

To view this years runners and to financially donate to Team CCO click here.

Why support CCO? Cornerstone Community Outreach provides safe shelter, nutritious meals and intensive case management services for over 300 men, women and children. Your donation dollars make a difference in the lives of homeless families and individuals!

Thank you!

Make Dine Out Plans!

CCO Dine OutMake plans to dine out tomorrow! CCO is hosting its first ever dinner fund raising event. “An Extra Helping for the Homeless” is a fun way to support homeless services and help alleviate hunger in Chicago. Tomorrow, July 22 participating Chicago restaurants will be donating 5-25% of their meal tabs to CCO. This will be at no added cost to the diner.

Check out the list of participating restaurants here. Please note that Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s require you to bring a flier. The link to the flier can be found next to the store logo or click here for Giordano’s Flier or here for Lou Malnati’s Flier. Just print and dine!

Thanks for supporting CCO in this new and exciting way!

Read our Article on DNA Info!

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On July 22, CCO is hosting a dine out fund raising event at participating restaurants across Chicago. Adeshina Emmanuel, DNA journalist, wrote about the “Extra Helping for the Homeless” benefit. Read his article here.

If you haven’t already made plans to dine out on July 22 choose from the growing list of restaurants supporting Cornerstone Community Outreach. From 5 – 25% of your dining tab will be donated to CCO at no added expense to the diner. Take your family out for a delicious meal and help alleviate hunger and homelessness in Chicago!