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!
“I stopped by the Epworth Church gym late last night (Thursday, February 27) to meet these folks who run the overnight men’s shelter in Uptown. They are on the front line combating poverty and mental illness.” – Sheila Simon, Illinois Lieutenant Governor
We want to thank Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon for spending the evening at CCO’s Epworth Shelter for men. We appreciate your support. Thank you!
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!
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.
Providing shelter matters. That is particularly true in the recent frigid weather. CCO staff work even harder during the colder season to make sure everyone is safe and indoors.
Join us in our efforts to see our homeless brother and sisters through this cold season. Volunteer or donate today! Thank you!
Take a moment to read what Archie had to say about trying to survive on the winter streets…
“First, you have to find a lot of blankets; at least 5 or 6, but 10 or 12 would be better. Try to keep them dry. Put on all your clothes, one layer on top of another. Find a place where the wind isn’t blowing too much, like a spot against a wall. Look for a hospital with warm air vents. And if it’s raining or snowing put some cardboard under you and get some shelter over you, like an awning or overhanging. Find some more people trying to survive, because you’ll stay warmer together. Take off your wet socks and anything else that’s wet or else you’ll freeze or get frostbite. Wrap up in all your blankets and put some over your head. You don’t worry about breathing because you’re so cold. The trick is to keep the air out.
If you can get a transit pass, your best bet is to ride the train. Try to find someone else to ride with you so one of you can sleep and one of you can watch your stuff. Keep your stuff on the inside seat and sit next to it. Get off the train before the end of the line so they don’t know you’re homeless or they’ll kick you off the next time you get on. Try to go unnoticed and switch trains so you can ride all night. It sounds crazy, I know, but you can do it, even when it’s below zero outside. You can make it.”
It is our privileged to shelter homeless veterans every night but once a year we go all out to honor our veterans at the CCO Veteran’s Day Dinner.
This year, 92 year old Tuskegee Airmen, Virgil M. Poole Sr. graced us with his presence and words of encouragement. Our veterans were honored with a delicious soul food meal and music provided by Pierre & Louise Walker of St. Sabina Church. All of CCO’s shelter guests enjoyed the meal and festivities but a few tables were set up and decorated especially for our veterans.
This week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Take a moment to consider the men and women who served the United States in the armed forces. Many of these men and women are homeless and in need of safe shelter and supportive services. We have had the joy of seeing veterans stabilize their lives and move into permanent housing. Become a part of the good things that are happening at CCO. Volunteer or donate today.
“I just found a job, so I’m a happy man because I feel more confident going to work!” -Rafael
The Cornerstone Barber Shop is open! Over 40 shelter guests received free, professional hair cuts at CCO this week. Six Chicago barbers donated their time and energy to serve our shelter guests in this very practical way.
CCO staff and residents want to say thank you to Orlando’s Hair Studio, Urbane Blades, and Hyde Park Hair Salon. Thank you to our very own, Charlene, who organized this fun and meaningful event complete with pizza and treats. Thank you!
In the month of October, over 40 single men and women in our shelter programs got referrals from CCO case managers to eye appointments at the Illinois Eye Institute. This is great news since many of our single shelter guests are senior citizens or have not had an eye exam in years. Thank you, Illinois Eye Institute!
The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that 33% of the male homeless population are veterans. Among these men, 89% had an Honorable Discharge.
We are grateful for the opportunity to work along side men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We have rejoiced with many residents who have obtained permanent housing with assistance from the case management team, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, and our partner agencies.
To learn more about homeless veterans in America click here.