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We want to applaud the Human Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for standing up against ordinances that criminalize homelessness. Attorney’s  for the Justice Department argued that homeless persons sleeping outside are having their 8th Amendment rights violated by ordinances against them.

“Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity — i.e., it must occur at some time in some place. If a person literally has nowhere else to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless,” the filing stated.
“Criminally prosecuting those individuals for something as innocent as sleeping, when they have no safe, legal place to go, violates their constitutional rights,” Vanita Gupta, the head of the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice, said in a statement.

To read the entire court document click here.

To learn more the criminalization of food sharing and public sleeping from the National Coalition for the Homeless click here.

Education is the key…

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
— George Washington Carver

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School will soon begin for the children sheltered with their families at CCO. This year CCO has partnered with Santa Program to help fund raise for new shoes for CCO’s school-age children. CCO shelters over 100 children, many of whom need shoes to begin their academic year right. Please help us meet this need by visiting Santa Program’s website. You will find more information about the ways your gently-used shoes could go to a child in need or you could make a financial donation toward school shoes.

 

Happy Father’s Day!

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The staff, volunteers, and residents of CCO would like to wish you a very Happy Father’s Day! CCO is proud to welcome homeless father’s with children. Fathers often find it difficult to access shelter space because many shelters are designed for single adults, or women with children. It has been our privilege to assist dads with kids as they stabilize their families and work toward permanent housing.

Take a moment to visit Our Stories and scroll down to choose a success story featuring a father who has secured permanent housing for himself and his children. Pictured above is Lydell, a friend and former CCO resident, who worked against the odds to make a home for himself and Little Lydell (also pictured). Take a minute to read their story.

Happy Father’s Day! We hope you have a great weekend!

1,070 Pounds of Food?

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Special thanks to Helle Family who join us each year for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk 5k. The Helle Families walk creates a 1,070 food credit for CCO. The credit from our walkers ensures that our shelter guests eat warm, nutritious meals, and groceries are given to our food pantry patrons. Visit our Hunger Walk page to register to walk or donate today!

The walk begins on June 20th at 8am at Soldier Field. The course weaves through Chicago’s beautiful lakefront paths. Help fight hunger in Chicago by joining us for the Hunger Walk! Thanks!

Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race

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This weekend five members of Team CCO will be testing their endurance at the Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race. For a glimpse at what the team is willing to withstand to raise money and awareness for CCO and our homeless shelter guests, watch this YouTube video. The Heavy Hoist, Monster Climb, Mud Pit, Terrible Tires, Rock Wall, and Sand Bag Haul, are just a few of the 20+ obstacles awaiting the team on Sunday.

Help these guys reach their goal! The team set a fundraising goal of $3,000. Help them reach their goal by donating toward their race. Thank you!

“I Give Back”

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This Saturday, May 16th Cornerstone had the pleasure of participating in Northwestern University’s Day of Service. Their slogan for the day was “I give back” and that is exactly what they did. This group of 22 students paid no heed to the oppressive humidity or warm temperatures as they gave their all at sorting mounds of clothing donations.
Five flights of stairs to the Free Store? No problem. In two and a half hours this group sorted, labeled and transported 103 boxes and bags of clothing, shoes and accessories, filled 3 bins for clothing recycling, and effectively blew one Volunteer Coordinator’s expectations out of the water. These rockstars of service accomplished in just a few short hours what would have taken staff members weeks to accomplish on their own. Thank you Northwestern University for choosing to serve at Cornerstone Community Outreach with such an exceptional team of volunteers!
– Sarah Wright,
Cornerstone Volunteer Coordinator

Join us for the 30th Annual Hunger Walk

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Does the idea of walking along the Chicago’s beautiful lakefront sound good to you? On June 20th the Hunger Walk 5k will kick off at Soldier Field. Each walker creates a 214 pounds food credit for CCO at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. These food items feed our shelter guests, food pantry attendees, and neighbors in need. Follow the link to join!

Do you have questions? Email Eve at eve@ccolife.org.

Go directly to our Hunger Walk Team Page to join or donate by clicking here.

Learn more about the Hunger Walk by clicking here.

Thank you!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Since the mid-1980’s CCO has sheltered mothers with children. We are grateful for the privilege to shelter and serve homeless moms and kids. We’d like to say, Happy Mother’s Day, to all the mom’s sheltered at CCO and all the mom’s who support them.

Visit Our Stories and read about one of our successfully housed families.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Children Experiencing Homelessness

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The National Coalition for the Homeless states that the average age of a homeless person in the U.S. is 9 years old. This number challenges a lot of the typical stereotypes that people associate with homelessness in America. Children who are homeless have special needs. Stability through on-going education, proper nutrition, and development through play space, can help lessen the burden of homelessness.

At CCO, we welcome homeless families of all kinds, mothers with children, fathers with children, couples with children, and three-generational families. Case managers compassionately work to assist families with school transfers or transportation, assessments and referrals for children struggling in an emotional or academic area, and assistance with specific challenges that may arise. We are privileged to take part in the successes of our shelter families. Consider making a donation today and be a part of helping to stabilize and strengthen the families sheltered at CCO! Thank you!

236,600 Plates of Nutritious Food!

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The 2013 Hunger and Homelessness Survey from the United States Conference of Mayors cited that 83% of cities had increased requests for food assistance and 91% reported that they had an increase in people asking for food assistance for the first time. This information confirms that many American’s experience food insecurity.

In 2014, CCO served over 236,600 plates of nutritious food and distributed over 7,500 bags of groceries. Be a part of CCO! Be a part of the fight against hunger!

Consider making a financial donation or volunteering today!