2016 Marathon Album! Get Inspired!

Commitment, motivation, and inspiration are just a few of the words that describe  Team CCO at this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Every member of the team “wowed” us with their commitment to crossing the finish line. They motivated us to support homeless services and inspired us to give! We want to extend our deepest thanks to each member of the team who endured 26.2 miles to help families and individuals who are sheltered at CCO. Every step you took brought someone closer to permanent housing.  You have truly inspired us!

We also want to thank the support team who cheered everyone on at the Charity Block Tent. Your encouragement kept the team on the road to the finish line!

Are you inspired? Registration for the 2017 Chicago Marathon is open from October 25 – November 29, 2016. Contact Andrew at teamcco@ccolife.org or visit the Team CCO page to request more information. Not a runner? It’s not too late to give to the team that supports those sheltered at CCO. Visit the Team CCO CrowdRise page by clicking here.

Click the album below to view the Team CCO 2016 Marathon photo album.


Run for Shelter!

Team CCOIt’s only 4 days until the 13 members of Team CCO step over the starting line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Members will be running 26.2 miles  to make a difference for those sheltered at CCO! Now that’s commitment! You can help alleviate homelessness by donating today.

Since it origins, Team CCO has raised over $66,000 through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Half Marathon, Shamrock Shuffle, Triathlon, and Mud Run. These dollars have helped provide nutritious food, safe shelter, and supportive services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Donations made through Team CCO have helped those sheltered at CCO to move from homelessness to housing.

Are you Experiencing Homelessness?

Park BenchAre you experiencing homelessness? If you are in the City of Chicago, call 311 and let the operator know that you are homeless and in need of shelter. Let them know if you have children in your care and/or a spouse. If you are not able to make a 311 call, go to the nearest hospital emergency room, police station, or fire department. Once you are at one of these locations inform staff that you or your family need shelter. They will arrange for Department of Family and Support Services driver to take you to a shelter with available space.

You may feel alone but know that many people have been in your situation and made it through to safe shelter and housing. Getting help is the first step.

Expedia Cares!

Expedia Cares 2016Expedia Cares about teens experiencing homelessness. On Thursday, September 26th an outstanding group of Expedia employees came to CCO for a volunteer day. They worked tirelessly through the 88 degree heat and transformed an unused area into an arts and crafts space for teens at the Sylvia Center. The group worked extremely hard carrying and lifting huge items out of storage and arranging them in the new space. They completed their project with a fresh coat of paint. As a bonus, the teens sheltered at CCO were able to choose the paint color!

Families and individuals sheltered at CCO have greatly benefited from the Expedia volunteer days. We want to say a special thanks to Amelia Gresko and Dipak Patel, both are Sr. Market Managers with Expedia and they have been key contact people for volunteer days, donations, and support.
Thank you Expedia!

To view a photo album of Expedia’s 2015 volunteer work click here.

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Expedia Cares 2016

Hang Up & Help Out!

The Street StoreSearch your closet, dig through the basement, and join us at the Street Store this Saturday! The Street Store collaborates with local non-profits across the world to create a free outdoor clothing market. Donors can come and hang up their gently-used goods and our neighbors in need can choose from available items.

Bring your gently-used clothing and shoes to Weiss Hospital parking lot on Saturday, October 1 from 9-2:30pm. Click here to go the Street Store website and learn how this non-profit organization has helped impoverished people all over the world. All items remaining after The Street Store closes will go to the Cornerstone Freestore.

Hope to see you there!



Hunger Awareness Month

Hunger Slider - Copy“For now I ask no more than the justice of eating.”
— Pablo Neruda, Chilean Poet, Nobel Prize Winner

Join CCO in the fight against hunger in Chicago, where 1 in 6 people experience hunger and food insecurity. What is food insecurity? It’s when a person does not know whether they will be able to eat their next meal or meals because of lack of money.

At CCO, we are committed to offering nutritious meals to the hundreds of families and individuals who are sheltered with us. Food is a critical element in stabilizing a person’s health so that they are able to attend school, begin to recover from trauma, complete job training, access housing, and care for themselves and their family. In addition to our shelter guests, the CCO Food Pantry offers groceries to over 150 households each week.

Please consider making a donation to CCO today that will benefit those we serve and help them along the road to wellness. Click here to visit our donation page.

Can’t donate at this time? You can get involved by volunteering your time at CCO. We truly couldn’t fight poverty in Chicago without an army of valuable volunteers working alongside us. Serving meals, taking out the trash, cleaning, planting flowers, doing dishes, many hands make light work. Click here to visit our volunteer page.

Would you like to donate goods? Our CCO Free Store offers clothing and household items free of charge to everyone sheltered with us and many of our neighbors in need. The majority of the families and individuals who come to CCO for the first time have no income. Free clothing and shoes are necessary essentials. Gently-used items can be dropped off at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago.

Are you an amateur athlete? CCO’s charitable fitness group, Team CCO, offers a fundraising avenue for those would like to run, walk, or climb their way to a better world. Click here to see what charitable fitness options are available to you.

Do you have a creative idea that will help people experiencing homelessness? Feel free to contact us at info@ccolife.org to make an inquiry.

Team CCO Triathlon Photo Album

Congratulations to the members of Team CCO who competed in this years Chicago Triathlon! The triathlon was a new charitable fitness option in 2016 and it was a great success! The team raised over $1,700 through swimming, cycling, and running for the families and individuals sheltered at CCO.

It’s not too late to donate! Visit the Team CCO CrowdRise page to support the team that supports for CCO.

Eve shared about her motivation to get through the grueling  biking section of the Chicago Triathlon:

 “I never realized how many hills are on Lake Shore Drive but riding up them, after swimming a half mile, I sure noticed! At first I was cursing those hills with my legs on fire, but then I realized homeless people sleep under these bridges. This is an overpass, this is why I am doing this because people sleep under overpasses when what they really need is shelter and a home. So those hills became an opportunity to pray, for each man, woman and child that has to sleep under there, in a shelter family room, or in a bunk bed in an open dorm. The cycling piece of this triathlon was a little slow but it was filled with joy, peace, and the presence of God. I am happy I took the time to be present to the pain. It was a good reminder of why I chose to do this race.”

The members of Team CCO are everyday people like you and I who wish to use fitness and athletic competitions to feed, clothe, and provide safe shelter to those in need. Are you interested in joining the Team? Click here to learn more.


Help Make CCO’s Back-to-School Bash Great!

Back To School

Are you interested in donating to really great cause? This Thursday we will be hosting CCO’s Back-to-School Bash! Consider making a donation today that will help cover the cost of backpacks, shoes, party and school supplies.

Over 150 children are sheltered at CCO with their families. 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.

Kicks For Kids!

Back-to-SchoolKicks For Kids!

Over 150 children are sheltered with their families at CCO. Many of them leave CCO each morning and head to school. Will you consider making a generous donation that would allow us to buy a new pair of shoes for each of our school-age children? Help our kids start their school year off right!

Please donate today!

Over 10,000 Pounds of Food!

Thank you to everyone who walked for CCO at this years Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) Hunger Walk. Those who joined us for the Hunger Walk helped to create over 10,000 pounds of food from the GCFD for CCO shelter guests and food pantry patrons.

Each day over 350 men, women, and children are sheltered at CCO. The CCO dining room offers nutritious meals to all our shelter guests. Each week over 150 households visit the CCO Food Pantry to choose from healthy grocery items.

If you weren’t able to join us for the Hunger Walk you can still make a donation that will make a difference for those we shelter. Safe shelter, nutritious meals, and intensive case management services, are a critical part of the services CCO offers to the families and individuals sheltered with us. Consider donating today!