2013 Annual Report Is Here!

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To see the 2013 Annual Report click here.

The 2013 CCO Annual Report is here! Inside the Annual Report you will find a letter from our Executive Director, program and service information, encouraging stories from successful CCO alumni, 2013 awards, volunteer, donor and financial information.

On behalf of the staff and shelter guests of CCO, we would like to thank everyone who give time and funds in a variety of ways in 2013. Thank you!

THE LIVING NEWS: SHELTER/ CHICAGO

THE LIVING NEWS: SHELTER

Join us for THE LIVING NEWS: SHELTER/ CHICAGO, a play that investigates and informs the public on the lives of homeless men, women and families in Chicago. The play will be performed at CCO and at the Chicago Cultural Center with a panel discussion to follow. Click here for date and time information.

“Artists and journalists are working with policy-makers, social workers, and homeless men, women and children, to create THE LIVING NEWS: SHELTER — a play that propels citizens to examine the complicated terrain between flashy headline news and the often invisible worlds of those living homeless on American streets.”

Click here to be redirected for THE LIVING NEWS: SHELTER/ CHICAGO website.

Homeless “GoPro” in San Fransisco

“Adam Reichart and his new found friends want you to walk a few miles in his homeless shoes. Virtually. Through a video camera strapped to his chest,” reports the San Francisco Gate.

Adam, a homeless man living on the streets in San Francisco has been outfitted with a video device to help people understand the hardships and challenges of being homeless. “As for these guys, anything that helps people understand the homeless, maybe see us more as real people, is a good thing,” Reichart said. “So I’m in.”

Click here to read the full article and view photographs of the project.

To view edited footage of Adam’s experiences go to Homeless GoPro.

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Hunger Walk!

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Save the date! The Greater Chicago Food Depository is thrilled to announce that the 29th Annual Hunger Walk will take place June 21, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Join us and help alleviate hunger in Chicago. Keep checking back for more information!

To view last years photo album click here.

Help for Homeless Veterans

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“Veteran homelessness is down 24% since 2010,” according to the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. “VA cannot do it alone. Organizations and individuals in communities across the country are integral to providing services to Veterans and spreading the word about the resources VA provides to end and prevent homelessness among Veterans.”

CCO is proud to network and collaborate with the US Veteran’s Administration. Every other week VA workers come on-site and meet with veterans regarding housing, benefits, medical and mental health services.This statement if from the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.

To learn more about the Veteran Administrations “Help for Homeless Veterans Campaign, click here.

Homeless to Housed and Employed!

Congratulations Robert, Peaches, Patricia and family! The staff, volunteers, and residents of CCO never get weary of seeing CCO shelter guests proudly displaying their new apartment keys. Not only did the three pictured here get housed, they also obtained employment while being sheltered at CCO!

In 2013, 69% of CCO’s new shelter guests informed staff at intake that they had no income. For many homeless people CCO is the first step in a long climb out of homelessness and into stable housing. With no income these efforts can take additional time.

We are privileged to take these steps with our shelter guests and rejoice with them when employment, housing, and many other stabilizing milestones are reached. Good things are happening at CCO!

Join us in this vital work by donating today. Thank you!

 

 

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

Congratulations Team CCO! We are grateful to all our wonderful team members who participated in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle! Together the 11 members that ran the Shuffle raised over $3,500 to help alleviate homelessness in Chicago!

Nearly half of the team are adolescents who volunteer at CCO wrapping and delivering birthday gifts and treats to children living in the shelter. We are proud of their example to others and compassionate dedication to homeless children!

It’s not too late to join Team CCO. Learn more here.

Five Residents Employed!

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Congratulations to four of our shelter guests who became employed last week! Each of the individuals live in one of CCO’s family shelters. Case managers and interns worked together to create these opportunities for employment. Congratulations!

CCO’s case-management staff strive to treat each of our residents with dignity and respect while guiding clients towards stability. Residents of CCO’s programs receive assistance with practical matters such as resume writing, job referrals, and housing referrals as well as guidance as they build new lives for themselves and their families. This assistance may be simple: help regaining lost identification or a bus card to take them to a job interview. Sometimes the help our families and individuals need is more complex: resolving conflict within their family or with other residents, assistance with budgeting skills, and referrals for the treatment of addiction or mental illness. Our staff make every effort to meet the needs of our residents and provide them with opportunities for growth and a new start.