CCO donors, volunteers and staff have helped us shelter over 1,100 people and serve over 200,000 meals in 2012. For a little more than $1 a day we can provide 3 nutritious meals to one shelter guest. For a little less than $15 a day CCO can provide “wrap-around services” such as, safe shelter, meals and critical case management services to one shelter guest.
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Some of you may remember Solomon, who successfully moved from CCO into his own place in June. This is what he had to say about his apartment at Friendly Towers. “I’m in heaven! I paid my rent on the first of the month. It is such a nice place. I love it!” Solomon expressed how grateful he is to the CCO staff that worked with him while he was homeless and the staff of Friendly Towers. His energy, gratitude and relentless smile is a great encouragement to us all!
If the plight of homeless senior citizens is close to your heart consider donating today. CCO offers shelter to senior citizens and collaborates with agencies and affordable housing sites all over Chicago to secure housing for our most vulnerable populations.
Cornerstone Community Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are 100% tax deductible. If you prefer to make a donation by check, it should be made payable to Cornerstone Community Outreach and mailed to the following address:
Cornerstone Community Outreach
Attn: Accounting Office
4615 N. Clifton Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
The night before I came to CCO I slept out on a park bench. I said I would never stay in a shelter. And what did God do? He put me right in a shelter and blessed me there.
I thought people in a shelter had to sleep on the floor. I was afraid that people would steal my stuff and that it would be dirty. I thought I would have to leave in the early morning and stay out all day. Naomi House has been totally different. I have a case manager, three meals a day, I didn’t have to sleep on the floor or leave during the day. It isn’t dirty. I’ve improved mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
It would be difficult to talk to Carla and miss her determination and gratitude. She recently found out that after months of hard work she has an apartment!
Recently, I got a housing call and I was told, ‘It’s a go. Start packing!’ I have a place and I’m so excited about my little apartment. It’s perfect for me. And it makes me think about how good God is!
Naomi House and CCO’s other shelter programs rely on your donation dollars to operate. To donate today click on the Donate Now button at the top of the page. Thank you!
“11:05am, December 4, 2002, he was born. Lydell Doss, III, arrived breach with his brown eyes wide open. It was beautiful to see his first movements and to hear his new born cries. One day later I would be crying in disbelief…”
Take a moment and read Lydell’s story, “I Decided to Stay.” It is a moving account of a father’s love for his son and his struggle to create a home for him.
Click here to read Lydell’s story or to choose from other CCO success stories click here.
Help CCO continue to serve and shelter families and individuals in need. Click here to donate today. Thank you!
Several elderly or aging CCO shelter guests have recently found housing at the Friendly Towers senior housing program. With supportive services, healthy meals, inter-generational living, an on-site medical clinic and access to a beautiful outdoor garden, we rejoice with them and know that they are in good hands.
Find out more about CCO’s partnership with Friendly Towers. We are privileged to work with such a reputable housing program and admire the value of their work.
“When I saw a homeless person I saw a ‘bum.’ Now, when I see a homeless person I see myself.”
Educated, employed, hardworking and homeless… This video gives a brief look into the trials of persons with unexpected health issues and how these issues make getting housed more difficult. It briefly explores the heartache of seeing your own children homeless and the despair that ensues. The footage also touches on the unexpected trial awaiting families that have older male children. Many family shelters will not admit males over age 8 or 10.
The recession has unleashed a new wave of homeless families. Our hope is that shelters and housing geared towards those most effected by the economic downturn can continue to doing their important work. At CCO, we believe that families should be supported and guided through homelessness to secure housing regardless of health problems, families size, age, gender or beliefs.
“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 were 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 frost bite. 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 bus 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.”
These are the words of our good friend, Archie. He spoke candidly with us about how to survive on the streets in the winter. I’m happy to report that Archie is permanently housed. Also, the CCO dining room is an emergency location for people on the streets in cold weather. Help us continue to bring Chicago’s most vulnerable citizens in from outside. We can’t do it without you. Thanks!
In 2012, over 177 people moved into permanent housing from one of CCO’s shelter programs or our street outreach. We love to hear the exciting sound of apartment keys jingling in the hands of former residents.
Help us continue to serve the homeless population of Chicago by donating to the work of CCO. Your partnership makes a difference in the lives of families and individuals.
Did you know? On average, 35% of CCO’s childhood shelter population is under 5 years old. Our longest-running shelter program, Hannah House, has worked with hundreds of families with small children to move from homelessness to stable housing.