Celebrate with Us : 2016 Annual Report

Take a moment to celebrate the successes of 2016 with us! We were overjoyed to see 269 shelter residents move from homelessness to housing, 48 people became employed while living at CCO, and over 200,000 plates of nutritious food were served to families and single adults experiencing homelessness. Over 300 people were helped with accessing birth certificates and essential identification, the CCO Free Store saw 2,920 visits for necessary clothing and household items, and over 22,500 bags of groceries went home with our food pantry patrons.


Thank you for joining us in celebrating a few of CCO’s wonderful successes from 2016. In 2017, we hope you continue to be a part of the fabulous things happening at in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Please consider making a generous donation today!
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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!

 

CCO Men Celebrated at Holiday Dinner!

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On Friday we had our annual Christmas party for the men who stay with us at Cornerstone. It was also attended by those who were once homeless and are now housed, and also by some of the homeless men who sleep outside in the neighborhood.
We had a great meal of bbq chicken, pork chops, mac’n’cheese, spaghetti, rolls, salad and cake. It was delicious and they all loved it.
Each man received a bag with a variety of gifts. We were able to give away presents like hoodies, hats, gloves, scarves, high quality dress-shirts and pants, peanuts, chocolates, flashlights, hygiene kits, gift cards and many other things.
Everyone who attended was incredibly grateful and had a wonderful time. They kept saying “thank you” over and over again!
Men who are experiencing homelessness, are often ignored and forgotten during the Christmas season. Many of these men do not expect anything. They, unfortunately, are expecting to be ignored and forgotten again.
So, it is always a joy to be part of this and to surprise them. It is always a joy to see the unexpected delight and happiness form on their faces, knowing they have been remembered and loved!
….and isn’t this what Christmas is all about?

….isn’t this why the Christ Child came into the world, bringing a new Kingdom of Love? A Kingdom that elevates, saves and surprises those who are sick, marginalized and abandoned?
Surprising people in our dark world, with unexpected rays of love and light!
Surprising people, who think all is lost, with new gifts and new hope!
Surprising people, who’ve been cast aside by this world, by remembering them and making sure they know they are loved and not forgotten!

WIC

SamanthaWIC, provides healthy-food vouchers, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to roughly 9 million poor American women and their children. Many of our homeless families receive nutritious food and baby formula from this valuable program. The WIC program will no longer be providing this essential service by the end of the week due to the shutdown of the Federal Government. CCO will try to bridge huge gap that the loss of this program will create.

Consider donating today. Click on the ‘Donate’ button on the right. Thank you!

Reusable Bags!

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Hunt.Fish.Feed.

Wild salmon from Lake Michigan being prepared for our shelter guests.

Wild salmon from Lake Michigan being prepared for our shelter guests.

Next week Hunt.Fish.Feed in partnership with Comcast Digital Cable will be preparing and serving a salmon dinner for our shelter guests. The salmon to be served has been donated by fisherman that participated in the PFC Geoffrey Morris Tournament on Lake Michigan. This special meal will be prepared by Executive Chef Scott Leysath and special guest David Draper, who pens the “Wild Chef.”

Hunt.Fish.Feed uses wild game as a food source to help alleviate hunger in America. We are excited to welcome them back to CCO.

Stay tuned for photos of next weeks event!

 

We need you!

Brenda and Rich

We need you to walk the Hunger Walk for CCO! Last year, 61 people walked at 5k along Chicago’s beautiful to help alleviate hunger in Chicago.

Learn more about the Hunger Walk here. If you have any additional questions contact Beth at bnicholls@ccolife.org

Thanks!

Walk for CCO!

Join us for the Hunger Walk!

Join us for the Hunger Walk!

Join us for the Hunger Walk on June 29th! It will be another great year walking along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Each person walking on behalf of CCO will count as 214 pound food credit for our shelter residents, food pantry patrons and dinner guests. Just by walking you can help alleviate hunger in Chicago. Click on the image above to join the team. Thanks!

Feeding Hungry People!

The elderly, a mother with 3 children, aging vets, the mentally and physically challenged, if you visited CCO’s food pantry you would find a good supply of food and diversity. Food insecurity in Chicago has risen dramatically over the last few years. Cornerstone has a long history of feeding the hungry through our food pantry and dinner guest programs that serve hundreds of people a week. The CCO dining room serves hundreds of meals each day to our shelter residents. While the need gets greater and the line gets longer our pantry, dinner program and shelter are committed to meeting the need.

Join us in providing nutritious meals to our neighbors and residents. If you would like to volunteer your time to CCO contact Lyda at ljackson@ccolife.org. If you would like to donate financially to the work of CCO click on the Donate Now button below.  Thank you!


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