You Are Invited!

You are invited to CCO’s Fall Fundraiser! 

Join us for an evening that will highlight the important homeless programs and services that you are a part of at CCO! Executive Director, Sandy Ramsey will share stories and statistics. Kumba Lynx will entertain us with dancing and poetry and you can count on delicious sweet and savory food. This year we will be offering, even more, raffle (see list below) and silent auction items. You won’t want to miss it! Order your tickets today!

Click here to purchase tickets for yourself or a group of people. All funds will go toward the work of CCO and will directly benefit the families and individuals who need safe shelter, nutritious meals, and specialized services.

Raffle Prizes

Lion Head Sports Pub – $25 certificate

Cheesecake Factory Certificate – $50 gift card

Shedd Aquarium – 4 Shedd Pass tickets. Tickets are good for express entry to aquarium, Abbott Oceanarium and Wild Reef.

Chicago Wolves Certificate – 2 tickets for any game during the Chicago Wolves 2017-2018 season

Oak Terrace Getaway – 1 night of lodging and up to 2 rounds of 18 hole golf at Oak Terrace Resort and Spa

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria – a $25 gift card

Brookfield Zoo – 6 general admission passes, 6 passes to the Hamill Family Play Zoo, 6 passes to The Carousel, and 1 parking pass

City Winery – free custom City Winery tour and wine tasting for up to 4 people. The experience includes a wine flight of 3 City Winery wines, paired with 3 crostini.

Signed White Sox pic – of Avisail Garcia

Joffrey Ballet – 2 tickets to the Joffrey Ballet’s 2018 production of Modern Masters running from February 7th-18th, 2018.

American Airlines AAdvantage  – a certificate of 50,000 AmericanAirlines  AAdvantage miles, good for up to 2 domestic round trip flights.
(Must be registered to your account by 12/09/17)

Field Museum – 4 general admission tickets

La Colombe coffee – a 3-pack gift box of ground coffee from La Colombe Coffee Roasters.

Float Sixty – win a free 60-minute float in a Float Sixty Therapeutic Sensory Deprivation Tank, along with a bag of free Epsom salt.

Untouchable Tour – win 2 passes to the Untouchable Tour – a two-hour bus adventure that explores Chicago’s notorious past through visits to Prohibition-era mobster hangouts.
(Expires September 2018)

The Second City – win two nights for a couple at The Second City; one pass good for two tickets at any Second City Resident Stages, and another pass good for two tickets at the Second City Up Comedy Club (VALUED AT $52).
(Expires October 2018)

Raffle tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20, or 12 for $40. Purchase at the event.

Recovering from the Hardships of Homelessness

Sandy Ramsey

“We assist people and work with them as they recover from the hardships of homelessness while helping them restore their God given-worth and self-esteem.”
-Sandra Ramsey, CCO Executive Director

“Sometimes I work late at my desk at the shelter. I can see the security monitor that shows who comes in and out of the door in our shelter foyer. You can see the flow of the foyer lights and through the glass door, the dark of night. It makes the foyer look inviting, welcoming, secure.

I think about the people coming in and going out. An older woman with a purse and several bags rests on the step before opening the door for the walk up a flight of stairs to her bed. She has come from her job, dressed up with make-up and earrings. No one would believe she’s homeless. Health and family problems have taken their toll and now she’s temporarily with us.”

Click here to read the remainder of Sandy’s CCO vignette, We’ll Leave the Light on for you.

Please consider donating to CCO today!

We’ll Leave The Light On…

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We’ll Leave the Light on for You

by Sandy Ramsey, CCO Executive Director

“Sometimes I work late at my desk at the shelter. I can see the security monitor that shows who comes in and out of the door in our shelter foyer. You can see the flow of the foyer lights and through the glass door, the dark of night. It makes the foyer look inviting, welcoming, secure.

I think about the people coming in and going out. An older woman with a purse and several bags rests on the step before opening the door for the walk up a flight of stairs to her bed. She has come from her job, dressed up with make-up and earrings. No one would believe she’s homeless. Health and family problems have taken their toll and now she’s temporarily with us.

A man comes in late from his job. He looks tired. No one at work knows he’s homeless. Probably not a subject he discusses around the water cooler. Instead of coming home to his own house, family, and dog, he comes home to a large noisy shelter – not exactly something that builds a man’s self-esteem. But we’re grateful he has a bed with us.

Some people make faces into the camera while they wait to be buzzed in. Did they have a good day? Do they have a sense of humor despite their situation? Or a strong faith in God to get them through their homelessness?

Noisy children tumble out of the foyer door onto the street, followed by a weary parent, taking one last trip to the store before the evening curfew. Thinking of my own children, I wonder how I would fare if I was homeless with them. How would I explain to them, how would I maintain my own sense of family among so many others under one roof? What do the children think? Are they upset about losing the housing they have? What do they face when they go to school? Serious questions, but for now they are happy and I am thankful we can provide a place for them to be with their parents.

Another woman comes in for the night. Her whole life has been plagued by abuse and poverty. Her difficult childhood led to a troubled adult life, riddled with substance abuse and bad choices. Being chronically homeless and always needy, you’d have to look a little deeper to catch her funny personality and deeper strengths. She has been through our program several times and each times comes a little bit closer to making a turn for the better. Will this be the time she goes forward without looking back?

Another man goes out to begin the evening shift at his job. Someone else leans out the door and calls out last minute good-nights to a friend. Eventually the traffic in the foyer slows down as another day in the lives of homeless people in a homeless shelter comes to a close. Tomorrow there will be another chance, more choices, more hope. We will be there and we’ll leave the light on for you.

CCO Executive Director thanks Team CCO

CCO Director Sandy Ramsey Thanks Team CCO from Cornerstone Community Outreach on Vimeo.

Cornerstone Community Outreach Executive Director, Sandy Ramsey, has a special thank you message for Team CCO! Click on the video to hear Sandy thank all the men and women who committed so much time and effort toward this years Bank of America Chicago Marathon! We are so proud of our team!