“I’m in heaven!”

Jeremy & Solomon

Solomon with Jeremy Nicholls, CCO staff member.

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.

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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

Reusable Bags!

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CCO is working to be plastic-free! Today at the CCO Food bag Program, pantry patrons were given reusable bags for their can goods, produce and frozen meats. Do you have reusable bags you would like to donate? Please bring them to 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago. Staff and neighbors donated a large quantity of bags. Special thanks to Coinstar and Redbox for donating nearly 3,000 insulated Whole Foods bags. Thank you!

Aging and Elderly Homeless People

Elderly homeless people are among the most vulnerable population we
serve. This overlooked group of people often struggle with physical challenges
that exacerbate their efforts to get housing. The National Coalition for the
Homeless reports that “Homeless persons aged 50-65 frequently fall between
the cracks of governmental safety nets: while not technically old enough to
qualify for Medicare, their physical health, assaulted by poor nutrition and
severe living conditions, may resemble that of a 70-year-old.”
For those over 65 the current maximum monthly SSI benefits ($698.00
for an individual) remains well below the poverty line. Faced with the choice
between food or necessary medication and housing, elderly Americans are
finding it difficult to stay both healthy and housed.
We are privileged to know and work with many aging and elderly people at CCO. We are enriched by their wisdom and experience.