The Back-to-School Bash!

This year’s CCO Back-to-School Bash was once again filled with music, treats, prizes, academic motivation, school supplies, and backpacks. We want to say a huge thank you to Senator Heather Stearns, who for the third year in a row, donated money for a new pair of shoes for each of our school-age children. House of Representatives Greg Harris joined in the effort to provide back-to-school shoes. Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association donated hundreds of brand new backpacks which allowed the children to choose a color and style they wanted for the new school year. Associate Dean of NEIU, Alberto Lopez, and Pastor Neil Taylor, provided motivational speeches to encourage the children to enter the classroom with hope and determination. Target – Wilson Yard generously donated cases of water and juice for the event. Families enjoyed eating pizza and cake after choosing a new beanie baby or toy.
Each year this special event helps create an air of excitement and joy about the upcoming school year. We always look forward to a fun afternoon with the families sheltered at CCO. Beyond that, donors provide many of the essential back-to-school items that prepare our children in a very practical sense. To all our outstanding donors and volunteers we want to say a huge thank you for helping the school year start off right.

New Shoes from Senator Steans!

New shoes for the first day of school! We are deeply grateful to Senator Heather Steans for purchasing brand new back-to-school shoes for each of the children at CCO! Students and their parents were excited to begin the new year in style. Thanks again, Senator Steans!

Hanig’s Footwear gives New Shoes to Naomi House Ladies!

Peter Hanig and a large group of volunteers from Northwestern University, Hanig Footwear staff and his own family, blessed the single women of CCO with new high-quality shoes. Each of our ladies where treated as if they were in a Hanig shoe store. They were seated, sized and fitted for footwear.
One of our residents told me, “When I was employed I only shopped for shoes at Hanig! They are Chicago-owned and operated. This is just great!”
The volunteers made the event extra special. The respect and kindness they showed to our ladies was refreshing. They were the recipients of many smiles, words of thanks and a few hugs. It was an exceptional afternoon and we are truly grateful!