“I can find a lot of clothes for my family at the Freestore. I don’t have to worry about going out and buying clothes while I’m homeless. I can always find something new and CCO has a good variety. That’s how I’m blessed by the Freestore.” – Victoria, Freestore patron
Over 65 Uptown neighbors shopped through free clothing and household items last week at the Cornerstone Freestore! Your gently-used donated items make the Freestore possible.
Families and single adults sheltered at CCO shop in the Freestore each week to meet basic clothing needs. Over 80% of new shelter guests have no income and even shopping at a thrift store is not possible. The CCO Freestore stands in the gap and your donations help those in need find basic essentials that will help them find clothing for school, job training, employment interviews, or just day-to-day living.
Thank you for supporting our shelter guests and neighbors in this way! If you haven’t donated goods to CCO in the past consider donating your gently-used items. Spread the word, and let your co-workers, neighbors, and church members, know that they can donate gently-used items or financially! Click here to learn more.
If you are in need of clothing, shoes, and household items visit the Freestore on our next public day, September 28.
“We do it because we see the need. There are a lot of low-income and needy, elderly people in the Uptown area. There is a lot of food in America and hungry people who need it. We have a great supply of good food and we are blessed to share it.”
– Chris Ramsey, CCO Food Pantry Supervisor
Every Wednesday over 150 people gather in the CCO dining room to “shop” for nutritious food. Canned vegetables, meat, pasta, grains, nuts, boxed food, and more, a wide variety of groceries are offered each week and over 25% consist of nutritious, fresh fruits and vegetables. The majority of CCO food pantry patrons are senior citizens. The bags of groceries they take home provides the financial relief needed to pay rent, obtain important prescription medications, or other necessities, on a fixed income.
In 2016, 22,500 bags of groceries went to hungry Chicagoans through the CCO Food Pantry program. We are grateful to play a part in the fight against hunger in Uptown.
In 2017, we hope you continue to be a part of the fabulous things happening in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Please consider making a generous donation today!
As we say goodbye to 2016, and 2017 emerges on the horizon, let’s carry the spirit of giving into every day of our lives. Consider making an end-of-year donation that would allow CCO to continue welcoming and sheltering over 350 individuals in our family and single adult shelter programs. It’s our privilege to take in homeless fathers with children, three-generational families, single senior citizens, pregnant moms, families with teens, and other families and singles who often find it difficult to get into shelters. We believe everyone has a right to safe shelter.
Take a moment and read Shirley’s story (pictured below) and learn how one outstanding child who was sheltered at CCO with her family went from homelessness to housing and a stable future!
Please consider making a financial donation today. Your gift is 100% tax-deductible.
“This morning while walking 5 city blocks in Uptown I shook hands with 5 different fellas. All five of them were once deemed “chronically homeless” but now they are permanently housed. I am left smiling because we were able to play a role in their success!”
Heart and Mind
When the mind conquers our heart,
without loosing its compassion.
The gentle mother earth teems with flowers,
each blooms to their fullest beauties.
And the whole world wakes up
with oneness and peace.
But when the heart captivates the mind,
our little life boat floats to the rhythm of our heart.
Unseen and unknown, it rises and falls.
It floats on its fantasy,
yet in this sea of happiness
there is still waves of sorrow and suspicion.
– B. Chungkham
(homeless Uptown resident)