We’re looking back at Team CCO 2012. Click the image to view our photo gallery from last years marathon and consider supporting Team CCO 2013. This year we have an even bigger group of dedicated volunteers willing to run 26.2 miles to help alleviate homelessness in Chicago.
Today is National Armed Forces Day. All the staff, residents and volunteers at CCO would like to remember our homeless shelter guests who have served our country in the armed forces. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimate that 62,619 veterans are homeless on any given night. Let’s serve our brave men and women especially in their time of need.
Beautiful planters and flowers were installed along Clifton Avenue just outside of CCO’s Hannah House and Sylvia Center! Andrew Shantz made the planters from repurposed wood. He and fellow gardner, Ted Jindrich filled the containers with soil and colorful flowers.
The flowers bring a burst of color and life to Clifton Avenue. These improvements benefit our shelter guests, staff and neighbors. Thank you!
Since 1989, Cornerstone Community Outreach has sheltered over 25,000 individuals. We have rejoiced with many families and individuals who have moved into stable, permanent housing. We look forward to many more successful endings at CCO.
If you would like to donate to CCO’s shelter programs click on the Donate Now button. Thank you for your support!
Tomorrow is Wednesday which is food bag day. Volunteers will arrive early to set up tables and chairs. They will begin to set up food items on the tables and prepare for the program to start. Over 150 people will leave CCO with bags of nutritious food. Many attendies are senior citizens or are physical challenges and they need help with basic items in order to pay rent each month. It is our joy and privilege to provide this service to Chicagoans in need.
Did you know that over 200,000 meals were served from the Cornerstone Community Outreach dining room in 2012? Trays were filled with hot, nutritious meals and served to families and single’s living in our shelter programs. Each Saturday our dinner guest program serves a meal to over 100 of our neighbors, as well.
Consistent, nutritious meals play an important role in allowing our shelter guests to focus on finding stable housing, pursue academic studies or employment training programs.
We are grateful to be able to offer this service to so many. And we would like to say a special thank you to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). They provide healthy foods to CCO and so many other nonprofit organizations in Chicago. Each June the GCFD holds a 3 mile walk along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. The event is open to the public and if you choose to walk on behalf of CCO our food budget increases automatically.
If you would like to fight hunger in Chicago by joining us at the 2013 Hunger Walk. Contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to donate to the operation of CCO’s shelter programs and services click the Donate Now button on the right.
Happy Earth Day! We are looking to the future and have high hopes and plans for our shelter rooftop spaces. The renderings in the gallery are for both of our shelter buildings. Sylvia Center will be a site for an urban rooftop farm. The agricultural area will be cultivated by interested volunteers and shelter residents. … Read More
Constant improvements! Visiting groups, volunteer professionals and willing workers contribute hours of hard work renovating and refreshing CCO’s shelter spaces. Volunteers benefit from doing something good for others and our shelter guests and staff can enjoy the improvements. Thanks to all our volunteers!