We want to say a very special thank you to the Coat Angels! The children sheltered at CCO have been blessed with the gift of warmth thanks to this fabulous group of volunteers and donors! Each year the Coat Angels visit CCO and deliver new coats, hats, gloves, and other winter wear accessories to our children. Thank you, Coat Angels!
To learn more about the Coat Angels and all the good work they do click here.
Providing shelter matters. That is particularly true in the recent frigid weather. CCO staff work even harder during the colder season to make sure more people are safe and indoors. In the evenings and early mornings, helpers are out distributing blankets and mats, encouraging folks to come inside, distributing HotHands to fend off frostbite, and providing other practical help.
Join us in our efforts to see our homeless brother and sisters through this cold season. Volunteer or donate today! Thank you!
Take a moment to read what Archie had to say about trying to survive on the winter streets…
“First, you have to find a lot of blankets; at least 5 or 6, but 10 or 12 would be better. Try to keep them dry. Put on all your clothes, one layer on top of another. Find a place where the wind isn’t blowing too much, like a spot against a wall. Look for a hospital with warm air vents. And if it’s raining or snowing put some cardboard under you and get some shelter over you, like an awning or overhanging. Find some more people trying to survive, because you’ll stay warmer together. Take off your wet socks and anything else that’s wet or else you’ll freeze or get frostbite. Wrap up in all your blankets and put some over your head. You don’t worry about breathing because you’re so cold. The trick is to keep the air out.
If you can get a transit pass, your best bet is to ride the train. Try to find someone else to ride with you so one of you can sleep and one of you can watch your stuff. Keep your stuff on the inside seat and sit next to it. Get off the train before the end of the line so they don’t know you’re homeless or they’ll kick you off the next time you get on. Try to go unnoticed and switch trains so you can ride all night. It sounds crazy, I know, but you can do it, even when it’s below zero outside. You can make it.”
Consider making a donation that will provide a safe shelter space, warm meals, clothing essentials, and supportive services, to the men and women brought in from the cold by our Outreach Workers. Thank you!
The Coat Angels visited Cornerstone Community Outreach once again and brought new fleece, coats, hats, and gloves for all of the children sheltered with the families. A huge variety of colors and style were available for the children to choose from. The Coat Angels made sure that the sizing was right for each child. Parents and children were so excited to have a new, warm, colorful coat to wear for throughout the cold Chicago winter.
One little girl was so pleased with her coat that she didn’t take it off until bedtime. When she woke up the next morning she immediately put it back on and wore her treasured coat for the entire day!
Thank you Coat Angels for contributing to the lives of the children sheltered at CCO with such a practical, yet thoughtful gift!
The calendar says that today is the first day of winter. It feels like it’s been here for while. Help us keep the cold out! CCO is always accepting donations of new or gently-used winter wear at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago. Thanks!
8th grade students from Holy Family School in Chicago spent their day volunteering with Cornerstone Community Outreach. They came with great attitudes and willing hands to tackle some of the ongoing projects. Part of their crew spent hours in the Free Store sorting clothing and making things ready for the next “shopping” day. Others came with supplies in hand to do some spring cleaning in the dining room as well as helping to distribute food at the weekly food pantry.
Our Free Store is open to our shelter residents and our neighbors. Your donations of clothing and household items make this service possible. The Free Store gives people an opportunity to get their clothing needs met without cost. Anyone who has faced a Chicago winter knows how important a warm coat, hat, gloves and a scarf can be!
Thank you Holy Family students and all the faithful donors who contribute to this vital service!