SamanthaWIC, provides healthy-food vouchers, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to roughly 9 million poor American women and their children. Many of our homeless families receive nutritious food and baby formula from this valuable program. The WIC program will no longer be providing this essential service by the end of the week due to the shutdown of the Federal Government. CCO will try to bridge huge gap that the loss of this program will create.

Consider donating today. Click on the ‘Donate’ button on the right. Thank you!

Congratulations Carla!

Carla, Successfully Housed!

“The night before I came to CCO I slept out on a park bench. I said I would never stay in a shelter. And what did God do? He put me right in a shelter and blessed me there.

 I thought people in a shelter had to sleep on the floor. I was afraid that people would steal my stuff and that it would be dirty. I thought I would have to leave in the early morning and stay out all day. Naomi House has been totally different. I have a case manager, three meals a day, I didn’t have to sleep on the floor or leave during the day. It isn’t dirty. I’ve improved mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.”

It would be difficult to talk to Carla and miss her determination and gratitude. She recently found out that after months of hard work she has an apartment!

“Recently, I got a housing call and I was told, ‘It’s a go. Start packing!’ I have a place and I’m so excited about my little apartment. It’s perfect for me. And it makes me think about how good God is!”


Naomi House and CCO’s other shelter programs rely on your donation dollars to operate. To donate today click on the Donate Now button at the top of the page. Thank you!

“We Stuck Together!”

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“They [CCO staff] stayed with me during the dark days. We stuck together. I was a stranger and they took me in and took care of me.”

 About one year ago, Annie came to CCO’s Naomi House shelter for single women. She celebrated her 55th birthday with staff and other residents while staying with us. Annie’s honesty speaks for itself, with statements like, “I’ve had five years of clean time but [my recovery] is still one day at a time.”

Before coming to CCO, Annie was employed, but when she was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, she lost her job, her income and the stability it provided.

With her vision fading, Annie arrived at Naomi House. The discouragement was palpable, but she pressed on with her recovery and worked with staff to connect with the clinics that could save her eyesight. She said, “God puts you in places for a reason. There was a reason God sent me here. I’m grateful.”

While living at Naomi House, Annie enrolled in GED classes at a local community college. She is excited about meeting this new goal in her life. Even at 55, she is not stepping aside and watching life roll by. Now, with her classes completed, Annie is scheduled to take her GED test. We are impressed with the effort she exhibits and we look forward to seeing the outcome!

A few months ago Annie said, “I’m grateful for this place but I’m ready to go home!” We are happy to report that Annie is now permanently housed and continues on her recovery path.

“Count Mine As One Life Saved…”

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“I am so grateful for what was so freely given to me through your program. My spirit was nearly dead when I came through those doors and now I am a vibrant, fully productive member of society again. I could not have done it without you and your program. Count mine as one life saved and a living example of how important your work is!”

-Lanette* (name changed for confidentiality purposes)

Lanette has done great things since coming to CCO’s Naomi House Shelter for single women. She has found work and looks forward to having her own apartment soon. It has been wonderful to watch her efforts and success!

Each day the work continues. People like Lanette turn to CCO when they have nowhere else to go. It is a joy to see our residents pressing on against all odds to recover from the hardships of homelessness.

Thank you for joining us in supporting every homeless individual and family that comes through our doors. Thank you!

Naomi House Birthday Bingo Bash!


Are you interested in donating items for the Naomi House Birthday Bingo Bash? Naomi House is CCO’s shelter for single women. We would like our birthday girls to feel special and remembered! For this party the ladies are requesting root beer floats. If you would like to provide ice cream, root beer or gift items toward this event send an e-mail with your contact information to bnicholls@ccolife.org. Thank you!

Chicago’s Housing Crisis

There is not a single county in the U.S. where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford even a one-bedroom apartment at what Housing & Urban Development determines to be the Fair Market Rent. -Habitat for Humanity
On Tuesday, February 28th the American Indian Center hosted a subsidized housing sign-up for Mercy Housing Lakefront. Over 500 men and women stood in line through the winter night for the opportunity to get one of the 125 units available at 6am. The huge number of people clamoring for the chance to get safe, affordable apartments speaks to the housing crisis that plagues America.
Unfortunately, the lack of housing in Chicago may be apparent only to those who stay up through the night to witness the long lines of homeless and precariously housed people, standing for hours for the few subsidized spaces available.
For those weathering the 30 degree temperatures, an affordable apartment unit would not be a luxury, it would be an opportunity to get out of the shelter or substandard housing they are currently in.  A few CCO residents were among those who will be moving into a Mercy Lakefront apartment in the near future. While we rejoice with them, we continue to search for housing for many single men, women and families with children who reside at CCO.
Mercy Housing Lakefront is an organization that provides subsidized housing to those who cannot pay standard market rent. They currently manage 21 properties and serve more than 2,800 residents. We are grateful for all they do on behalf of the homeless.