CCO Executive Director and Casemanager to Speak at Chicago Green Fest!

Representatives from New Life for Old Bags and Cornerstone Community Outreach will be speaking on May 6 at the Green Festival in Chicago.New Life for Old Bags (NLOB) is a collaboration of volunteers who transform used plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. Over 700 grocery bags are needed for each mat. Instead of ending up in a landfill these bags are used as a light, sleeping mat for homeless people. Presenters will discuss the issue of homelessness, the effects of plastic bags on the environment, and the importance of collaboration with community organizations.
Sandra Ramsey, Executive Director of CCO and case manager, Jeremy Nicholls will be talking about homelessness and NLOB program to help Chicago’s most vulnerable. Follow the link, below to learn more about this exciting event!

Demarra, A Homeless Student’s Story

Former CCO residents, Demarra (age 11) and her mother talk openly about the difficulties and challenges of being a homeless student. The number of homeless students in Chicago has more than tripled since 1999, and sadly, these numbers don’t show a trend of going down. Please take a few minutes to watch this personal and informative video. It’s not very long.

Help Us Build Funding to Build an Elevator!









We are quickly nearing our target completion date for the installation of our elevator into our 5-story Sylvia Center building! The completion of this elevator will mean that our shelter will become more accessible, allowing our residents and staff of all ages and health to navigate our building with ease. In addition, we will be better suited to process donations and run our 5th floor  free clothing store for our residents and neighbors. As exciting as this project is, we need assistance to finish! We have 79% of the funding needed for the elevator, but we still need about $59,000 more (eek! Elevators are expensive).

Help us to complete our elevator and build up our funding to cover 100% of the cost!

Thank you to all who have already generously supported this project! To donate, click below!


Aging and Elderly Homeless People

Elderly homeless people are among the most vulnerable population we
serve. This overlooked group of people often struggle with physical challenges
that exacerbate their efforts to get housing. The National Coalition for the
Homeless reports that “Homeless persons aged 50-65 frequently fall between
the cracks of governmental safety nets: while not technically old enough to
qualify for Medicare, their physical health, assaulted by poor nutrition and
severe living conditions, may resemble that of a 70-year-old.”
For those over 65 the current maximum monthly SSI benefits ($698.00
for an individual) remains well below the poverty line. Faced with the choice
between food or necessary medication and housing, elderly Americans are
finding it difficult to stay both healthy and housed.
We are privileged to know and work with many aging and elderly people at CCO. We are enriched by their wisdom and experience.

Easter Baskets!

Easter baskets have arrived at CCO! Many thanks to Elkgrove Calvary Chapel for providing beautiful Easter baskets to the children of CCO. And a special thanks to the Keepers of the Hearth girls group from Uptown Christian School for distributing the baskets to many overjoyed children! Thanks for thinking of others on this special day!

Happy Spring!! -Letter from our Executive Director

Spring is here and many of our residents and staff are enjoying some warmer weather and sunshine. We celebrate spring and Easter here at CCO with a special dinner for our residents along with each child receiving a basket overflowing with toys and treats. Thank you to all who have participated in bringing joy to the children through this gift! We view celebration as an important value of being human.








Below is a picture of some colorful eggs that were decorated by some of our single men in our program. We hope that your weekend and spring is just as bright! Please click here or on the letter to the the right to read a message from our Executive Director containing stories of our residents from a recent Easter meal. Have a lovely Spring!