“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!

Food Insecurity in Cook County…

In Chicago, 1 in 6 individuals are food insecure, not knowing when or where their next meal will be. Thanks to the Greater Chicago Food Depository hundreds of food pantries, dinner guest programs and shelters are able to offer essential food items to anyone in need. We are grateful to work along side such an effective organization in battling hunger in Chicago.

It Is Hunger Awareness Month…

On average 200 food bags are distributed weekly from Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO). Our neighbors are able to shop through available food items and take home what they need. Fresh and healthy food is readily available. While good nutrition is important the pantry also could be considered a homeless prevention program. Many Chicago residents are forced to choose between buying groceries and paying rent. By making healthy food available more families and individuals are able to stay housed!

CCO’s food bag program has been serving our neighborhood for over 20 years. We are grateful to be able to contribute to the needs of others in this way!

The Chicago Marathon Is Racing Our Way!

For more than 20 CCO volunteer runners the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a little over two weeks away. This committed group has been training long and hard for the marathon. When they aren’t running they’ve been fund raising for CCO. We are grateful for their efforts and we are amazed at their commitment. Thanks team!

Visit our Team CCO page and find out more about the dedicated people who are running for shelter!

Or donate toward their efforts by clicking on the donate button below.


Get Rid Of That Clutter! and donate to us!

Are you getting rid of your household clutter? Clearing out your closets and storage spaces? Well, don’t forget CCO! We have residents moving into permanent housing each week. They would be happy to include your gently used household items in their new home! We are always in need of clothing items, especially with the cold weather coming. One of our residents could put your extra, unwanted coat to good use getting to school or work. We are particularly in need of bedding, plus size or maternity clothing, men’s and children’s clothes, shoes (tied or bagged together). Donations go to our Free Store and clients are able to shop for what they need. Donations can be dropped off at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue at anytime. Just see the front desk for assistance.

Are you already a minimalist? Would you enjoy organizing a donation drive for new hygeine items for CCO? With hundreds of residents we are always in need of the basics for our families and individuals. Soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, feminine items and more are all needed. If you are interested in giving in this way please e-mail Beth at bnicholls@ccolife.org.  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!

Team CCO

Team CCO ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2012. It was an amazing event with a dedicated group of runners. We are grateful for all they accomplished for the residents of CCO!

We have reached our team goal of $12,000! Help us continue to raise funds for our shelter residents!
“Running a marathon is hard, but being homeless is harder.”Patrick McCormack, long time runner.
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A Letter from the Former President of the Evangelical Covenant Church!


Dear Friend,

Hello! I am writing to you about Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), a homeless shelter founded in the late 1980’s by Jesus People USA, a Chicago-based Evangelical Covenant Church. The shelter continues its work to this day and has grown over the years. I have had the privilege of getting to know CCO and I believe that they are actively living out the gospel by being the hands and feet of Jesus to the homeless they are serving. CCO has been helping the homeless for over 20 years, offering services to single women and men, families, and both men and women with children. They need our help to continue their work.

CCO is one of the most worthy charities I have ever encountered. Donations go directly to the cause, with very little overhead. I have been personally involved with CCO for over 3 years, and during that time I have seen the shelter operate with integrity and compassion.

This fall, 29 individuals have made the commitment to run the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon for CCO. Their purpose in joining Team CCO is to raise awareness regarding the more than 93,000 homeless individuals of all ages who live in Chicago. We also hope to raise funds for CCO.

That’s why I am asking you to consider sponsoring a Team CCO runner for the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2012. All funds raised will go toward an elevator for CCO’s Sylvia Center, one of our residential shelter buildings. The completion of the elevator will mean that families with babies in strollers, senior citizens and physically challenged residents will have a better way to get to their rooms.

Are you interested in supporting a runner for Team CCO? Do you have someone  that is already registered for this year’s marathon? If so, they are welcome to join our team and run on behalf of CCO!

For more information, a list of our runners and the opportunity to run on our behalf, visit the Team CCO tab above.

Thank you for caring for those less fortunate.


Reverend Glenn Palmberg,Former President of the Evangelical Covenant Church

The 2012-13 School Year Has Begun!


Over 100 children residing at CCO have begun the 2012-13 school year. While housing is the ultimate goal for all our residents, CCO strives to create a stable space for our children to learn and achieve. Help us continue to provide shelter to those in need, whether it be children, teens, parents, single adults or the elderly. To donate click the donate button below. Thank you!