Accessibility Matching Grant Challenge


With $20,000 one generous family has set the foundation for our Accessibility Matching Grant Challenge. Many of our residents have chronic physical health problems or small children in strollers; some of our residents are aging or elderly. These and other circumstances make navigating the stairs especially challenging. Our long-awaited elevator is near completion, and with your donation our Sylvia Center shelter building will be fully accessible in 2013. Donate toward this exciting project and your gift will be doubled!


Join Team CCO!

Team CCO 2012

Join Team CCO and run the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon for a great cause! Mark your calendar! Registration begins on February 19, 2013 and all the slots will be filled within a day or two. Is this the year that you run 26.2 miles for the homeless? For more information click on the ‘Team CCO’ tab in the menu above.

Thank you!

New Playground Surface Arrives!

Playground surface has arrived

Our new playground surface has arrived thanks to a generous donation from a family foundation. In May 2012, the CCO rooftop playground got additional equipment. The new surface will improve the play space and provide a safe, fun environment for our shelter families. Thank you!

177 Housed in 2012!

Success collage

In 2012, over 177 people moved into permanent housing from one of CCO’s shelter programs or our street outreach. We love to hear the exciting sound of apartment keys jingling in the hands of former residents.

Help us continue to serve the homeless population of Chicago by donating to the work of CCO. Your partnership makes a difference in the lives of families and individuals.


Did You Know?

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Did you know?

Our Free Store had over 2,600 “shoppers” throughout 2012. This includes our shelter residents and neighbors in need. Your donations make this vital service possible.

The Free Store continues to open it’s doors each week to anyone with needs. Currently, we are looking for donations of mens shoes and boots, jeans of all sizes, maternity and plus-size clothing. New or gently-used items are accepted at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue in Chicago. Thank you!

Congratulations, John!

Inspiration Corp Success!

While living at Cornerstone Community Outreach John’s case manager referred him to the culinary course at Inspiration Corporation. John has completed the program and graduated. He is now employed and looking forward to permanent housing for himself and his family. Congratulations, John! We’re proud of you!

Are you interested in partnering with CCO to provide safe, supportive shelter for families like John’s? If so, click on the Donate Now button above. Thank you!


CTA Fare Increases Are Hard On The Homeless…

CTA eltrain

Our shelter residents travel far and wide to attend employment training, job interviews, court dates, counseling appointments and countless other essential engagements. By attending these appointments our residents are taking critical steps to stabilize their lives. This month the Chicago Transit Authority has greatly increased the cost of 1-Day, 3-Day and 7-Day Passes.

Are you interested in purchasing fare cards for our residents? If you would like to help our residents in this way send an email to Thank you!