Chicago HOPES!

chicagoHopesChicago HOPES provides after-school homework help, skills building, and enrichment programming to Chicago Public Schools students living in homeless shelters.

Take a moment and watch this informative and insightful video clip about the importance of education in the life of a homeless child.

Watch it here

Homelessness & Education

Homeless to Housed

Over 100 school age children reside with their parents at Cornerstone Community Outreach. Elementary and high school students alike have breakfast, put on their backpacks and head to school from CCO. The National Coalition for the Homeless states that education is one of the most stabilizing factors in the life of a homeless child. We agree.

During their stay at CCO, many families choose to have their children continue to attend their school of origin but some choose to enroll their children in area schools. Case managers work with parents to make school transitions as smooth as possible. We are fortunate to have Chicago HOPES provide students with after-school homework help, skill building and personal enrichment services on-site.

Permanent housing is at the end of a long, arduous path that our clients are walking. We are grateful to walk it with them. Join us in our efforts. We can’t do it without you!


Fresh From CCO!!!


Fresh from CCO!!!

Today, over 150 neighborhood households came to CCO to “shop” through fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods and boxed food items. Without the CCO Foodbag Program many people would struggle to pay rent and get the food they need each month.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository reports that many food insecure Chicagoans find themselves having to choose between prescription medication and food. Often choices have to be made that weaken the health or well being of persons in need. This is a special concern as we have observed more and more senior citizens in need of food help.

Your on-going support makes this program possible! Thank you!


CCO’s Free Store…

CCO Free Store

Did you know?

Over 2,600 “shoppers” got clothing, household items and more at our Free Store in 2012. Your donated items allow us to offer this vital service to our residents and neighbors. Often families and individuals come to CCO with literally nothing but the clothes on their backs. The Free Store allows our residents and neighbors to get the items they need to begin to reestablishing their lives.

If you are interested in donating new or gently used items feel free to drop them off at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue, see the front desk personnel for assistance. Currently, the Free Store is looking for donations of maternity, plus-size, children’s clothes, socks and undergarments.

If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the programs and services that support CCO’s shelter residents click on the Donate Now button below.