CCO’s Food Bag Program

Hunger in ChicagoTomorrow is Wednesday which is food bag day. Volunteers will arrive early to set up tables and chairs. They will begin to set up food items on the tables and prepare for the program to start. Over 150 people will leave CCO with bags of nutritious food. Many attendies are senior citizens or are physical challenges and they need help with basic items in order to pay rent each month. It is our joy and privilege to provide this service to Chicagoans in need.


Did You Know?

CCO Meals
Did you know that over 200,000 meals were served from the Cornerstone Community Outreach dining room in 2012? Trays were filled with hot, nutritious meals and served to families and single’s living in our shelter programs. Each Saturday our dinner guest program serves a meal to over 100 of our neighbors, as well.
Consistent, nutritious meals play an important role in allowing our shelter guests to focus on finding stable housing, pursue academic studies or employment training programs.
We are grateful to be able to offer this service to so many. And we would like to say a special thank you to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). They provide healthy foods to CCO and so many other nonprofit organizations in Chicago. Each June the GCFD holds a 3 mile walk along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. The event is open to the public and if you choose to walk on behalf of CCO our food budget increases automatically.
If you would like to fight hunger in Chicago by joining us at the 2013 Hunger Walk. Contact Beth at If you would like to donate to the operation of CCO’s shelter programs and services click the Donate Now button on the right.

Consider Donating Today


CCO Family Portrait

As many of you know, a portion of our shelter budget comes from the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services. We are experiencing a slowdown in the contract process and it is having an effect on our program budget. Due to the delay, we are experiencing an ever tightening operating budget. We need a boost to get us through this anticipated delay. Please consider contributing to this very urgent and current need. We appreciate whatever you can give.

Sandra Ramsey,

Executive Director


Happy Earth Day!


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Happy Earth Day! We are looking to the future and have high hopes and plans for our shelter rooftop spaces. The renderings in the gallery are for both of our shelter buildings. Sylvia Center will be a site for an urban rooftop farm. The agricultural area will be cultivated by interested volunteers and shelter residents. … Read More

A New Look

Nine 3 Nine Logo

CCOLife has a new look thanks to our friends at nine3nine creative. They have generously donated their time and talents to make CCOlife more informative and appealing.

Improvements will continue on the pages. And more changes are on the way. Look for new images and contents on the information pages. Enjoy the new site.

Thanks nine3nine creative!

Providing Shelter is Important

Homelessness in ChicagoProviding shelter is important and this image reflects that. What you don’t see in this photo is two people sleeping behind the plywood structure, one of them requiring a wheelchair for mobility. It shouldn’t be this way. Shelters are a critical part of breaking the chain of homelessness. Support CCO’s shelter programs by clicking on the Donate button above.

Thank you!

Save The Date

Hunger Walk 2012Save the Date! On Saturday, June 29, 2013 the 28th Annual Hunger Walk will take place in Chicago at Soldier Field. Participants will walk 3 miles in an effort to raise awareness and funds for food insecure Chicagoans. Keep checking back for more info and how you can join in the fun!

The Future

Sylvia Center Rooftop Rendering

We are looking to the future! The rendering above will give you a glimpse of the farm we hope to establish on the Sylvia Center rooftop. The space will be usable for shelter staff and residents. Fresh produce in a relaxing and therapeutic setting will be a wonderful addition to CCO.

In 2012 a small, upcycled garden began on the roof of Sylvia Center. Six stories above ground level, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra and herbs grew our of food grade 5 gallon buckets. The results were delicious!

Keep checking back at CCOlife for more updates and information.