Christmas is Coming…

CCO Christmas

Christmas is around the corner! We are looking forward to celebrating the holidays with all our shelter guests. With over 100 children and many parents and single adults it takes a lot of effort to make the holidays shine.

Please consider donating today. Your contribution will make a difference in the day to day lives of homeless families and it will make the holidays a little brighter.

Thank you!

Team CCO 2014

Team CCO

What? Team CCO will be joining the St. Patrick’s Day fun at the 2014 Shamrock Shuffle? Are you interested in alleviating homelessness in Chicago while running an 8K? Are looking for a reason to dust off your green knee-highs and take them for a jog? Then Team CCO and Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle is for you!

Click here to learn more.

Indie in the Windy City

Indie 2013

Indie in the Windy City is doing it again! For another year, Indie will be offering a range of hand-crafted, artistic and practical wares to holiday shoppers. Come by and browse at 920 W. Wilson Avenue in Chicago on Saturday, November 23 from noon to five.

Many sellers will be donating a portion of their profits to CCO. Thank you!

Resolve to Fight Poverty

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness

This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. How will you resolve to fight poverty in your community? Join CCO or your local non-profit to fight hunger and homelessness. Your efforts count.

Click here to read a CCO success story.

Click here if you want to learn more about volunteering at CCO.

Click here if you would like to donate to the work of CCO.

Thank you!

Veteran’s Day Dinner

It is our privileged to shelter homeless veterans every night but once a year we go all out to honor our veterans at the CCO Veteran’s Day Dinner.

This year, 92 year old Tuskegee Airmen, Virgil M. Poole Sr. graced us with his presence and words of encouragement. Our veterans were honored with a delicious soul food meal and music provided by Pierre & Louise Walker of St. Sabina Church. All of CCO’s shelter guests enjoyed the meal and festivities but a few tables were set up and decorated especially for our veterans.

This week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Take a moment to consider the men and women who served the United States in the armed forces. Many of these men and women are homeless and in need of safe shelter and supportive services. We have had the joy of seeing veterans stabilize their lives and move into permanent housing. Become a part of the good things that are happening at CCO. Volunteer or donate today.

Thank you!

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week


Homelessness & Hunger Awareness Week has begun. Do you want to help alleviate hunger and homelessness in Chicago? If so, consider donating your time, talents or funds to help improve the lives of CCO’s shelter guests.

Each night CCO shelters over 300 women, men and families. Over 150 households take healthy foods home from our food pantry program each week.

Poverty issues like hunger and homelessness can seem large and overwhelming. It is easy to assume that our individual efforts won’t have an impact. While no agency or individual has all the answers, CCO and many other organizations are working hard to help alleviate homelessness and fill the hungry. Join us in our efforts to provide nutritious meals, safe shelter and valuable services to our homeless families and individuals. Consider donating today. Thank you!

Back On My Feet – Chicago

Back on my Feet - Chicago

Corey Escue, BoMF volunteer & CCO Board member, is pictured here with the BoMF team.

CCO is proud to be a community partner with Back on my Feet – Chicago. BoMF believes that through dedication and hard work resident members earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves. Running leads to personal transformation and dedication to the program leads to access to training, employment and housing resources.

Learn more about BoMF and how running can help alleviate homelessness by clicking here.


Good Things

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“Addressing homelessness, providing shelter, accepting people, finding home.”

CCO donors, volunteers and staff have helped us shelter over 1,100 people and serve over 200,000 meals in 2012. For a little more than $1 a day we can provide 3 nutritious meals to one shelter guest. For a little less than $15 a day CCO can provide “wrap-around services” such as, safe shelter, meals and critical case management services to one shelter guest.

Be part of the good things that are happening at CCO!