A Letter From The Director

CCO logo Dear Friend,

This past year, 2013, has been filled with many adventures. Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) has been privileged to walk with many families and individuals as they pass through a very difficult time in their life. By the time they reach our doorstep, the majority of our shelter guests have lost everything. Unfortunately, some have suffered more loss than you and I can imagine and homelessness is just one more thing on their plate.

We are committed to partnering with our shelter guests through this time by assisting them in stabilizing their finances, housing, and ultimately their lives. It has been an honor to help those who come through our doors. It is an experience that we would not trade and we look forward to another year of serving those who are less fortunate.

Our mission at CCO is to help people recover from the hardships of homelessness with dignity while helping them restore their God-given worth and self-esteem.

In 2013, over 170 people moved into permanent housing from one of CCO’s shelter programs or through street outreach. It is always a joy to see former residents proudly showing off their new apartment keys!

Every donation helps bring our homeless families and individuals one step closer to stability and permanent housing. Will you consider donating today?

– Sandra Ramsey

Executive Director, Cornerstone Community Outreach

“Addressing Homelessness, Providing Shelter, Accepting People,



Homeless to Housed


In 2013, over 170 people moved into permanent housing from one of CCO’s shelter programs or through street outreach. We never get tired of seeing our former shelter guests showing off their apartment keys!

Consider donating today! Donors and volunteers are a vital part of the good that goes on at CCO. Thank you!

Team CCO Opportunities

Team CCO from Cornerstone Community Outreach on Vimeo.

Over 70 people joined with Team CCO in running the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon to raise funds for the homeless men, women, and children who are sheltered at Cornerstone Community Outreach.

Are you interested in joining the team? You don’t have to be a long distance runner. In 2014, Team CCO is offering a range of charitable fitness opportunities. They include:

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle
Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race
Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk
Chicago Half Marathon
Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Click on the links above to find out more about each event and how your efforts will help alleviate homelessness in Chicago. Run (or walk) for Shelter!


Our Mission


Housing Success

Our Mission:

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

“Finding home” is the moment when housing happens for a homeless person. We are proud of our shelter guests and case managers that work to find a place for everyone. It is pure joy to see someone with new apartment keys and a big smile.

Join us in our effort to bridge the gap between homelessness and home. Help us “Find Home” for our shelter guests. Donate Today!

Essential Identification in 2013


Last year, we assisted 284 men, women and children get their birth certificates…

This is an essential part of anyone’s journey from homelessness to housed; and we’re happy to say, simply having this document ensured that many of our participants eventually moved into permanent housing.

Thank you

Blankets for men

Tzu Chi Foundation of Chicago generously donated a large number blankets to the CCO men’s overnight shelter. Each man sheltered in our men’s program got a new blanket with some left over for future use.

During these cold months, warmth is a wonderful gift. Thank you!

To learn more about CCO’s shelters for homeless individuals, click here.

Christmas Donors

New Blanket

A new blanket, stuffed animals and hat makes for a cozy nap, thanks to our generous Christmas donors! The 2013 holiday season at CCO was filled with fun events, parties and gifts for our shelter guests and neighbors in need. We want to say a special thank you to the donors that made the season bright by donating financially, creating an event, volunteering or purchasing gifts that blessed our guests. Thank you!


Shunta. Domestic violence survivor. CCO shelter guest. Mother and grandmother. Shunta speaks about her life, her family and her thoughts about love.

Your financial donation can make a difference in the lives of women like Shunta, her daughter, or grandchildren, who are sheltered at CCO. Consider donating today.

Love from Cornerstone Community Outreach on Vimeo.

Register Today!

Tom, Team CCO

“For the past two years, I’ve hit the streets running the Chicago marathon with Team CCO in exchange for donations for Cornerstone Community Outreach, a charity that serves the homeless. This year, our team is running the Shamrock Shuffle. If you’d like to join our team, click here. Registration opens today!”

-Tom Crozier

Tom will be running an 8K at this years Shamrock Shuffle. Join him and others running through downtown Chicago to help alleviate homelessness. Click here to learn more about Team CCO. Thanks!

Resolutions? Team CCO!

Team CCO

What’s your 2014 new year’s resolution? More exercise? Do more for others? Learn more about Team CCO. This year the team is offering more opportunities for fun and fitness while helping the homeless people in Chicago.

Tomorrow, registration opens for the Shamrock Shuffle. This 8K will take place in beautiful downtown Chicago on March 30, 2014. Join the Team and shuffle through the city while helping alleviate homelessness. Registration fills up quickly so act fast if you want to be part of Team CCO at the Shamrock Shuffle.