“On Monday, the Attorney General issued a stern order to state court officials to stop, forthwith, targeting poor and homeless people and throwing them in jail for being too poor to pay fines for the crime of being too poor to have a place to live.
In the strongly worded letter to court chief justices and administrators, the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta and Lisa Foster of the Office for Access to Justice leveled some harsh criticism against state judicial and law enforcement officials for arresting and jailing the poor as a revenue source. The letter said in part,
“In addition to being unlawful, to the extent that these practices are geared not toward addressing public safety, but rather toward raising revenue, they cast doubt on the impartiality of the tribunal and erode trust between local governments and their constituents.”
“We assist people and work with them as they recover from the hardships of homelessness while helping them restore their God given-worth and self-esteem.” -Sandra Ramsey, CCO Executive Director
“Sometimes I work late at my desk at the shelter. I can see the security monitor that shows who comes in and out of the door in our shelter foyer. You can see the flow of the foyer lights and through the glass door, the dark of night. It makes the foyer look inviting, welcoming, secure.
I think about the people coming in and going out. An older woman with a purse and several bags rests on the step before opening the door for the walk up a flight of stairs to her bed. She has come from her job, dressed up with make-up and earrings. No one would believe she’s homeless. Health and family problems have taken their toll and now she’s temporarily with us.”
Click here to read the remainder of Sandy’s CCO vignette, We’ll Leave the Light on for you.
CCO wants to give a big thanks to the outstanding students and teachers from Vaughn Occupational High School! Every Wednesday Vaughn students come to the CCO Food Pantry to help give out nutritious food. They always have a smile for everyone who comes through the door. You guys are the best! Thanks!
The CCO Food Pantry gives out over 150 bags of nutritious food each week. The vast majority of pantry attendees are senior citizens who rely on pantry groceries to make it from month to month.
Are you interested in volunteering at CCO? We rely on our valuable volunteers to prep meals, serve food, clean, distribute food at our pantry, and do many other important tasks. Click here if you would like to find out more about volunteering at CCO.
Not a runner? No problem! Click on the Team CCO video above to find out why your support is important. There are so many ways to get involved through volunteer work, donating gently-used items, hosting a fundraiser, or making a personal financial donation. Your involvement improves the day-to-day lives of those we shelter.
Love to run and help others?Team CCO runs for homeless dads with children, moms with children, veterans, and more. Team CCO has six charitable fitness events available for team members in 2016.
Want to guarantee your entry for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Charity registration opens March 8th. Click here to join Team CCO and secure your entry for the Chicago Marathon.
Also, registration is now open for all the other Team CCO events. Click here to see all the exciting choices and new events!
Are you interested in donating new hygiene items to our shelter guests? Many of the families and individual who arrive at CCO lack the basic necessities. Ildevert arrived at CCO and he was without essentials, including clothing, hygiene supplies, and other essentials. Read Ildevert’s incredible story by clicking here.
If you would like to be a part of meeting this on-going need, please drop-off new soap, deodorant, disposable razors, or shampoo at 4628 N. Clifton Avenue. Thank you!