CCO would like to say Thank You to Cure Violence/ CeaseFire, a non-profit organization that focuses on reducing gun violence through building relationships and providing opportunities for young men and women who are at-risk. In 2015, funding for Cure Violence was severely reduced. Since then Chicago has seen a steady increase in gun violence.
Before funding was cut, Cure Violence staff would visit CCO once and month and meet with teens and their parents about curbing violence. They brought encouragement, hope, and practical help to our families with teens.
To learn more about CeaseFire’s important work and how it affects Chicago homicide statistics, click here.
*Photo credit goes to Cure Violence/ CeaseFire.
*Data found in the chart above provided by the Chicago Police Department.
“Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.”
What a festive Holiday Season! It was a joy to watch the children and parents sheltered at CCO receiving and unwrapping Christmas gifts. CCO wants to say a huge “Thank you” to our generous and thoughtful donors, who made the 2016 Holiday Season extra special. Our shelter guests gushed with gratitude. Parents enjoyed watching their children tear open gifts and felt comforted in the knowledge that they would not have to go ‘without’ this year. Each present showed that this Christmas, they were remembered. They were valued. And they were not alone. Chicago Bear, Jimmy Staten, volunteered to play Santa this year. Thank you, Jimmy! You made every single family and child feel truly special. You brought an exciting boost to our holiday gift giving. Thank you for your time, patience, and sweet attitude!
And thank you to our very own Santa, Stewart Brown. Check back for a CCO special video featuring Stewart coming soon to CCOlife.
Thank you to all the Christmas elves who worked day and night gathering donated toys, sorting, wrapping, and organizing so that everyone felt special. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, and CCO Board Members who helped make everything come together for the families and nearly 150 children sheltered at CCO.
Special thanks and photo credit goes to Juan Carlos Garzon. Thank you for the fabulous pictures we can all enjoy, including the families, who received copies as keepsakes of their Christmas at CCO.
Your thoughtfulness and encouragement last long after the wrapping paper is swept up and the toys are well used. It is truly a blessing to give and we are grateful to all who did!
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“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain, and I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not fearing any man.”
– Memphis, April 3, 1968, the day before King’s death