Christmas is Coming

The Holiday Season is just around the corner!

Many of you have put Cornerstone shelter guests at the top of your gift list in the past, and we hope you will do so again this year.

The Amazon Cornerstone Wish List or a financial donation are both secure and convenient ways to support the families and individuals at Cornerstone this Holiday Season.

Your gift will help make the holidays a bit brighter for those experiencing homelessness.

Click for the Amazon Wishlist, or click here to donate and chose Christmas Gift as the designation.

Thank you!

CCO is a tax-deductible 501c-3 not-for-profit organization.  All of your donations are 100 percent tax deductible.



Donating to CCO through AmazonSmile is easy. Follow the link to choose Cornerstone Community Outreach as your Amazon Charity and Amazon will donate a portion of your total purchase to CCO at no cost to you. Millions of Amazon items are eligible and 0.5% of your total cost goes to CCO, and there is no limit to how much Amazon will give. Click here to go to AmazonSmile and learn more or to sign-up. Happy Holiday Shopping!

Click here to view our Amazon Wish List. The list consists of many of the basic needs our shelter guests request. Partner with us in providing practical necessities to those sheltered at CCO!

Once logged in, you can shop from the lists and it will ship directly to Cornerstone.

UPDATED: In-Kind Donation Changes due to COVID-19 Guidelines

Our wonderful network of in-kind donors has been reaching out in this ever-changing time to find out how to support Cornerstone.

What we can accept of in-kind donations has temporarily changed, and we do still need your help. Below is a list of what is most important right now to meet the residents needs.

If you don’t have anything that fits in, that is okay, we will return to normal soon. You can also consider making a financial donation at this time if you can.

  • Winter Season Updated Needs
    • New Thermal underware for men, women, and childrens. All sizes
    • New Winter gloves for children and adults. All sizes
    • New Winter Coats for children and adults. All sizes
  • Disposable dishes and cutlery in cases or factory sealed packages
  • Mobile electronic devices for the residents to do tele-health, attend school or tele-work. Must be at least:
    • iPhone 7 or iPads from 2016 or newer
    • ChromeBooks 2019 and newer
    • mobile android 2018 or newer
    • Apple laptops/computers 2014 or newer
    • Windows enabled laptops/computers 2017 or newer
  • Linens new in factory packaging
    • Twin size sheets sets
    • any size blanket or pillows
  • Hygiene items that are new and in factory packaging as applicable
    • Soap, shampoo, conditioner
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • diapers any size
  • Non-perishable food and snacks in factory sealed cases or bags

You can either mail in your donation, or schedule a drop off time.

Mail to:
Cornerstone Community Outreach
Attn: Donations
4615 N. Clifton Ave. 1st Floor
Chicago, IL 60640

Schedule drop of with:

At this time we cannot accept donated clothing and the like. If you have any suggestions of something you would like to donate that may be like the list, email us and we’ll see. Otherwise, if you can hold off for a month or two, when the guidelines may get loosened, you can check back in to see if we again accepting donations.

If one does attempt to donate without permission and or unallowable items, they will be turned away.

Thank you for your understanding and be well.

The CHHRGE Report

Chicago Homelessness and Health Response Group for Equity (CHHRGE)

CHHRGE has been working collaboratively to address the issues and implications relative to COVID-19 in Chicago.

Today the CHHRGE Report has been released. It’s our honor to be a partner of CHHRGE and to share it with you. Please take the time to read it over to understand the needs being addressed.
Below are excerpts from CHHRGE.ORG and the link to the report.


On March 13, 2020, a group of seven individuals consisting of homeless service providers, faculty, students, and staff from Rush University Medical Center convened to discuss the implications of COVID-19 on guests at Franciscan Outreach shelters on Chicago’s West Side. The group recognized that public health guidelines for social distancing would put shelter guests at considerable risk unless urgent actions were taken. Seven priorities were identified as immediate actions for serving vulnerably housed individuals at Franciscan Outreach. Within one month, daily calls included 100+ members from healthcare, service, and government agencies across the City of Chicago coming together to support vulnerably housed populations. The collaborative became known as the West Side Homeless COVID-19 Response Group and was later renamed the Chicago Homelessness and Health Response Group for Equity (CHHRGE). 



In “the CHHRGE report” we share lessons learned and resources developed by a team of healthcare professionals and homeless service providers who convened in mid-March 2020 to address the impact of COVID-19 on the health of people experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Together, the stakeholders of CHHRGE worked to address the devastating impact of COVID-19 across Chicago’s entire vulnerably housed population. In the report we discuss how the aligned multidisciplinary group of individuals and agencies worked collaboratively to address this public health crisis.

Proceed to to Download

CDC: What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. Learn ways you can protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Other printable respuources:
Symptoms Poster
Please Wear a Mask Poster
Stop The Spread of COVID Poster
Self-Check Symptoms

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Date: 5/14/20

Stop the Spread of COVID-19/ Germs

The CDC has updated their resources to stay informed about stopping the spread of COVID-19. Below are links to the signage and the alternate languages it’s offered in.

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, like coronavirus disease 2019 by avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering cough and sneeze; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing your hands with soap and water.

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Shop For A Cause!

Shop For A Cause with Cornerstone &

This holiday season shop our online retail store for that special gift through our partnership with Swedemom Center of Giving.

With Swedemom’s help, we are able to turn high-end donations, vintage goods, and items that aren’t immediately useful for shelter guests into useable income for Cornerstone.

This process allows us to be better stewards of peoples’ good intentions and make the best use of ALL donations while helping to ensure we can continue to provide necessary services for Chicago’s most marginalized.

So if you’re looking for antique doorknobs from the 1800s, designer cashmere sweaters, the missing piece in Grandma’s tchotchke collection or just specialty cookware, we might have exactly what you need at a great price!

To shop visit us at Cornerstone – Swedemom Center of Giving.

For more information on donating visit our website.