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.
WHO WE ARE
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).
THE CHHRGE REPORT
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.
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 donating money at this time if you can.
Disposable dishes and cutlery in cases or factory sealed packages
Mobile electronic devices for the residents to do tele-health or attend school. Must be at least:
iPhone 6s or newer and iPads from 2014 or newer
mobile android 2018 or newer
Apple laptops/computers 2013 or newer
Windows enabled laptops/computers 2017 or newer
Non-perishable food and snacks in factory sealed cases or bags
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
diapers any size
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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!
Today Kicks 4 The City fit everyone at the Cornerstone cafeteria personally, with a new pair of shoes. The smiles were contagious, and gratitude so high. We are so grateful to Justin, Paige and all the amazing people who came today to make so many happy and provide such an essential item as shoes.
Join Team CCO for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Over 330 people stay at Cornerstone Community Outreach who are experiencing homelessness. What’s one way you can help them on their path to being housed?
Run a marathon!
Yes, that is a daunting task, but for those who decide to put one foot in front of the other, the path is there!
With Team CCO, our charity fitness crew, you can use your love of running to bring support to Cornerstone. Through fundraising, connecting with others to build awareness, and on course visibility, you can help a family get housed!
The 2019 Team CCO runners raised enough money combined to provide 4,195 nights of shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Our goal for 2020 is to raise enough for over 6,000 nights. Help us meet that goal, and meet your own too!
This summer a beautiful mural was created at Cornerstone Community Outreach. It is called “If You Only Knew”, by Steven Teller. #MostBeautifulMuralInChicago
The empowered female figure is an emblem of hope, resilience, and natural elegance. Hardy Blue Asters which surround the young woman, are a symbol of strength. The image is intended to bring hope and inspiration to the families and single adults who are moving to safe, stable housing through Cornerstone Community Outreach.
The Hannah House program that it is painted on, provides safe shelter 55 women and children and has been operating successfully since 1989, enabling hundreds of families to move from homelessness to stable housing.
As we are nearing the end of 2019, we ask that you consider making a substantial donation to help this amazing work continue. The program is funded in part by the City of Chicago, however we need supporters like you to complete the success. Click below to see the donate today, several levels are available too!