Good Samaritan

Glenn James, Good SamaritanGlenn James, a homeless Boston man, found a backpack that contained $42,000 in cash and travelers checks. He immediately turned it in to police. Mr. James said, “even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny. I am extremely religious — God has always very well looked after me.”

Mr. James became homeless due to loss of employment. He suffers from an ear disorder that causes bouts of vertigo. His story has caught a lot of attention and concerned persons have started a fundraising page at GoFundMe.

Click here to read the full article.

Thank you, Mr. James, for showing character, integrity and breaking down false stereotypes about homeless people. You are a great example to us all!

Belated Valentines Day from CCO!

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Everyone at Cornerstone Community Outreach would like to wish you Happy Belated Valentines Day!

Our website was down yesterday so we are sending our greeting out a little late.

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”

-Mother Teresa

Give a gift in honor of Valentines Day! Your donation can and does having a lasting impact on our shelter residents. To donate click on the “Donate Now” button below. Thank you!


Nutritious Meals…


In 2012, CCO shelter residents were served over 80,456 meals. Also, over 19,500 bags of food left CCO to help feed our neighbors in need. Through our Dinner Guest Program 5,200 meals were served to food-insecure Chicagoans in the CCO dining room.

The following is an article about our Food Bag Program-

The early-morning line for food stretches down the sidewalk. Person after person after person is holding a bag or leaning on a small food cart. The food program is about to begin and standing in the winter breeze is not an option. Chris Ramsey and his clutch of faithful volunteers usher everyone in early to have a seat in the heated dining room. Grandmothers, military veterans, unemployed adults, a rainbow of ethnicities wait patiently to shop through the options at the front of the line.

The volunteers have been busy for hours inside the building, unloading a small mountain of boxes containing canned goods, boxed foods, breads, frozen meats, cereal, fruits and vegetables. Some are part of a visiting group and many are folks who have been helped by the food pantry in the past. This is their way of giving back.

Chris Ramsey, who manages the food program, is hauling boxes of frozen meat out of the kitchen and arranging them at the end of the long table of food choices. Chris has been doing this for years. He checks with his volunteers, kindly tapping a few of them on the shoulder, and tosses a quick hello and wave to familiar pantry attendants. Long tables have been arranged in an L shape for the food line. A variety of foods are dropped into bags as the people make their way down the line. Everything is ready and now the shopping has begun.

At the CCO food bag program each person is able to select what they need from the options before them, and every week different foods are available. It is nice to give people a choice to accept or decline certain foods. What one person may not like, another might be anxious to take home. It’s a system that works at CCO and people seem to be happy with it.

Chris Ramsey estimates that nearly 150 households are able to take multiple bags of food home from Cornerstone each week. It’s clear that Chris is glad to know people are being fed and, hopefully, not having to choose between medication and dinner or rent and groceries.

The food bag program started over 20 years ago, giving out powered milk, margarine and potatoes. It’s amazing to see how it’s grown into a program that provides for hundreds of our neighbors. It’s also encouraging to see the heart and soul that goes into this major event each week.



Leland House Christmas Party!


Saturday, Leland House Permanent Housing program for families had their annual Christmas party! A special thanks goes to Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church for providing a delicious feast. First Trust Portfolio provided new gifts for all of our residents. And we want to say an enthusiastic thank you to the musicians at Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church. Thanks!

Giving Tuesday?

You might be asking yourself what is Giving Tuesday? We’ve had Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday but a new tradition has begun, Giving Tuesday. The intention behind Giving Tuesday is to bring the needs of others into focus after a holiday weekend that has consuming at it’s core.
Will you consider giving to the work of CCO this Giving Tuesday? Your donation will insure that we can provide shelter and supportive services to everyone who comes through our doors.
You can Donate Now by clicking the button above.
Thank You!

Team CCO

Team CCO ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2012. It was an amazing event with a dedicated group of runners. We are grateful for all they accomplished for the residents of CCO!

We have reached our team goal of $12,000! Help us continue to raise funds for our shelter residents!
“Running a marathon is hard, but being homeless is harder.”Patrick McCormack, long time runner.
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