Often something as simple as identification can stand in the way of job training, education, employment, and housing. CCO case managers work hard to get essential identification so that goals can be met. As a result, families and single adults are brought one step closer to stability and “finding home.”
In 2016, 331 Birth Certificates and State ID’s were obtained by those sheltered at CCO. Many people entering CCO have no identification or income. Staff work with shelter guests to secure ID so that they can access housing lists, job training, schooling, medical assistance, and more. Without identification, it is impossible to move forward to secure housing.
Thank you for celebrating this important 2016 success with us. In 2017, we hope you continue to be a part of the fabulous things happening in the lives of those who experience homelessness. Please consider donating today!
Neighbor Carts are coming back! The map above will help you find out where you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables this summer. Neighbor Carts are part of StreetWise, an organization that works to stabilize homeless individuals through employment and social services.
If you’re out and about in the city be sure to stop by a Neighbor Cart and get some delicious produce!
Congratulations Robert, Peaches, Patricia and family! The staff, volunteers, and residents of CCO never get weary of seeing CCO shelter guests proudly displaying their new apartment keys. Not only did the three pictured here get housed, they also obtained employment while being sheltered at CCO!
In 2013, 69% of CCO’s new shelter guests informed staff at intake that they had no income. For many homeless people CCO is the first step in a long climb out of homelessness and into stable housing. With no income these efforts can take additional time.
We are privileged to take these steps with our shelter guests and rejoice with them when employment, housing, and many other stabilizing milestones are reached. Good things are happening at CCO!
Congratulations to four of our shelter guests who became employed last week! Each of the individuals live in one of CCO’s family shelters. Case managers and interns worked together to create these opportunities for employment. Congratulations!
CCO’s case-management staff strive to treat each of our residents with dignity and respect while guiding clients towards stability. Residents of CCO’s programs receive assistance with practical matters such as resume writing, job referrals, and housing referrals as well as guidance as they build new lives for themselves and their families. This assistance may be simple: help regaining lost identification or a bus card to take them to a job interview. Sometimes the help our families and individuals need is more complex: resolving conflict within their family or with other residents, assistance with budgeting skills, and referrals for the treatment of addiction or mental illness. Our staff make every effort to meet the needs of our residents and provide them with opportunities for growth and a new start.
While living at Cornerstone Community Outreach John’s case manager referred him to the culinary course at Inspiration Corporation. John has completed the program and graduated. He is now employed and looking forward to permanent housing for himself and his family. Congratulations, John! We’re proud of you!
Are you interested in partnering with CCO to provide safe, supportive shelter for families like John’s? If so, click on the Donate Now button above. Thank you!