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Cornerstone Community Outreach

Cornerstone Community Outreach Addressing Homelessness, Providing Shelter, Accepting People, Finding Home. http://ccolife.org/dona FUNDING IN PART BY:

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Brief History-
Cornerstone began as a small group effort in 1989, with a few people working to meet the needs of their neighbors. At that time, women with children were becoming the new faces of homelessness in America. CCO felt drawn to meet this need to serve and shelter women with children. Over the following 20 years our programs have expanded to serve around 500 men, women, and children daily

Brief History-
Cornerstone began as a small group effort in 1989, with a few people working to meet the needs of their neighbors. At that time, women with children were becoming the new faces of homelessness in America. CCO felt drawn to meet this need to serve and shelter women with children. Over the following 20 years our programs have expanded to serve around 500 men, women, and children daily

Operating as usual

01/10/2023

A big THANK YOU to our friends at Hikmah Relief for collecting and donating 2,500 articles of clothing! These items will be put to use in our FREE Thirft Store for shelter guests who come to us in crisis. 👕 ❤️🙌

Thank you to Hope for the Homeless, a service club at Taft High School, for orgainizing a donation drive on our behalf l...
01/09/2023

Thank you to Hope for the Homeless, a service club at Taft High School, for orgainizing a donation drive on our behalf last semester!

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy our friends at CircEsteem are holding a community donation drive for us here...
01/06/2023

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy our friends at CircEsteem are holding a community donation drive for us here at Cornerstone Community Outreach!

Drop off at: CircEsteem Headquarters, 4730 N. Sheridan Road
When: January 9th - 14th between 9am and 6pm
Contact: [email protected]
Urgent needs: Children's Underwear & Socks for ages K-6th

01/01/2023

Happy New Year from Cornerstone Community Outreach!

We look forward to all the possibilities this new year brings and we thank you for being a part of our mission to disrupt the cycle of homelessness with dignity and empathy.

We are so excited to announce that Cornerstone Community Outreach  was voted as Redstone American Grill's next Woodfired...
12/30/2022

We are so excited to announce that Cornerstone Community Outreach was voted as Redstone American Grill's next Woodfired Fund, charitable giving recipient! Visit Redstone American Grill- Oakbrook between January 2nd and March 26th and Redstone will donate $1 for every Woodfired Fund menu item ordered.

A special thank you to everyone who voted for us via social media!

As part of their year end giving our long time supporters, Lakefront Supply and Builders Warehouse.com, surprised us wit...
12/28/2022

As part of their year end giving our long time supporters, Lakefront Supply and Builders Warehouse.com, surprised us with a check for $30,000 at their annual Christmas Party! This generous gift will provide over 1,000 nights of shelter and wrap around supportive services for Chicagoans in need! THANK YOU!

You can help provide a night of shelter and supportive services for just $25. Donate to make a direct impact on the life of a neighbor in need today by going to www.ccolife.org/donate

12/27/2022

Did you know you can now make a tax deductible donation of crypto currency and stocks directly to Cornerstone?

Go to https://ccolife.org/donatecrypto to learn more about how your donation could help reduce your capital gain taxes while supporting our mission!

12/27/2022

A message from our Executive Director, Andrew Winter, this giving season. We couldn't do the work we do without your support. Thank you to all the volunteers and donors who make it all possible!

Go to www.ccolife.org/donate to directly impact the life of a neighbor in need!

It all started with a big heart and a desire to do a little something special for our single adults programs at Christma...
12/26/2022

It all started with a big heart and a desire to do a little something special for our single adults programs at Christmas. This year Rose and Dennis, from A World Through Rose Colored Glasses and Moving Chicago LLC Budget Truck Rentals, have generously donated $10,000! We're so grateful for their support and care for their community!❤️

Wishing you and yours a safe and warm holiday season from  Community Outreach!
12/25/2022

Wishing you and yours a safe and warm holiday season from Community Outreach!

Photos from The Night Ministry's post
12/23/2022

Photos from The Night Ministry's post

12/23/2022

With this dangerously cold weather, if you or anyone you know is at risk, call 311 or use this warming center guide from the City of Chicago.

We Chicagoans are all preparing for the forecasted storm and for many, this just means making an extra grocery run. For those experiencing homelessness, it could be a matter of survival. We work year-round to connect people with meals, housing, and other resources, but there are many additional challenges people face during the winter.

https://loom.ly/hOM7GNc

Photos from Chicago Coalition for the Homeless's post
12/23/2022

Photos from Chicago Coalition for the Homeless's post

12/23/2022

Today is the LAST DAY to donate Socks for Dobby at A Very Harry Christmas Pop-Up inside Replay Lincoln Park! Thanks to the Replay staff for putting this creative sock drive together for our shelter guests and iniviting us to participate in their Diagon Artist Alley last weekend.

"Denise found herself unemployed and alone. Too young for social security but old enough to experience age discriminatio...
12/22/2022

"Denise found herself unemployed and alone. Too young for social security but old enough to experience age discrimination when looking for work, she knew she needed help...hard-working, sweet, and struggling to survive, Denise had been forced so far out on the margins of society that she couldn’t find her way back."

Read about Denise's inspiring journey from isolation to hope on our blog at www.ccolife.org/denise-from-isolation-to-hope

Note: Story as told to Beth Nicholls and originally published in Nov. 2015

We're so grateful for the Crafty Angels of Edgebrook Covenant Church  and these wonderful care kits they put together fo...
12/20/2022

We're so grateful for the Crafty Angels of Edgebrook Covenant Church and these wonderful care kits they put together for us every year! Additionally, these Edgebrook Covenant Church congregants donate knitted hats, scarves, afgans and shawls to keep both our shelter guests and our hearts warm this holiday season. ❤️🧣🧤

Lakefront Supply and NPC Sealants generously sponsored Christmas for our Naomi single men and women programs this year! ...
12/14/2022

Lakefront Supply and NPC Sealants generously sponsored Christmas for our Naomi single men and women programs this year! Our hearts are so full knowing that we will be able to make the holidays special, not just for our families, but for everyone who calls Cornerstone home this season.

Go to www.ccolife.org/lakefront-supply-mission-business to read more about how Lakefront's business model was made to give back to those in need from the very beginning! We honestly would not be here today without their support over the decades.❤️🏡

A big THANK YOU to our friends at Hinsdale Covenant Church for organizing their annual blanket drive on our behalf! Thes...
12/13/2022

A big THANK YOU to our friends at Hinsdale Covenant Church for organizing their annual blanket drive on our behalf! These blankets will go to shelter guests and be distributed to neighbors in need through our outreach program.

“The path to peace is a lifelong journey. Sometimes you’re on a paved road. Sometimes you’re walking on a gravel or dirt...
12/12/2022

“The path to peace is a lifelong journey.
Sometimes you’re on a paved road.
Sometimes you’re walking on a gravel or dirt road.
It’s still your journey. It’s not just for a bit of time. It’s for a lifetime."
- Sandra

Read more about Sandra's Path to Peace at ccolife.org/sandras-path-to-peace

Sisters Bonnie and Mary have supported Cornerstone Community Outreach for years with their knack for finding a bargain. ...
12/09/2022

Sisters Bonnie and Mary have supported Cornerstone Community Outreach for years with their knack for finding a bargain. From towels and washcloths, to shower shoes, pillows, christmas wrapping paper and much more! We're so grateful to Northbrook Covenant Church for their help in providing these everyday neccessities for our programs.

12/07/2022

Naomi Men's Program Head, Franck Moukiama, is grateful for the support of Heartland Alliance and Rush University System for Health in helping to provide on site medical care and mental health services to shelter guests here at Cornerstone Community Outreach!

Go to www.ccolife.org/cco-christmas-donations to find out how you can be a part of our mission to help people find home!

A big THANK YOU to our friends at Covenant Living of Northbrook for putting together a winter sock drive for us! They co...
12/06/2022

A big THANK YOU to our friends at Covenant Living of Northbrook for putting together a winter sock drive for us! They collected 580 pairs of warm boots socks for all ages!

It's not too late to organize a donation drive on our behalf. In the past few weeks we've welcomed over 60 new shelter guests, many of them with children waiting for Santa. Help us make the season special for a neighbor in need! Call our Donation Center at 773-271-8163 ext 35 or email us directly at [email protected] for more information.

Cornerstone Community Outreach is so excited to be a recipients of Burlington's annual coat drive again this year! Our f...
12/05/2022

Cornerstone Community Outreach is so excited to be a recipients of Burlington's annual coat drive again this year! Our first pickup of the season was from our friends at the State Street location in the heart of downtown. Don't forget that you can drop off new or gently used coats at any Burlington location and they will go directly to community organizations like ours!

What an amazing way to honor a loved one! This week Naomi would have been 72 and to honor her memory her family donated ...
12/02/2022

What an amazing way to honor a loved one!
This week Naomi would have been 72 and to honor her memory her family donated gifts to our Naomi program for single men and women as well as 72 toys for kids! We were blown away by the legacy of giving and compassion for others that Naomi left behind. What an honor to accept this donation!

A big THANK YOU to Marissa's Team at AbbVie for putting together an office coat drive for us here at Cornerstone Communi...
11/30/2022

A big THANK YOU to Marissa's Team at AbbVie for putting together an office coat drive for us here at Cornerstone Community Outreach!

If you'd like to organize a drive on our behalf contact our Donations Coordinator, Sarah Wright, at [email protected] or call our Donation Center at 773-271-8163 ext 35

What better gift can you give this  than the gift of home? Your tax deductible gift means safety for a family in crisis....
11/29/2022

What better gift can you give this than the gift of home?

Your tax deductible gift means safety for a family in crisis. A warm bed, nutritious meals, and someone to walk alongside them in their journey to find home. Be a part of our legacy of care and compassion for Chicagoans experiencing homelessness this giving season!

Go to ccolife.org/cco-donations to donate today. Now also accepting Cryptocurrency!

Did you know we now accept donations of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and over 80 additional leading Cryptocurrencies? Go to www.cc...
11/28/2022

Did you know we now accept donations of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and over 80 additional leading Cryptocurrencies?

Go to www.ccolife.org/donatecrypto to learn more about The Giving Block and how you can reduce your capital gains taxes while supporting a good cause!

11/26/2022

What are YOU thankful for this Holiday Season?

Donations Coordinator, Sarah Wright, shares her thoughts on being a part of a culture of care here at Cornerstone. Go to www.ccolife.org/cco-christmas-donations to find out how you can be a part of our mission to help people find home!

Today and everyday we are thankful for the support of our community, for our incredible staff, for the selfless voluntee...
11/24/2022

Today and everyday we are thankful for the support of our community, for our incredible staff, for the selfless volunteers, and for our donors who make it all possbile. Thank you for being a part of this commitment to help our houseless neighbors find home!

While you're shopping this holiday season give every power chord for new tech or curtain panel for the guest room a grea...
11/23/2022

While you're shopping this holiday season give every power chord for new tech or curtain panel for the guest room a greater purpose with AmazonSmile and Cornerstone Community Outreach!

Simply click the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3670992 to get set up with Amazon Smile and a portion of every eligible purchase will help Cornerstone to help provide food, shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness.

Christmas donations have started trickling in already! Yesterday our friends at Lemons of Love sent us 125 care bags for...
11/18/2022

Christmas donations have started trickling in already! Yesterday our friends at Lemons of Love sent us 125 care bags for the children spending the holidays with us. Each bag conatins a new stuffed animal, a pair of socks, coloring book, crayons, and a card game!

Donate to help Cornerstone Community Outreach improve our green space program for the next growing season! Now thru Dece...
11/15/2022

Donate to help Cornerstone Community Outreach improve our green space program for the next growing season!
Now thru December 15th our goal is to raise $600 with SeedMoney to replace rooftop planters and introduce new plants into our eduactional programming for children & adults.
⬇️Click the link in our bio to donate or go to⬇️
https://donate.seedmoney.org/7671/cco-seeds-of-hope

11/14/2022

Our friends over at The Riviera Theatre have been sending over dozens of Dunkin' Donuts for Cornerstone Community Outreach shelter guests and staff any day they are having a show! Thank you so much for this sweet treat!🍩❤️

Thank You to our friends at BDO FMA for organizing a toiletries drive for Cornerstone Community Outreach during your rec...
11/11/2022

Thank You to our friends at BDO FMA for organizing a toiletries drive for Cornerstone Community Outreach during your recent work conference. What a great way to help non-profits while helping non-profits!

Throwing it back to our Halloween Party and our amazing volunteers from East Bank Club, Chicago Hopes for Kids, and Amer...
11/10/2022

Throwing it back to our Halloween Party and our amazing volunteers from East Bank Club, Chicago Hopes for Kids, and AmeriCorps. Thank you for helping to make the evening extra special for the families with kids!

Yesterday we recieved a big sock donation from the second graders at PetersonElementarySchool! We're so grateful to be...
11/09/2022

Yesterday we recieved a big sock donation from the second graders at PetersonElementarySchool! We're so grateful to be the recipient of this thoughtful donation drive put on by kiddos who want to make an impact on their community.

If you'd like to organize a donations drive on behalf of Cornerstone Community Outreach email us at [email protected] org or call our Donation Center 773-271-8163 ext 35

Your vote makes an impact! Get out and vote today to make your voice heard. Visit www.vote.org for a polling place locat...
11/08/2022

Your vote makes an impact! Get out and vote today to make your voice heard.

Visit www.vote.org for a polling place locator or to see what's on your local ballot!

Our winter coat drive is in full swing! We are in urgent need of toddlers size 2T-6T as well as adult plus/big & tall si...
11/07/2022

Our winter coat drive is in full swing! We are in urgent need of toddlers size 2T-6T as well as adult plus/big & tall sizes XL-5X right now.

If you have winter gear you'd like to donate give us a call at 773.271.8163 ext 35 to schedule a drop-off at our donation center! Or if you'd like to organize a drive on our behalf email our Donations Coordinator, Sarah Wright, at [email protected] for more details.

Looking for a donation site closer to you? Check out the One Warm Coat Nonprofit Locator Map to find a drop-off site near you! Go to https://loom.ly/zU-Fuh0 or click the link in our bio!

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4615 N Clifton Avenue
Chicago, IL
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Congratulations Sandy on your recent retirement,you believed in me when I didn't believe in myself ,and helped me find my way back from homelessness.
It's been 10 years, and while I am no linger homeless.I still remember you all and how supportive you were, and what a difference it made for me. Thank you for being a bright and shining star in the journey through my dark night.May God bless you,and keep you safe always.
We'd like to thank the youth of Naperville Covenant Church for helping staff put together over 65 Easter bags for the children staying at Cornerstone Community Outreach!

If you're interested in bringing a group to serve the Uptown community alongside us you can learn more at www.jesuspeoplemissions.org

Our partner, Cornerstone Community Outreach, is in need of clothing donations! Please give as you are able.
Did you know that Everybody's Coffee supports our mission to serve the homeless of Chicago at Cornerstone Community Outreach? Not only do they make award winning coffee, but they also directly source and roast their own beans. Tune in to the Jesus People USA Facebook or Instagram on Monday as Rich explains the roasting process.
A Shared Life: Summer In Chicago (07.11.2021 - 09.21.2021)

A Shared Life: Summer In Chicago footage includes:
July 11 - Goodbye Theisens party, bubbles, fireworks
July 12 - cloudy commute
July 14 - buying tickets to shows again, sign at Reggies
July 15 - another cloudy commute
July 16 - Punk Rock & Paintbrushes art show
July 17 - Flatfoot 56 - OLLIE MOB show, Nocturna, lost Cards Against Humanity, inconsiderate parking
July 18 - Ollie Mob BBQ
July 20 - Uptown shooting
July 23 - Wicker Park Fest, moon shot
July 27 - Chicago Transit Authority commute, dart on window, skull finished
July 28 - Driving by Lollapalooza, sign challenge
July 29 - Chicago to Warren
July 30 - Visiting grandparents grave, working on the hunting fort
July 31 - Sorensen/Johnson memorial & Reunion
Aug 1 - Warren to Chicago
Aug 2 - Six Flags
Aug 4 - Passing the Reggies bus
Aug 7 - Neo Reunion @ Metro Chicago
Aug 9 - Guy falls off bike
Aug 10 - Neighborhood storm debris
Aug 11 - Uptown storm debris
Aug 14 - Aurora, The Castros, art show, Wayne's World memorabilia in Hollywood Casino Aurora
Aug 15 - Cheesie's Pub & Grub- Lakeview & Wrigley
Aug 16 - Uptown characters
Aug 20 - Blue Angel flyby, Moon shot
Aug 21 - Wheaton ALL NIGHT FLEA & Haunted Flea Market, another Moon shot, Nocturna
Aug 22 - Yet another Moon shot
Aug 24 - Lightning
Aug 25 - More lightning
Aug 28 - BBQ Baked Potato @ Skooters RoadHouse & P.O.D. @ The Forge in Joliet
Aug 29 - Rainbow @ Meijer Highland IN
Sept 1 - Filming at Cornerstone Community Outreach for a show
Sept 3 - Mountain Dew Spark taste test, The Castros at Endiro Coffee, Aurora
Sept 9 - hit by stick on L*D
Sept 11 - Car wash, Telly @ Meijer
Sept 12 - Pittsburgh Steelers win!
Sept 15 - Mexican Independence celebrating
Sept 16 - Smokey car, more Mexican Independence celebrating
Sept 19 - Mountain Dew Voodoo 2021 taste test
Sept 20 - line to see Metallica & COVID19 car
Sept 21 - lake waves, prep for a trip

Additional soundtrack includes "Fly Away" by PAX217, "Time Of Your Song" by Matisyahu, "LSP Vs. DPR" & "LSP Vs. DPR (DUB version)" by Lee Scratch Perry (official) & Dread Pirate Roberts, "There Is No Death" by the Soil & the Sun, "It Is Well" by 6'10, "That Where I Am There You May Also Be" by Rich Mullins & Ragamuffin Band & Friends, "Heaven Is Home" by The Waiting, "Heaven (Balcony Sunset Version)" by Pomegranates, "Heaven’s People" by Carriers, "On Yer Bike!" by Kevin Max, "Wayne’s World Theme" by Mike Meyers & Dana Carvey, "Following The Moon" by Travelogue, "Into The Storm" by Five Iron Frenzy, "Tin Cans" by The Castros, "San Patricios" by Street Dogs, "Menudo Fresh" & "Menudo Lounge" by CRUSH THE ENEMY

Filmed using Canon Rebel T6, iPhone 6 and 8, & CrossTour CR900 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Titles and other animations created using Motion 4 on a MacBook by Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson
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https://youtu.be/YjRz13kUpY0 via YouTube
Take a moment to read the end-of-year letter from Cornerstone Community Outreach's Executive Director, Sandra Ramsey. And consider making a tax-deductible donation that supports CCO's mission to Address Homelessness, Provide Shelter, Accept People, and help them Find a Home.
Thank you, thank you, thank you − we collected over 140 toys for a local community organization, Cornerstone Community Outreach!

Wishing you a happy, health & safe New Year 2022.




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Our partners at the The Honeycomb Project joined us once again for our annual PJ & Book drive! We collect these gifts for children of all ages at Cornerstone Community Outreach to help spread literacy and make the holidays a little more cozy. Thank you to all the families who participated!
Baird & Warner Edgebrook is excited to announce we are partnering with Cornerstone Community Outreach to fill their Annual Holiday Wish Lists for Children and Adults. Your gift will make the holidays shine a bit brighter for those experiencing homelessness during the Holiday season. Click the link below to shop and send your gift directly to Cornerstone Community Outreach. Please select Amanda Learmond as the shipping address recipient.

❤️ Wishlist for Children:
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/7PKK8R36IZ7O/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex

❤️ Wishlist for Adults:
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/33ESGUNXQ9VKQ/ref=pe_2409890_375292310_hz_ls_biz_gs
It's and we invite you to help the important work Cornerstone Community Outreach is doing to help families experiencing find home. Click the link to donate and help provide food, , and supportive services for Chicago's most vulnerable.
www.ccolife.org/giving-tuesday-is-here

You can now get Chicago's for your desk! A perfect gift for the holidays, this advent calendar includes the beautiful artwork of the Wilson Abbey Windows.

Also, 100% of the profits go to providing shelter and supportive services at Cornerstone Community Outreach.

Order now at https://loom.ly/yW-RSAg or click the link in our bio.
Uptown Garden Collective created portable mini gardens on the Cornerstone Community Outreach rooftop to make it easier for shelter guests to take them along when moving into new housing.

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