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Homeless Memorial remembers 26 Chicagoans

Twenty-six Chicagoans who died in 2016 were remembered at a Homeless Memorial service at Old St. Pat’s Church. Featuring singers from the Harmony, Hope & Healing choir, the Dec. 19 service celebrated the lives of people not forgotten by those who cared about them in their struggles with homelessness. Among them, “Richard S.” was remembered…

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CCH’s State Network launches organizing committee

CCH’s State Network, active in 11 suburbs and downstate communities, is launching a State Organizing Committee to steer its work in Illinois. Active for five years, the coalition’s statewide organizing network mobilizes more than 1,700 people a year on issues that impact homeless families, youth and adults in Illinois. Staffed by Jim Picchetti, a senior community organizer…

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Where to turn for help in Chicago’s frigid weather

With an arctic turn in the weather, Chicagoans should call “311” if they need cold weather-related help, including access to homeless shelters or city warming centers. Garfield warming center at 10 South Kedzie Avenue is open 24/7. Six other neighborhood warming centers, listed here, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays whenever temperatures go below 32…

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Temperance spoke up to secure a new home for her family

Rebuilding your life after a setback takes determination. For Temperance Thomas, it helps to be open about what she’s been through. “You got to tell your story or you’ll never get over it. I’m learning to do that,” she says. With a family to raise, Temperance is determined to move forward. In two years, she…

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Bridgeview Bank Group donates $15,000 through ‘Hearts for the Homeless’

Bridgeview Bank Group presented the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless with a donation of $15,000 upon completion of its second “Hearts for the Homeless” program. “We are grateful for the generous support of the Bridgeview Bank Group and the clients who participated in Hearts for the Homeless,” said Executive Director Doug Schenkelberg. “Together, you make…

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Homeless Memorial Service, Monday, Dec. 19 at Old St. Pat’s Church

For National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, a coalition of Chicago-based homeless service providers and advocates will host an hour-long candlelight vigil and memorial service to remember Chicagoans who died this year without a home. We gather in the shadow of the Magnificent Mile to remember that homelessness is a human struggle. Hundreds will join us for this…

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Join us at Cheers for Change, Dec. 15

Question: What do an architect, a librarian, and a copywriter have in common? Answer: All are guest bartenders for the first ever holiday installment of CCH’s popular fundraiser, Cheers For Change! On Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Owl at 2521 N. Milwaukee Avenue will play host to an eclectic mix…

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Remembering Sean McKeough and Otis Clay

We don’t do it alone. This week the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless remembers the lives of two men, important to the music community, who showed generosity toward homeless people and the work we do: Sean McKeough and Otis Clay.  As a partner and producer of Riot Fest, Sean McKeough granted CCH a wonderful platform to spread…

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Giving Tuesday: Thank you for your generous support

Many thanks for your generous support on Giving Tuesday, a global day of charitable giving held Nov. 29. We sought to raise $8,000, and by day’s end, 89 donors generously gave $8,755, surpassing our goal by 9%. We are so grateful! We’re also thankful for our youngest donor, Peninah. Accompanied by her mother, Anika, the 5-year-old…

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136 CCH leaders talk to legislators in Springfield

With the state’s 18-month stopgap budget set to expire on Dec. 31, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless brought 136 homeless leaders and students to Springfield to talk to 42 legislators during the veto session. During the November 16 lobby day, CCH leaders asked legislators to pass a responsible budget with adequate revenue. CCH sponsored three buses…

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