Miniature rooms, big impact


CCH is working with a renowned miniature room artist, Henry Kupjack, to bring an exciting, one-of-a-kind exhibit to Chicago’s Loop in fall 2014. To underwrite the exhibit, CCH is auctioning a Kupjack room, with the online bidding to end Thursday, Dec. 19 at 2:15 p.m. CST.

Hank Kupjack generously donated one of his exquisite works – New England Parlor, circa 1770 – to be auctioned on Charity Buzz. It’s the first time a Kupjack room has ever been auctioned for charity! Details and images of the room can be found HEREContinue reading Miniature rooms, big impact

Homeless Person’s Memorial Tuesday

IMG_1431_compressedTuesday, Dec. 17, CCH will co-host a candlelight vigil and memorial service to remember the Chicagoans who died while homeless in 2013.

Chicago’s Homeless Person’s Memorial will be held at 6 p.m. at Old St. Pat’s Church, 700 W. Adams. The hour-long service is free to the public.

As we gather in the shadow of the Magnificent Mile, we will remember that homelessness is a human struggle. Join us as we come together to remember the men and women struggled with homelessness.  Continue reading Homeless Person’s Memorial Tuesday

Video: Join the Fight

Our new video “Join the Fight,” features Law Project client Jamilah Scott, State Rep. Greg Harris, youth leader Kaleyah Wesley, and other influential people that CCH partners with in our fight to end homelessness.

In her interview, Ms. Scott says, “Like any parent, I want my child to be able to go to school, and be 14, and be a kid. It is difficult that I am having to fight this hard for her to get a public school education.”

Special thanks to Shruti Sharma, long-time CCH friend and volunteer, who directed and edited the video.

Giving Tuesday – support homeless youth

Homeless YouthThis Tuesday, Dec. 3 is “Giving Tuesday” and CCH is inviting its community of contributors to participate by supporting our weekly outreach to homeless youth. Click here to donate.

To make your contribution more impactful, the Pierce Family Foundation has generously offered to match your gift – 50 cents for every $1 given to this campaign.  Continue reading Giving Tuesday – support homeless youth

Andrew’s dreams of college are now a reality, thanks to his hard work and your support

Andrew Strmic took Advanced Placement Chemistry in high school, earning a top score of 5 on the national exam. That’s to be expected from a student who this fall started chemical engineering studies at the University of Illinois – Chicago.

What’s impressive is that Andrew could stay focused on his AP exam, since he became homeless that same month.  Continue reading Andrew’s dreams of college are now a reality, thanks to his hard work and your support

Remembering John “Juancho” Donahue, 10 years later

Executive Director Ed Shurna writes in remembrance of our late executive director, John “Juancho” Donahue.

Ed’s essay is the first of daily essays by staff, interns and volunteers who write about what inspires their work at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, as we mark National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. The event is organized by the National Coalition for the Homeless, on which Ed serves as board member.


Juancho vive, la lucha sigue.

Juancho lives and the struggle continues.

Ten years ago this Sunday, November 17, we commemorate the passing of Juancho Donahue, father, friend, colleague, warrior for justice.  Continue reading Remembering John “Juancho” Donahue, 10 years later

Associate Board Halloween Party this Friday

The day after Halloween, Nov. 1, CCH’s Associate Board will still be rocking in spook-tacular style at its Halloween Bash fundraiser.

CCH jack o lanternFriday, November 1

Lucky’s Sandwich Co.

1635 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

7 p.m. to 12 midnight

There is no cover charge. Instead, the Associate Board assembled a team of guest bartenders who are collecting tips to support the work of CCH.  Continue reading Associate Board Halloween Party this Friday

Equal Justice Works: Graham Bowman joins legal staff to advocate for health care access for youth

IMG_0191As the U.S. enters a new era of healthcare for all, CCH is pleased to welcome attorney Graham Bowman, its first staff member to work full-time advocating for the healthcare rights of people experiencing homelessness.

Graham’s work is supported by Equal Justice Works, through a two-year fellowship funded by Pfizer, Inc. and Jackson Lewis LLP. Working with the Law Project at CCH, Graham will train service providers to help older homeless youth apply for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Outreach also is planned at adult shelters that house older youth.  Continue reading Equal Justice Works: Graham Bowman joins legal staff to advocate for health care access for youth

Your help needed: 1st count of Chicago’s homeless youth runs through Oct. 8

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CCH community organizers will distribute surveys to homeless youth and service providers.

Chicago’s first citywide count of homeless youth ends on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Your help is needed to get youth, ages 25 and younger, to participate in this important survey.

For two weeks, the city has been collecting surveys of youth who do not have a permanent and safe place to live. It takes about 15 minutes to complete.

“These surveys are important, because the city will use the data it collects to decide whether more resources are needed for homeless youth, and what those resources will be,” said Youth Attorney Beth Cunningham.  Continue reading Your help needed: 1st count of Chicago’s homeless youth runs through Oct. 8

Cheers for Change


Question: What do a lawyer, a truck driver, and a writer have in common?

Answer: They were guest bartenders for the latest installment of our popular fundraiser, Cheers For Change!

On Friday, Sept. 27 at The Owl, 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave., an eclectic mix of 11 volunteer bartenders hosted their friends and friends of CCH for an evening of fun and fundraising.

There was no cover charge for the event, which started at 6 p.m. Instead, all “tips” collected by bartenders during the 4-hour party – whether given in-person that night, or virtually online – became tax-deductible donations to support our work.

Hope you could join us! We raised our glasses, raised our voices, and raised money for CCH and its vital work.

For a complete list of bartenders and to make online tips, go here: