Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to move 40th anniversary celebration online

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless will mark 40 years of organizing and advocating with a virtual celebration, “No Place Like Home,” on Thursday, September 24.

Guests are encouraged to make a suggested donation of $40 per household, but all are welcome to attend regardless of contribution. All guests are required to register here.

CCH is proud of the roster of sponsors lined up in support of our work. Many thanks to lead sponsor Baker McKenzie, and to our Associate-level sponsors – Fifth Third Bank, Harris & Harris, actor John Cusack and the JPC Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Kirkland & Ellis, attorney Marta Delgado and Sam Nandi, Muriel Quinn and Robert Pasin, Revolution Brewing, and SEIU. A list of additional sponsors can be found here. Contact Michael Nameche for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

The host committee is gratefully accepting original artwork and other in-kind donations to be auctioned at the event. Please contact Claire Sloss if you are willing to donate an auction item.

On September 24, we will celebrate what’s been accomplished by CCH since 1980, such as proposing and securing yearly funding for homeless prevention grants. Those grants have helped almost 120,000 Illinois households over 20 years.

“We’re also excited about the work underway,” said Executive Director Doug Schenkelberg. “Be it our advocacy in the city and state, our legal assistance to people throughout the Chicago region, or our community organizing and leadership development with our amazing grassroots leaders and service provider partners.”

CCH chose a Wizard of Oz theme for its September 24 event, to be held from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., with online interactive features available the week leading up to the event.

“The traditional gift for a 40th anniversary is rubies – think of the ruby red slippers,” explained Director of Development Michael Nameche. “The yellow brick road symbolizes our grassroots leaders and staff marching into action in CCH’s signature bright yellow shirts. Plus, we have the courage, the heart, and the brains necessary to deliver permanent solutions to homelessness.”

And just like Dorothy, we know CCH wouldn’t have made a successful journey without help!