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December 27, 2012

Sonovia Petty kept her promise to start a stable new life for her family!

Helped by community organizers at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Sonovia honed the skills and self-confidence to land a new job at a non-profit agency. Years of go-nowhere temp jobs are behind her.

“If I hadn’t worked with CCH, I wouldn’t know what I know now,” she said. “They were the first people to tell me I did something good...” Read More

Chase and CCH bring holiday cheer to Austin school

As part of the Every Child in School, Every Day initiative, JPMorgan Chase volunteers partnered with the CCH Law Project to host a holiday party for 126 children at Lewis Elementary School, located in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.

“It puts smiles on the children’s faces, as well as the parents when they pick them,” said Sharlita Davis, a CCH board member and Chase assistant vice president and contract officer, who was instrumental in planning Thursday’s party. “It’s just a happy occasion.” Read More

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Homeless Memorial remembers those who died in 2012

A memorial service and candlelight vigil was held Tuesday evening to remember those who died this year while homeless in Chicago.

It was the third year that Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams, hosted a memorial organized by CCH, The Ignatian Spirituality Project, and the Harmony, Hope & Healing Choir. The service is a part of the National Homeless Persons' Memorial, which is held at the start of winter in more than 175 U.S. communitiesRead More

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300 teens work with CCH on service-learning projects

More than 300 Chicago teens are working on Service-Learning projects with CCH and its Speaker Bureau.

Two-month projects, lasting through December, involve residents of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, and students at four Chicago Public high schools — Al Raby, Curie, Mather and Tilden.

“I have really enjoyed seeing the light bulbs go off for the kids, that they can make a difference by speaking up about problems that impact their lives,” said Molly Sanford, an AmeriCorps volunteer at Franciscan Outreach Association and a member of CCH’s new Education Committee. Read More

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