Articles by: Sandy RamseySandy Ramsey
Sandy J. Ramsey is Executive Director of Jesus People USA's Cornerstone Community Outreach homeless program.

by / on February 1, 2013 at 10:26 am / in CCO Stories, Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), Sandy Ramsey, Uncategorized

*UPDATED* Plastic Mats for Alley Cats

  Our friends at “New Life for Old Bags” are at it again, supporting Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO — our homeless shelter) with one of the most brilliant “repurposing” projects we’ve even seen. They take old plastic shopping bags and weave them into beautiful — […]

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by / on November 3, 2012 at 8:03 am / in CCO Stories, Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), Sandy Ramsey

It’s A Wonder-Filled Life (Christmastime at CCO)

Our holiday season opens with a homeless man appearing in our lobby who looks like Santa Claus. He disappears before we can figure out how to help him. Is even Santa Claus falling on hard times? The weather outside is frightful. It is erratic and […]

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by / on October 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm / in CCO Stories, Sandy Ramsey

THE VIADUCTS – Where Chicago’s Homeless Hide in Plain Sight

THE VIADUCTS – Where Chicago’s Homeless Hide in Plain Sight by Sandra Ramsey, Director of Cornerstone Community Outreach Shelters The following entry was journaled two years ago by CCO’s Sandy Ramsey; the questions it raises are if anything more pertinent now than they were then. […]

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by / on September 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm / in CCO Stories, Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), Sandy Ramsey

WHO ARE THE HOMELESS? CCO Director Sandra Ramsey Offers Some Clues

  Who are the homeless? If you are a movie star in California and the wild fires burn down one of your 3 or 4 homes, as a human being you still suffer an awful loss, you have lost your possessions and you grieve. In […]

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by / on September 7, 2012 at 11:19 am / in CCO Stories, Sandy Ramsey

ANOTHER CHANCE: Stories from CCO

ANOTHER CHANCE by Sandra Ramsey Many stories of faith happen at the shelter. Sometimes the stories happen at our desks, sometimes in our large dining room, and many times right out on the street. I personally like to take a folding chair and a bag […]

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by / on June 14, 2012 at 8:23 am / in CCO Stories, Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), Sandy Ramsey

THE HEALING POOL

Years ago we opened the doors of our overnight shelter to 60 homeless women who would come to sleep every night on our large dining room floor. I remembered thinking on opening night, “There is something unnatural about 60 females having no place to go […]

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by / on May 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm / in CCO Stories, Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), Sandy Ramsey

The Kingdom of God is in Blood Alley

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.” Cornerstone Community Outreach is located on Clifton Avenue. […]

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by / on May 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm / in CCO Stories, Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), Sandy Ramsey

The Car Ride

It was another hot day and I had just pulled in the alley to park the car by the shelter. A young man stood on the sidewalk patiently waiting to get my attention. I didn’t recognize him but assumed he was one of the newer […]

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by / on April 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm / in CCO Stories, Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), Sandy Ramsey

Entertaining Angels

It was a hot summer day.  Dee and I had been sitting in the office with a woman who had relapsed back into drugs.  She wanted to get treatment and was quietly crying at Dee’s desk as Dee looked up programs she could get into.  […]

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by / on April 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm / in CCO Stories, Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), Sandy Ramsey

Epworth Chronicles, Part II

Fred is a quiet mystery at age 70. Back and forth, back and forth he walks the 6 blocks every morning and evening in the cold, standing in line to receive his bed at the gym. He follows the crowd of men like a sheep […]

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