Meet “Papa G” of Uptown

84 years young!

Here’s our beautiful friend “Papa G” who has lived in Uptown, Chicago since 1956. He tells me he’s lived quite a life. He was blessed with 5 girls and 1 boy. And that in turn added up to some 40 grandchildren!

Papa G tells me that he’s worked many, many jobs through out his life. One of his favorite was working for Baskin-clothing as a tailor for 18 years.

Papa G has been friends with Cornerstone for many years. He just enjoys stopping by and chatting about the latest in neighborhood “gossip” or just being so friendly and “real” with so many of our clients.

One person that he really loves is my wonderful wife, Sandy Ramsey, who just happens to be the CEO of CCO. “She is always trying to help people,” he says. ” She don’t care who you are, she’ll help you. She’s good people.” ( I couldn’t agree more.)

So Papa G gets around with a walker. He says he goes to physical therapy 5 days a week. “If you don’t walk, you’re going to lose it, ” he says.

His admonition to the poor folks struggling to survive in Uptown: “Learn to stick together… and stop envying each other!”

Thanks Papa G for sharing your wisdom… with us all.

Take care, Chris.

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About the Author:

Chris Ramsey has been a member of the Jesus People U.S.A. community in Chicago since 1975. Throughout those 40 years, Ramsey has been involved in evangelism, writing, interviewing, and serving the poor. He’s also a kind of “crazy” character who’s constantly asking himself, “Where do I fit in”? For the past 25 years, Chris has discovered that his role in serving the homeless and the poor at Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), seems to fit him quite nicely. He is happily married to Sandy Ramsey, the executive director of CCO, and has two adult sons, Christopher and Jonathan.