General

18 Jul 2018

Meet “Papa G” of Uptown

By |2018-07-18T12:46:07+00:00July 18th, 2018|General|0 Comments

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.

Be sure to Join the Jesus In The Least Facebook Group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/JesusInTheLeast

Order ‘Discovering Jesus in the Least’ at WestBow

Order ‘Discovering Jesus in the Least’ at Amazon

2 Jul 2018

A few Muslims serve at CCO during Ramadan

By |2018-07-02T12:44:42+00:00July 2nd, 2018|General|0 Comments

Offer a meal to the poor and homeless

Cornerstone was visited recently by a very friendly group from a Mosque in Streamwood, IL. They had a great time, working together, bringing their own food and supplies, to serve our clients. It was during the time of Ramadan, which is the month of fasting that they observe each year. These folks refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset each day during the month of Ramadan. One of the primary goals of this practice is to help curb one’s fleshly appetites, and to more deeply appreciate the food and drink, and the lifestyle that a full stomach facilitates.

And as I was reading in some Muslim literature, this practice encourages those who “fairly well off”, as well as anyone else who engages in this practice to have much more compassion towards the poor and the homeless who face “hunger” each and every day.

Not a bad thing at all. Maybe we Christians can learn something from this. I think so.

Take care, Chris.

Be sure to Join the Jesus In The Least Facebook Group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/JesusInTheLeast

Order ‘Discovering Jesus in the Least’ at WestBow

Order ‘Discovering Jesus in the Least’ at Amazon

20 Jun 2018

Chicago Police and Mariano’s Team Up!

By |2018-06-20T12:36:21+00:00June 20th, 2018|General|0 Comments

Food Drive helps Cornerstone’s Pantry

Cornerstone was recently blessed with a large donation of vegetables and canned goods from the Chicago Police Dept. and Mariano’s grocers.

And we’d like to thank them both for their efforts in remembering the inner-city poor and homeless.

And I’d like to add that this is just one of the many ways God gets his work done—different organizations team up to combine their resources to make a difference… a difference in people’s lives.

Not a bad way to get God to notice either. (See Acts 10:4).

Take care, Chris.

Be sure to Join the Jesus In The Least Facebook Group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/JesusInTheLeast

Order ‘Discovering Jesus in the Least’ at WestBow

Order ‘Discovering Jesus in the Least’ at Amazon

20 Jun 2018

The Faces of Poverty!

By |2018-06-20T12:25:46+00:00June 20th, 2018|General|0 Comments

They’re all around you!

I was leafing through my recent AARP mag ( yeah, I do qualify!) when I stumbled on an ad. It stated: “The face of poverty isn’t who you think.”

And then it calmly stated “a truth” that is all to common across our country. “Life doesn’t always go as planned. Today, 1 in 7 seniors live in poverty.”

So when you see that “old lady” or that “elderly gentleman” pushing their walkers down the street …I ask you (and myself) to think about where they are going. They just might be on their way to Micky D’s for one of their main meals of the day.

And maybe… just maybe…. we might want to become their “friend” if God should so lead us. I mean, a lot of our neighbors in this day and age are a tad bit older than us.

And don’t we all know… they could use a little love.

Take care, Chris.

Be sure to Join the Jesus In The Least Facebook Group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/JesusInTheLeast

Order ‘Discovering Jesus in the Least’ at WestBow

Order ‘Discovering Jesus in the Least’ at Amazon