Who We Are

Evolving to better serve a vulnerable community.

2011 – C-U at Home founded by Melany Jackson
2012 – First annual One Winter Night event
2014 – Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center opens
2018 – C-U Men’s Winter Shelter opens
2019 – C-U Men’s Shelter becomes year-round
2020 – Austin’s Place Women’s Shelter joins C-U at Home
2021/2022 – Dedicated case management for residents added and “Pathways to Progress” shelter programs implemented

C-U at Home executive director Melissa Courtwright, staff, and clients talk about our “Pathways to Progress” shelter programs.

Our story starts with one woman’s determination to serve Jesus by helping some of our most vulnerable neighbors. In 2011, fueled by a passion and commitment to serving the homeless stemming from a history of helping those in need, Melany Jackson founded C-U at Home.

Beginning with just one transitional house, Melany began to find ways to start showing the love of God to people in need. At the time, there were existing shelters in Champaign-Urbana but no day center, so Melany identified that gap and worked to fill it. She put together what became an annual fundraising and community awareness event known as One Winter Night, and soon she was able to raise enough money and support from the community to open the Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center.

Two years later, the largest shelter in the twin cities closed due to a loss of funding, so C-U at Home once again identified a gap in services and worked to fill it. Partnering with churches and gathering funding from the community, C-U at Home was able to participate in setting up a temporary emergency men’s shelter . . . read more


C-U at Home exists to support and empower individuals who are experiencing homelessness by providing a safe environment where they can progress toward stability, access resources, and receive other essential supportive services.

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C-U at Home is recognized by the Illinois Secretary of State and the IRS as a 501(c)(3), a tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation. Supporting documentation is available at our office upon request.

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