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Larry's life has changed completely - click here to find out how!

Eking out a survival on the streets that included bouts of homelessness and prison, Larry knew his biggest problem was his addiction that was slowly killing him. Remarkably, he found the strength to get clean and sober.

With a story like that, you might
be surprised to find out that his biggest
struggle was learning how to live again.

Click to learn more about Larry’s incredible transformation.

Larry’s life has changed completely – click here to find out how!

Let's transform lives!

The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.

This is how we do it

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  • It's Black Friday today but don't forget about #GivingTuesday on Dec 1! Here's a little joy for you, more to come!
  • Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Cara! We give thanks for all of you, our wonderful Cara community! #Grateful
  • #GivingTuesday is nearly here, @motivatedbycara's Cara CEO and President, @maria_kim vows to take a pie in the face if we reach $7,500!
  • #Motivations: Share something for which you are thankful. Please explain why.
  • Thank you for attending Tribute to the Stars yesterday! If you weren't able to attend the event you can still send a gift on #GivingTuesday!
  • “Students are determined to achieve work and life goals." -Student Services Volunteer, Peggy. #GivingTuesday
  • RT @maria_kim: there are over 611K Chicagoans living in #poverty every day. @motivatedbycara wants to make a bigger dent in that number. #c…
  • Thanks for supporting #CaraTribute2015! You can still text GIVEHOPE to 41441 or donate here
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Our Partner Programs

Clean Slate TCP Staffing

The Impact

Remain Employed

in initial job placement at one year of employment

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Our Supporters and Employers

  • Accenture
  • Engineered Glass Products
  • Armitage Baptist Church
  • Calumet Area Industrial Commission
  • Ravenswood Community Council
  • Skilken
  • Six Corners Association
  • River North Businesses
  • Various Private Groupon Customers
  • John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  • Illinois Medical District Guest House
  • Little Village Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Medical District
  • The Habitat Company
  • Union League Club
  • Scrub Inc.
  • Oce Business Services, Inc.
  • Charter One Bank
  • Standard Bank
  • Palmer House Hilton
  • Hilton Chicago O'Hare
  • Loretto Hospital
  • Gate Gourmet
  • Vacant Property Security
  • Sodexo @ Northwestern
  • Resurrection Healthcare
  • Greyhound
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago
  • Hyatt Regency O'Hare
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick
  • Standard Parking
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Securitas
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Pierce and Associates
  • Manpower
  • Mercy Housing Lakefront
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Terrace Paper Company
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cambridge Commercial Cleaning
  • Center For Working Families
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • Cleanslate
  • Digby's Security
  • Dyson, Inc.
  • ABM Janitorial Services
  • ACORN Housing
  • Allied Barton Security Services
  • Bank of America
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