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Actively addressing the local need for a qualified, trained and motivated workforce, Cara partners with companies from all industries and of all sizes, including firms such as The Habitat Company, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, ABM Janitorial Services, Eataly and Chicago Transit Authority.  Employment partners choose to work with Cara because it is good for the community, and because it creates real value (and cost savings) for their firms as well.   Cara students are motivated, trained and ready to work; and like those who have paved the way before them, they continue to thrive on the job - over 70% remain employed at their initial placement for at least one year (a stat that outpaces the national average for the same industries we work in by over 20%).  

“We collaborate with Cara because they create innovative and value driven solutions for their customers.  As a leader in our industry, we seek out partners who are leaders in theirs – and Cara is just that.”
- Bill Conway, Human Resources Manager, Cameo Containers (a division of Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.)
“I would highly recommend Cara to any prospective employer. Not only will you be working with a professional staff, but also, a pool of highly qualified candidates.”
- Linda Chirbas, Regional Recruiting Consultant, Pitney Bowes
"Cara has a proven track record of being an effective, reliable and responsive community partner, committed to the students of the program in helping them achieve long lasting success.  We want to be a part of that mission."
- Maria Lin, Program Director of Human Resources, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
"Through our partnership with Cara, The Habitat Company receives great employees. They have extensive basic training in job and life skills; and they are an asset to our community."
- Olivia Giannattasio, Human Resources Representative, The Habitat Company

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The Impact

The Cara Program is a 4-Star Charity

Charity Navigator has awarded The Cara Program its most coveted 4-star rating!

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Our Partner Programs

  • Clean Slate
  • TCP Staffing

Our Supporters and Employers

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Kellogg Company
  • Lurie Children's Hospital
  • Mariano's
  • Rebuilding Exchange
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Sodexo
  • Salvation Army
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Levy Restaurants
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Rivers Casino
  • Fitness Formula Clubs
  • Eataly Chicago
  • Housing Authority of Cook County
  • Catholic Charities
  • Harvard Maintenance Inc
  • Gotham Greens
  • Engineered Glass Products
  • The Habitat Company
  • Union League Club
  • Palmer House Hilton
  • Hilton Chicago O'Hare
  • Loretto Hospital
  • Resurrection Healthcare
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago
  • Hyatt Regency O'Hare
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick
  • Standard Parking
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Pierce and Associates
  • Mercy Housing Lakefront
  • Center For Working Families
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • Cleanslate
  • ABM Janitorial Services
  • Allied Barton Security Services
  • ARAMARK
  • Bank of America
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