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The Numbers

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Metrics are as much a part of our brand as are our ‘Motivations’. We measure our success in employment gained, assets built, housing stability attained, and communities transformed.

Beyond the Numbers

Certainly, the numbers tell us a story, but they don’t necessarily give us a voice. Look beyond the numbers and into the stories of transformation at The Cara Program.

Benefits to Your Company

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Employers choose to work with Cara because it’s good for the community. And also because it creates real value (and cost savings) for their firms.

Annual Report

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Beyond the numbers, beyond the awards, we celebrate the people and the partnerships without whom this mission would not sing.

We Do the Numbers

To ensure that we steward our mission with care, we use tangible metrics to evaluate our effectiveness.  We measure often and with intention.  In fact, we measure longitudinally (over at least one year, and sometimes a two-year time horizon). We measure by cohort (to assess nuance in new populations of students* coming into the program).  And we publish our results to our stakeholders regularly, to be transparent about our outcomes and to maintain a high bar for results.

For a quick review of our most recent performance, please click here.

To learn more about how these numbers were calculated, please click here.

* We use terms like 'students' and 'graduates' to underscore that our participants are not ‘clients’ to be served or ‘cases’ to be managed, but individuals who are in a learning environment and actively seeking to develop their skills.

The Impact

Avg 1 Yr Savings

v. U.S. average of $199

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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
  • Bank of America
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