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Performance Updates

To stay true to our outcomes, we continually assess the effectiveness of our program by measuring our ability to meet the needs of three customer groups: our students who are looking for jobs, our employers who are seeking qualified employment candidates, and our communities who seek safe, clean and vibrant neighborhoods within which to raise their families.  We believe in setting the bar high for quality of outcomes, and we believe in true transparency in our results.  And we have found, over the years, that the best way to succintly deliver that information is through performance dashboards.  We invite you to review and ask questions about the enclosed; and we look forward to working with you to help improve these outcomes even further in the coming years.


Performance Update, FY16

Performance Update, FY16 Footnotes


Performance Update, Q4-FY15

Performance Update, Q4-FY15 Footnotes

Performance Update, Q2-FY15


Performance Update, Q4-FY14

Performance Update, Q2-FY14


Performance Update, Q4-FY13

Performance Update, Q2-FY13


Social Return on Investment

Beyond the near-term outcomes, we have also explored the total social return on our investment as well.  In brief, for every dollar invested in Cara, $5.97 is produced over a five year time horizon in tax contributions, social security, sales taxes paid, and costs avoided (in shelter expenses, cash assistance, unemployment benefits, healthcare costs, food stamps, rearrests costs, and the like).

If you'd like to learn more about how our social return was calculated, please click here.


Our Financial Statements

In keeping with our commitment to transparency, Cara is committed to making our most recent audited financial statements and Form990 available for your review:

2010 Audit

2010 Form990

2011 Audit

2011 Form990

2012 Audit (6 month stub year)

2012 Form990

2013 Form990

2013 Audit

FY14 Form990

FY14 Audit

FY15 Audit

FY15 Form990

The Impact

Job Placements

graduates placed into quality jobs since 1991

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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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