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Announcing the Thomas M. Owens Legacy Fund



Q: What brought you to The Cara Program?


Since 1991, The Cara Program has placed more than 4,600 motivated individuals affected by homelessness and poverty into quality jobs. Tribute to the Stars is our...


“The Cara Program is surgery, not a Band-Aid.”


After 18 years of dedicated service at The Cara Program, Eric Weinheimer will be President and CEO of The Donors Forum beginning July 1st. Maria Kim will be assuming the...


CHICAGO – Songs of joy and triumph, rounds of claps and cheers, and proclamations of “motivate me, what, that’s my friend,” could be heard through the halls of The Cara...


The Cara Program is more than just job training for motivated individuals. It’s about transforming lives, restoring independence, and cultivating talent and potential....


After 18 years of exceptional service, Eric is stepping down from his post at The Cara Program, to take on an exciting new role as President and CEO of...


In light of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share this powerful story with you.  Love is not just about hugs, kisses, and warm fuzzy feelings.  True love sometimes...

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

  • 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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