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Admissions Process

(For our Traditional Program)

Cara is eager to work with individuals who would benefit from our services. The process for referring someone to Cara is very simple:

  1. Assess if the individual you serve fits our admission criteria:

    • Be drug-free

    • Have stable housing for at least 3 months

    • Have reliable childcare

    • Be mentally/physically stable

    • Not have convictions of a violent nature

    • Motivated and able to demonstrate a desire to return to a life of self-sufficiency

  2. All candidates need a referral from a community member who can vouch for their motivation. Referrals can be emailed to or faxed to 312-382-0268. Include the name of the individual being referred and the contact information of the person submitting the referral (name, organization, and phone number).

  3. Once the fax has been sent, call Cara’s admissions team at 312.798.3309, option 5 and leave a message. An admissions representative will be in touch within 24-48 business hours to discuss next steps.

  4. If the candidate meets the eligibility criteria, he/she will participate in a one-on-one interview with a staff member at Cara.  The candidate must complete and pass a drug test. An assessment of readiness will be made after the initial meetings and when the drug test results are received. Individuals who are accepted into Cara will be contacted within one to two weeks of their last appointment and will be scheduled for the next available training class

The Impact

Remain Employed

in initial job placement at one year of employment

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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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