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Denis Pierce (Pierce Family Foundation, Pierce & Associates) proudly films our ribbon cutting. (Photo by
For every dollar invested into The Cara Program, $5.74 is generated out over five years, in contributions to society and public costs saved.


A Cara student and a Deloitte volunteer getting to know one another on Deloitte Impact Day (Photo by
Cara values all the individuals and partners who tirelessly support our mission as advocates, leaders, and connectors in helping motivated individuals to secure and sustain quality employment. We are thrilled by your interest in joining our vibrant and growing Cara community.


Miss Rochelle and Sister Shannon of Sisterhouse reflect on another successful graduation.
The Cara Program is eager to work with individuals who would benefit from our services. The process for referring someone to The Cara Program is very simple.


Photo by Alyce Henson
Cara students are motivated, trained and ready to work. And, like Cara graduates who have paved the way before them, they continue to thrive on the job.

We Do This with a Lot of Help from Our Friends

The Cara Program is only able to continue this important work because of the generous support of its community, including the many employers who hire Cara students, our referral partners, and the volunteers who commit their time and energy to prepare Cara students for the workplace.  This community also includes a broad base of funding partners.

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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