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Let's Transform Lives!

Looking back from where I came, I'm ecstatic!

This was the first year Roshaunda could afford to buy her kids' school uniforms.
She now makes enough money to
support herself and her children.
But it wasn’t always like that…
"Looking back from where I came,
I'm ecstatic!" says Roshaunda.
Click to learn more about Roshaunda's amazing journey.

Learn about Roshaunda's amazing journey

Let's transform lives!

Cleanslate, a social enterprise of The Cara Program, provides paid transitional jobs in neighborhood beautification which have a dual purpose - invigorating our communities and providing the platform to help individuals build the skills to secure lasting careers.

This is how we do it

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  • "What are you afraid of, and how are you overcoming that fear?" #Motivations
  • Cara student Ernest M. secured a position as a Housekeeper @fitness_formula - Union Station! 7 of 345! #TCPjobs
  • Don't miss out! Tickets are officially available for our Summer Social on 8/21 at #TCPSummerSocial
  • "Share something significant for which you are thankful. Explain why." #Motivations
  • RT @meansandrew: A great write-up on #DoGoodData2014 and the awesome session from @motivatedbycara. Thanks @VTAfterschool!…
  • RT @SteveHeye: Erin’s Thoughts On How Data Can Help Afterschool (nice mention of SROI & @motivatedbycara!)
  • Calculating a Social Return on Investment is critical for social-purpose orgs. Thx for the shoutout @VTAfterschool!
  • Cara student Richard C. secured a position as a Bus Service Apprentice @CTA! 6 of 345! #TCPjobs
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Our Partner Programs


The Impact

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Our Supporters and Customers

  • 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
  • 180° Property Services
  • John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  • Illinois Medical District Guest House
  • Little Village Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Medical District
  • Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
  • SSA #32, Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation
  • SSA #42, South Shore Chamber Inc.
  • SSA #29, West Town Chamber of Commerce
  • SSA #33, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
  • SSA #35, Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
  • SSA #34, Uptown United
  • Department of General Services – City of Chicago
  • Deborah’s Place
  • The Admiral at the Lake
  • The Community Builders
  • The Habitat Company
  • Big Buzz Entertainment Group – Chicago RibFest
  • 57th St. Children’s Book Fair
  • Pitchfork Music Festival

Partner Programs

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