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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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  • Cara student Charlene Buckner advanced her career as a Combined Rail Operator @CTA! 62 of 345! #TCPjobs
  • Cara student Vicky J. secured a position as a Driver Aide at SCR Medical Transportation! 61 of 345! #TCPjobs
  • "Share the greatest lesson you have ever learned." #Motivations
  • Cara student Saffareene G. secured a position as an Administrative Assistant at Trinity United Church of Christ! 60 of 345! #TCPjobs
  • Cara students Danielle L. and Christopher A. secured positions as Housekeepers @eatalychicago! 58-59 of 345! #TCPjobs
  • RT @skillscout: Congrats @motivatedbycara @maria_kim for making it to the Top 100 Finalists in @Chi_Innovation. Peoples Choice Awards here …
  • Can we count on your vote? #vr4smallbiz
  • "What challenge or obstacle have you overcome that can motivate someone else?" #Motivations
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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
  • 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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