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Let's Transform Lives!

Look at what you helped Charlene achieve

“When I moved into a homeless shelter,
I was so embarrassed that I didn’t
even tell my family… I wanted my
family to think I had disappeared.”

“The only problem: my 17-year-old
son was trying desperately to find me.”

Click to learn more about Charlene's incredible transformation.

Look at what you helped Charlene achieve within two short years!

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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  • RT @cleanslatechcgo: Makes you think- especially 3 yrs out from a crime. Haunted by the Past: A Criminal Record Shouldn't Ruin a Career —ht…
  • Let's hear it for Brian R! This all-star student joins City Colleges of Chicago as the newest Custodian! Congrats! #214 of 345 #TCPjobs
  • Three cheers for Calvin G! He did it! He stayed determined and today he starts at Fresh Express as a General Laborer! #213 of 345 #TCPjobs
  • Student job placements coming your way! Congrats to Alisha S., the newest employee at New Life Ministries! #209 of 345 #TCPjobs
  • Mary E. stayed determined! Congrats to the newest Cust.Service Experience Specialist in the HR Dept. @UofC Medicine! #212 of 345 #TCPjobs
  • RT @JToddPhillips: .@maria_kim Very proud and inspired by your work & results @motivatedbycara. Continue to #makeithappen!
  • Congrats, Travis P! Travis is the newest Kitchen Assistant at Gate Gourmet, we couldn't be more thrilled! #211 of 345 #TCPjobs
  • Get it, Aaron B! Aaron has grown and transformed and is the newest employee at Mintex Corporations! #210 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
  • 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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