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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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  • LaShone is one year strong @RushMedical! She turned a volunteer position into a temp position & then into a full time gig! #OneYearStrongT
  • RT @reapingtheedges: Congrats Natalia- from @motivatedbycara student to @cleanslatechcgo intern to graduate at @RushUniversity Well done …
  • Congrats DeShawn S! You are 1 year strong @ American Heritage as a Security Guard & passed the state board security test! #OneYearStrongTCP
  • RT @SteveHeye: .@MotivatedByCara is hiring a Manager of Technology! (My last day is June 5
  • Thursday Motivations: Share something significant for which you are thankful. Please explain why. #motivations #ringthatbell
  • RT @RXChicago: @motivatedbycara We are so excited to have them! Check out their glamour pics!
  • WOW! Congrats to Nigeria, Keith, and Gregory! They are working and training at the @RXChicago! They are # 253, 254, and 255 of 345 #TCPjobs
  • What goal have you set to improve your life? What are you doing to achieve this goal? #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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