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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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  • "What sacrifices are you truly willing to make to achieve real and lasting success?" #Motivations
  • Cara student Lafayette H. advanced his career as a Unit Secretary @NMHnews! 143 of 345! #TCPjobs
  • Cara student Ravonne H. secured a position as a Call Center Education Representative at MyFootpath! 142 of 345! #TCPjobs
  • Charlene wasn't spending the holidays with her family 2 years ago. She wanted to disappear. Here's how that changed.
  • "Every struggle has a silver lining. What's the silver lining to a current struggle you are dealing with?" #Motivations
  • Cara students Anthony B. and Lamont B. secured positions as Housekeepers @eatalychicago! 140-141 of 345! #TCPjobs
  • Cara student Stephanie W. secured a position as a Paraprofessional at Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School! 139 of 345! #TCPjobs
  • Cara student Precious M. secured a position as a Cashier @eatalychicago! 138 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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