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Let's Transform Lives!

Larry's life has changed completely - click here to find out how!

Eking out a survival on the streets that included bouts of homelessness and prison, Larry knew his biggest problem was his addiction that was slowly killing him. Remarkably, he found the strength to get clean and sober.

With a story like that, you might
be surprised to find out that his biggest
struggle was learning how to live again.

Click to learn more about Larry’s incredible transformation.

Larry’s life has changed completely – click here to find out how!

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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  • Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Cara! We give thanks for all of you, our wonderful Cara community! #Grateful
  • #GivingTuesday is nearly here, @motivatedbycara's Cara CEO and President, @maria_kim vows to take a pie in the face if we reach $7,500!
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  • “Students are determined to achieve work and life goals." -Student Services Volunteer, Peggy. #GivingTuesday
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Our Partner Programs

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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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