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What Motivates Us

Cleanslate, a social enterprise of The Cara Program, provides on-the-job training and transitional support services for individuals who face obstacles to employment.  Understanding the role that community development can play in personal esteem building and, on a larger scale, economic renewal, it is our mission that Cleanslate promote community vibrancy and neighborhood safety, while helping hundreds of at-risk individuals build skills that will truly transform their lives. 

Cleanslate interns provide neighborhood beautification services, such as sidewalk cleaning, snow removal, landscaping, graffiti removal, and pressure washing, to help clean up and instill renewed pride in Chicago communities.  Cleanslate sets itself apart through its:

  • Quality of execution,
  • Fast and friendly professional service, and
  • Focus on communities’ needs.

The Impact

Tons of Garbage Collected Since Inception learn more


Our Partner Programs

  • The CARA Program
  • TCP Staffing

Our Supporters and Customers

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Kellogg Company
  • Lurie Children's Hospital
  • Mariano's
  • Rebuilding Exchange
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Sodexo
  • Salvation Army
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Levy Restaurants
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Rivers Casino
  • Fitness Formula Clubs
  • Eataly Chicago
  • Housing Authority of Cook County
  • Catholic Charities
  • Harvard Maintenance Inc
  • Gotham Greens
  • Engineered Glass Products
  • 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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