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The People Behind the Mission

Every organization is proud of those within it - for the sense of purpose they bring, the unique signature they provide, and the life they breathe into an already thriving mission.  We are no exception to this rule. From our CEO who has shaped this mission for the last 14 years, to our newest employee for whom their first 'Motivations' was during a rigorous and intensive interview process, we each are 'cara' (the Gaelic word for friend and the namesake of our parent organization, The Cara Program).  We dance our values so we don't forget them, we push each other into the circle at 'Motivations' so we remain true to our mission, and we affirm each others' contributions in a way that's uniquely powerful and fun.  We do this because we believe deeply in what we do and to what we aspire.  And because we kind of like each other, too!

We are not an every day ordinary group of people, because this work is neither every day, nor ordinary.  In fact, on staff we have former bankers and IT directors, one doctor in clinical psychology, several MBAs, educators, former students of The Cara Program, and folks whose educational backgrounds are a mix of international relations, communications, business administration, career coaching and beyond.  We are a hybrid of smart, passionate people with one unifying goal: to work creatively and fervently towards the alleviation of poverty.

The following is a list of who's on our team:

Raahsaan Brown
Admissions Specialist

Raahsaan Brown
Admissions Specialist

Sally Gonzalez
Manager of Business Administration
(312) 226-4862

Brady Gott
Managing Director
(312) 798-6772

Ron Holakovsky
Manager of Operations
(312) 890-0571

Lisa Kidd
Quality Control & Weekend Manager
(773) 425-1287

Martin Mercer
Landscaping and Snow Removal Manager

Jeremy Williams
Pullman Emerson Project Manager

The Impact

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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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