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We have a tradition of storytelling at Cleanslate, where we celebrate both our milestones of successes and of challenges, to help each other build our talents and grow. These stories take shape in a variety of ways - sometimes in our one on one sessions with our interns, and sometimes in our neighborhoods - where the hope offered through a powerful story gives us the fuel we need to move forward. We have taken the liberty of excerpting a few of them here, so you can have a sense of the lives your support can impact. We hope you enjoy!

One of our questions in the 'Motivations' circle is 'What gives you great joy?"  And for us, as staff of The Cara Program, our frequent answer is 'the students'.  Their outlook on life, gratitude and hope for...

In January 2007, Cleanslate hired Cathy as a Crew Chief, to lead a Cleanslate crew in the beautification of 79th Street in Auburn-Gresham. As a student* of The Cara Program, Cathy was fully committed to her internship at Cleanslate, even stepping up to fill in for her Crew Chief when she was...

Watch this FOX News piece about the humble beginnings of our social enterprise.  Special thanks to Goldman Sachs for loaning us a top-performing managing director (Mark Carroll) as part of a full-year fellowship...

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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