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Neighborhood Beautification

"I have been overwhelmingly impressed with the professional and thorough nature of Cleanslate.” Irene Sherr – Principal, Community Counsel, of the 53rd St. TIF Advisory Counsel

Intensive Job Training

We don't shield students from the realities they will face in the workplace; rather, we become the workplace right here at Cleanslate (and we have a bit of fun, too).

Unparalleled Training Yields Unparalleled Service

In addition to helping individuals secure transitional employment and valuable job skills so they may reenter the workforce, Cleanslate also serves as a catalyst for true community renewal in many Chicago neighborhoods.  Cleanslate contributes directly to each community's revitalization strategy by concentrating its neighborhood beautification efforts along high-traffic corridors, and by establishing itself as a neighborhood presence that helps to restore community pride.

As we have built this social enterprise, one key lesson has emerged.  Community development does not come from one service or one interaction, but from the cumulative effect of multiple services as they occur in harmony with that of community-based organizations, local businesses and neighborhood residents.  Because of this, Cleanslate has worked to cultivate relationships with economic development corporations, community-based service providers, local business leaders, aldermen, city planning departments, local law enforcement and other social enterprises seeking to serve the larger mission of community renewal.  It is our goal to grow Cleanslate as an integral part of the community fabric – as important to the neighborhood identity as the schools, parks, churches and storefronts.

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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