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Giving Tuesday


For 25 years, Cara has been inspiring motivated men and women to transform their lives, and this #GivingTuesday we are asking you to help Give Jobs, Hope, and So Much More. Please give today. With a gift of any amount, you'll help a motivated man or woman in Chicago get hope, find a job, and so much more.

To add even more joy to your #GivingTuesday, every dollar you give will be matched up to $20,000! Thank you to our very generous sponsors, Elisa K. Spain, Kevin Krak, and Jim and Kay Mabie who have joined forces to offer a $20,000 Challenge Grant. Your support brings joy! When you give to Cara, you give a motivated man or woman the chance to succeed at work and life.

We invite you to join our family with a gift today.


Tribute to the Stars



Join us Monday, November 23, 2015!

For more than two decades, The Cara Program has prepared and inspired motivated individuals to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, and forge paths to real and lasting success. Supporters like you – volunteers, donors, employers, referral partners and community members – make life transformations possible at The Cara Program.

Please join us for a special lunchtime Motivations in honor of employed Cara students and the corporate and community partners who have been instrumental in their success.
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Mistress of Ceremonies - Anna Davlantes - WGN 
Lunch will be served
We are pleased to announce our event emcee for the event will be Anna Davlantes. 
Good Neighbor Award - The Habitat Company
The Thomas M. Owens Mission Award:
Lisa Siqueira, CDW
President, Cara Associate Board
Individual tickets are available for $50.  Space is limited so purchase your ticket today! 


Thank you to our Sponsors

Motivations Sponsor:
The Owens Family

Gold Sponsors:
Attorney's Title Guarantee Fund
The Conroy Family
O'Connor's Give Back Mission
The Judicial Sales Corporation
Pierce Family Foundation

Silver Sponsor:
Advanced Group
The Habitat Company
Bob and Carol Passaneau

Table Sponsors:
John Eckenstein
Gray Matters Group
Jim and Maxine McCarthy
Joe O'Neil
Thomas J. Dwyer and Associates

Special thanks to our 25th Anniversary Transformations Circle sponsors:


















Questions? Please contact Kacey at 312-798-3337 or Thank you for your support!

Please send guest names and company  logo to by 11/9/15

Cara Women's Night 2015: Better Together


What is it like to be in a room surrounded by dynamic and gracious women, all interested in finding ways to support and encourage each other?  You helped us find out Wednesday, October 21, at Cara's 2nd Annual Women's Night.  As we filtered into WeWork and the room filled with conversation and clinking glasses, we shared stories and laughter and made new connections.  

The evening come alive as we explored how to become "Better Together."  We are a collection of Cara alumnae, new friends, and long time supporters all woven together.  We are women who lead in the workplace, at home, and in our community. We are better together, and when we lift each other up, we strengthen our incredible potential to impact the issues women in our city tackle each day. 

Thank you for sharing in such a beautiful evening.  We hope to see you again next year.

Visit our facebook page to see pictures:

Thank you once again to our wonderful event sponsors and partners:
CHIME by Sittercity
HLA Group at Merrill Lynch
The Judicial Sales Corporation
Lauren Robishaw 
Sapient Nitro
CAS Music 
Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique

Summer Social


Cara Summer Social

Thank you so much to the over 350 new and old friends who joined us for a great evening on Wednesday August 12, 2015 at our 3rd annual Summer Social!  With your support, we were able to raise more than $55,000 in support of our mission.

Check out the great pictures from the event!

A huge thank you to our venue sponsor, Loews Hotel Chicago, our in kind beverage sponsors, and the 11 amazing chefs who shared their talents and delicious food with all of us (more details available here on our official invite).

We look forward to another great event next summer!

10th Annual Golf Classic!


Thank you to everyone who made this event a huge success!  

Thanks to you, we raised over $177,000 in funds to support Cara's critical job training and placement programs that enable hundreds of motivated Chicagoans to break the cycles of poverty and homelessness and achieve real and lasting success each year.

We'd also would like the following generous sponsors for being part of this special anniversary event:

Presenting: The Owens Family

Platinum: BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Gold: Advanced Group, Pierce & Associates, P.C., Rivers Casino

Silver: ABM, Bob and Carol Passaneau, Brinshore, BW Capital Partners, Codilis & Associates, Consentus Group, Eurest Services, JLL, John Bennecke/True Partners Consulting, Madison Dearborn Partners, Mullarkey Associates, Inc., NearyMartin, Inc., Northwestern Medicine, The Judicial Sales Corporation, Thomas J. Dwyer & Associates, Inc., Tim and Katie Mulcahy, Twin Lake Total Return, Waterton Associates, LLC

The Impact

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Our Partner Programs

  • The CARA Program
  • TCP Staffing

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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