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Give the Gift of Hope, Double Your Impact on #GivingTuesday

Celebrate generosity with us on December 2nd!

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Join us as we give the gift of life transformation and hopeful futures on #GivingTuesday. You can double your impact, as all donations received on December 2nd will be generously matched by our dear friends Jim and Kay Mabie.  And you'll help support #ILGiveBig, a Donors Forum campaign to get 100,000 donors to give $12 million to Illinois nonprofits on #GivingTuesday.

Click HERE to donate - Please write "#GivingTuesday" in the comments.

$10 can provide hope for individuals motivated to change their circumstances

$20 can provide opportunity for a jobseeker

$30 can provide a student's public transportation for one week 

$40 can provide one full day of training for a student

$50 can provide one interview ready suit

$115 can provide a student's public transportation for one month

$225 can provide a one-on-one, post-placement coaching session for a student on the job

Tribute to the Stars 2014


Since 1991, The Cara Program has placed more than 4,600 motivated individuals affected by homelessness and poverty into more than 6,400 quality jobs. Tribute to the Stars is our opportunity to celebrate employed students and graduates of The Cara Program for pursuing their dreams and transforming their lives. Friends, partners, and supporters of The Cara Program attended a special lunchtime "Motivations" at the Holiday Inn - Chicago Mart Plaza on November 3, 2014 to honor Cara students and the corporate and community partners who have been instrumental in their success.

In case you missed it, click HERE to read the transformation stories of TCP graduates who shared at the event.

Special thanks to those that sponsored this inspiring event:

Presenting Sponsors
JPMorgan Chase
The Conroy Family
Motivations Sponsors
BMO Harris
The Owens Family
Gold Sponsors
The University of Chicago:
Office of Civic Engagement
The University of Chicago Medicine

Silver Sponsors
Advanced Group
Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund & The Judicial Sales Corporation
Jones Lang LaSalle
MB Financial Bank
Northwestern Medicine
O'Connor's Give Back Mission
Table Sponsors
Dan Brennan
Consentus Group
Flannery Friends and Family
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
The Horton Group
Jim & Maxine McCarthy
Mullarkey Associates, Inc.
Joe O'Neil
Pepper Construction
The Roche Family Foundation
Thomas J. Dwyer & Associates

Summer Social 2014


Thanks to all who joined The Cara Program for a fun evening on Thursday, 8/21 from 6:00-9:00 pm to celebrate, network, and support our mission. The 2014 Summer Social showcased the talents of chefs Cory Morris of Mercat a la Planxa, Daniels Espinoza of Dinner Lab, Joe Heppe and Bryan Collante of Untitled, and John McLean of Burger Bar.  These great culinary artists shared their version of Chicago “street cuisine,” drawing inspiration from their favorite Chicago neighborhood.

We are grateful to all who attended and especially to our student speaker, Mike, who shared his story at the event. Thank you to our fabulous sponsors for making the evening possible!

9th Annual Golf Classic


We are incredibly grateful for everyone who was involved in this year's 9th Annual Golf Classic. Because of the outpouring of generosity, we exceeded our goal and raised more than $160,000!  Those funds move The Cara Program closer to reaching our ambitious goal to create or secure 3,500 jobs over 5 years so motivated Chicagoans affected by homelessness and poverty can achieve real and lasting success.  A sincere thanks to our sponsors and participants for making this event a great success!

Like us on Facebook and checkout the pictures from the event HERE.

Thank you to our generous sponsors! Check out their websites by clicking the links below.

Title Sponsors
True Partners Consulting
The Owens Family

Platinum Sponsors
Rivers Casino

Gold Sponsors
Advanced Group
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Silver Sponsors
Bob & Carol Passaneau
Codilis & Associates
Consentus Group
Golub & Company
Guardian Life Insurance Company
Jones Lang LaSalle
Judicial Sales / Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund
Neary Martin, Inc.
Pierce & Associates
Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.

Thomas J. Dwyer & Associates
Thompson Flanagan
Tim & Katie Mulcahy
Twin Lakes Total Return

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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