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237 S. Desplaines St. Chicago, 60661

Please share your mission. 

Cara prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.

Describe how your organization lives/realizes its mission. 

Cara is a catalyst for true change in the lives of the men and women we serve and for poverty alleviation in Chicago. Through our comprehensive program, we provide life-and career-skills training, transitional employment, permanent job placement, employment retention support, and career advancement services. In the short term, we provide our students with the skills and confidence they need to secure and sustain quality jobs, further their education, find permanent housing, and stabilize their finances, while also empowering them to lead lives of personal and professional excellence. In turn, our students are not only coached to enhance their living conditions but are also strengthened over the long term to be better parents, reunite with their children, mend strained familial ties and friendships, and be examples of hope and change in their communities.