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Cleanslate Launches in Gary, Indiana

Expansion part of $1.2M investment in city’s revitalization.

Cara is pleased to announce the expansion of our social enterprise Cleanslate into Gary, Indiana, beginning Tuesday, June 30.

The move is part of a larger $1.2 million investment in the revitalization of the downtown Gary community through the city’s Gary Go Team initiative – which envisions community regeneration and a resetting of city standards through key focus points including employment, litter remediation, and job training.

As part of this partnership, Cleanslate is projected to create between 25 to 35 jobs annually for citizens of Gary while providing cleaner, safer streets and communities through litter services in key city gateways, corridors, and commercial areas including Broadway, Miller Beach, and other zones determined by the city’s Public Works Department.

“Cleaning up the City of Gary has been one of our highest priorities,” said Gary Mayor Jerome A. Prince. “Working with an innovative group like Cara and launching Cleanslate helps us clean up our city, and, just as importantly, it gives many of our residents an opportunity to build a solid work history and develop marketable skills. It’s a win-win situation.”

This launch comes on the heels of the 15th anniversary of Cleanslate. Today, Cleanslate crews can be found on routes in more than 42 Chicago communities as well as in cities including Aurora and Munster, among others, and more than 400 transitional job opportunities are created annually for people with some of the highest barriers to employment.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity to bring Cleanslate to the Gary community,” said Brady Gott, Managing Director of Cleanslate. “In a time when we are hearing more and more about layoffs and furloughs, it’s inspiring to be able to create new jobs and new opportunities for job seekers. We are so excited to see Cleanslate’s transformative magic at work in Gary, and we look forward to a long, successful partnership.”

Click here to learn more information about Cleanslate, including how you can hire or join a crew.