OUR ALUMNI

Meet our graduates and hear their
stories of transformation

Cara Collective Stories

Corneisha

Today, I’m not afraid. I don’t hold back. I don’t hesitate. Cara taught me I deserve the best. I deserve everything this world has to offer. Now I know my worth and my value. And I can be whoever I want to be!

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Nicole

A rockstar mom of four, Nicole was on a mission to become a valued member of a great company, while also prioritizing the needs of her family. She worked with Cara Connects to find the right opportunity, beginning a brand new career in the nonprofit sector.

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Jose

Regularly attending morning Motivations helped me understand that even if you aren’t having a good morning, you can make it a great day.

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Emmett

After finding sobriety at Pacific Garden Mission, Emmett was introduced to his new beginning at Cleanslate. His hard work and leadership skills made him an all-star crew member and caught the attention of the Chicago Transit Authority, where he’s employed full-time today.

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  • “The first time I put on a suit, I looked in the mirror and saw a boss looking back at me. I walked out the door with my head held high and the world looked so new.”
    – Corneisha, Graduate, Cara Class of October 2018

Our Alumni

Meet JaShawn

In 2006, JaShawn was struggling with addiction and living in homelessness. Today, she is a Youth Program Manager and counsels Chicago youth affected by violence. In this video, she reveals how she came to Cara ready and motivated to transform her life.

Philile’s Story

Cara’s 2020 Jesse Teverbaugh Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Philile Mabuza shares her story of having to flee her native country to save her and her children’s lives, the difficulties of acclimating to a new world, and the community she found at Cara.

Sanora’s Search

Employed Cara participant Sanora shares her story of what led her to her position with Rush University Medical Center.

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Motivations

Our daily dose of inspiration—delivered through storytelling and singing every morning. This builds community and connects you to the entire Cara community.

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