Center for Changing Lives

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Center for Changing Lives provides comprehensive support to serve, empower and advocate for community residents experiencing homelessness and housing instability so they may obtain and maintain permanent housing.

Validators

Marlen Marlen
I've been an Employment Coach with Center for Changing Lives for a year now. I provide employment one on one coaching with clients, I also coordinate with the employment team to connect clients with employment opportunities. I focus on services to the homeless via outreach and engagement… More
Kayla Kayla
I am a Resource and Connection Coordinator with Center for Changing Lives. I work to mobilize resources for and with clients in support of achieving their goals. CCL clients work hard to set and achieve goals that will move them forward and improve their lives and I feel honored to be a part of… More
Peter Peter
I am an Employment Coach at the Center for Changing Lives. My job involves partnering with our clients to set and achieve goals. I work specifically with our client in our Information Technology training program. This is a 32 week long course, in which our students walk away with an industry… More
Jeanette Jeanette
I serve as the Early Childhood Initiative Financial Coaching Coordinator at Center for Changing Lives. As a finanical coaching coordinator, I build and maintain relationships with Early Childhood Education Centers (ECE) to provide one on one and group financial coaching to workers, parents, and… More

Needs validated

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11 supporters
Funded on 6/23/2015

Nathanial from Chicago, IL

Working & ready for a better job. Getting my Class D license is the next step.

I am looking for a new position in custodial work, which requires a Class D driver's license. I need to take a driving class & then take the test. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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14 supporters
Funded on 1/5/2015

Jose from Chicago, IL

Ready to apply for a job with the transit system, but I need work gear to get hired.

As a construction worker, I have the skills for the job, but I need work boots, safety gear, and a uniform to get hired. More

Validated by Marlen from Center for Changing Lives

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10 supporters
Funded on 2/18/2015

Griselle from Chicago, IL

I've been offered a job! All I need to start is work uniforms & bus fare.

I can take the job offer at an assisted living facility if I get uniforms. I'm homeless, so getting a job will open big doors for me and my kids. More

Validated by Marlen from Center for Changing Lives

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2 supporters
Funded on 3/20/2015

Beatriz from Chicago, IL

I'm ready to work but have no way to get there. I need bus fare.

I interviewed for a job but I can't take it without a way to get there. I need bus fare to get to work until I get my first paycheck. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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5 supporters
Funded on 9/27/2015

Levert from Chicago, IL

Back to work in IT customer service! I need my CompTIA A+ cert. to apply to jobs.

Once I pass the CompTIA A+ exam, I will be so much closer to reaching my goals. I need help with the exam fee & some transportation to make it happen! More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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6 supporters
Funded on 10/30/2015

DeeDee from Chicago, IL

My goal is to work in tech! I need my IT A+ certification to be work ready.

Having the A+ certification will open the door for more job opportunities. I need to take my exam, but need help paying for the registration fee. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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4 supporters
Funded on 10/23/2015

Armando from Chicago, IL

Training to work in IT. I need an industry-recognized certification to get a job!

Obtaining this certification is important in my job search, will help me move toward financial stability & is the only barrier that can deter me. More

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5 supporters
Funded on 10/30/2015

Montana from Chicago, IL

Young student working to get my life back on track! I need bus passes to get to class

I want to get my GED and continue my education. I need bus passes to get to my morning IT classes, afternoon GED classes and back home! More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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4 supporters
Funded on 9/2/2015

Mark from Chicago, IL

My goal is to work in IT customer service! I need my certification exam fee.

I received a scholarship to enroll in a CompTIA A+ Certification class to be qualified to work in IT customer service. I need help paying the exam fee More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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3 supporters
Funded on 11/25/2015

Chris from Chicago, IL

Young father getting back on my feet! I need $195 exam fee for my IT certification

I'm taking an IT class and need help paying for my exam fee. I'm confident I can pass the exam but the test fee is prohibitively expensive. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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6 supporters
Funded on 1/27/2016

Alena from Chicago, IL

Eager to advance my career as a Nail Technician! I need to reinstate my license.

I need 20 continuing education hours to reinstate my Nail Technician license in Illinois. Once I get my license, I'll be able to work in my field! More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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6 supporters
Funded on 12/15/2015

Unique from Chicago, IL

Working 3 jobs to make ends meet! I need car repairs to balance work & my kids' needs

Meeting this need is important for my family because it will allow me to successfully work 3 jobs, which then allows me to be more financially stable. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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6 supporters
Funded on 2/29/2016

Angel from Chicago, IL

I have overcome homelessness. Help me reacquire my small business materials!

I lost most of my materials in storage while I was homeless during the last year. Now that I have stable housing, I'm eager to start working again. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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7 supporters
Funded on 2/8/2016

Sandy from Chicago, IL

I'm rebuilding after identity theft & need help moving my furniture from Florida.

I'm committed to building a stable life for my family. I need help covering a portion of my moving costs from Florida to Chicago to help do this. More

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5 supporters
Funded on 1/16/2016

Linda from Chicago, IL

I need bus fare & winter clothes to finish school & continue moving my family forward

I'm a single mom in school for IT. I need a bus pass & winter clothes to get to class & finish my training. Once I finish, I can't wait to get to work More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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6 supporters
Funded on 3/14/2016

Mitch from Chicago, IL

Professional attire & transit passes will enable me to succeed in my job search.

My goal is to find a stable clerical job. Transit passes and professional clothes are important for my search and success! More

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5 supporters
Funded on 12/21/2015

Beasley from Chicago, IL

Supporting myself and my grandson. We need basic furniture to make our home liveable!

Just left a homeless shelter after my old apartment became infested with bedbugs. We lost everything. Now that we're housed, furniture will go so far! More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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5 supporters
Funded on 2/19/2016

Luis from Chicago, IL

Ready to start fresh as a realtor! Need help paying for the class and exam fees.

A veteran real estate agent is ready to take me under their wing. I just need to take the class then the state exam to get started! More

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4 supporters
Funded on 12/31/2015

Michael from Chicago, IL

Marine eager to start fresh. I need furniture to build a stable home for my family!

I currently serve in the US Marine Corps Reserves. My goal is to start over in Chicago & furniture will help my family build a stable sense of home. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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2 supporters
Funded on 3/31/2016

Jeff from Chicago, IL

I have overcome homelessness! Furniture will make my new apartment feel like home.

I was homeless for 2 years. Now that I'm housed, I need help purchasing furniture and houseware to feel secure as I find full-time employment. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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2 supporters
Funded on 4/28/2016

Enrique from Chicago, IL

I'm ready to get my GED to move forward, but first need to pay the testing fee.

I want to enter a career as a caregiver for animals. I need to study materials and test fees to take the GED test. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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8 supporters
Funded on 6/14/2016

Doug from Chicago, IL

Formerly homeless veteran. Bus passes will allow me to begin my job training program.

I'm starting a 4-month A+ Certification program. I need bus passes to make it there to start my career in Information Technology. More

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6 supporters
Funded on 7/7/2016

Lee from Chicago, IL

I became unemployed after a stroke. Bus passes will help me get back to work.

Three 30 day bus passes will enable me to get back to work in a job that keeps me happy and healthy! More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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6 supporters
Funded on 8/26/2016

Samantha from Chicago, Illinois

I'm overcoming homelessness. Updating my driver's license will help me move forward.

I need some help with the fee to update my registration and driver's license. Once I do that, I can get to jobs and get my grandson the care he needs! More

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3 supporters
Funded on 7/28/2016

Woiciech from Chicago, IL

Recuperating from surgery. One month's utilities will allow me to heal stress-free.

I need support paying my gas bill to keep my cooking gas on. Being able to cook and feed myself is vital to my healing! More

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2 supporters
Funded on 9/16/2016

Zack from Chicago, IL

Studying for a career in IT! A laptop will help me get a job with a living wage.

I'm ready for a better-paying career in Information Technology. I just need a basic laptop to complete my program and get a job! More

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6 supporters
Funded on 11/15/2016

Jackie from Chicago, IL

I work in massage therapy. I just need to pay testing fees to get my license.

I need to take the MBLEX Exam in order to receive my massage therapist's license. I have been studying for the test for the past six months! More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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10 supporters
Funded on 11/15/2016

Natasha from Chicago, IL, Cook

Working hard to earn my GED. A laptop will enable me to complete my program!

I need a laptop so when I start class in August I can complete online assignments and study at home and in class. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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11 supporters
Funded on 11/15/2016

Tea from Chicago, IL

Getting back on my feet. Bus passes to & from class will let me start a career in IT.

Having public transportation to and from classes is the one thing that will help me on my path towards a new career. More

Validated by Peter from Center for Changing Lives

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13 supporters
Funded on 11/11/2016

Julian from Chicago, IL

On my path towards a stable job. Renewing my driver's license will let me get there.

I'm in a class pursuing my CDL. I just need some help paying fees in order to get my license and reach work opportunities. More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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10 supporters
Funded on 11/11/2016

Reginald from Chicago, IL

Disabled vet studying for a career in IT. I just need a laptop to get there!

I am a Marine Corps disabled veteran, with two honorable discharges. I have two artificial hips, and I am currently unemployed. More

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8 supporters
Funded on 12/27/2016

Joseph from Chicago, IL

I'm overcoming homelessness. Furnishing my new apartment will help me rebuild.

After being hospitalized for 3 years, I'm moving into my own place! Basic furniture will help me create a home and start anew. More

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9 supporters
Funded on 12/17/2016

Selma from Chicago, Illinois

I just need help covering 4 more courses to complete my degree in Child Development!

Completing my degree will help me create a place for children to be creative through play, learning and developing skills. More

Validated by Jeanette from Center for Changing Lives

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5 supporters
Funded on 12/15/2016

Mike from Chicago, IL

On my path out of homelessness. Court fees are holding me back from getting there.

Once this is paid, I can begin putting aside money to save for an apartment. More

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13 supporters
Funded on 12/27/2016

Lee from Chicago, IL

I became unemployed after a stroke. Bus passes will help me get back to work.

Bus passes will help me get back to work, keep my apartment, and take care of myself. More

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4 supporters
Funded on 11/23/2016

Simone from Chicago, IL

I'm overcoming homelessness! A pull-out couch will give me a good night's rest.

I need a sleeper couch to be able to have somewhere to sleep as well as sit and do my homework as I train to get my CDL license. More

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3 supporters
Funded on 12/22/2016

Bob from Chicago, IL

I'm training in IT. A few months' help getting to classes will let me start a new career!

I need temporary assistance that would allow me to traveling back and forth to my training sites for six months until I complete the training program. More

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3 supporters
Funded on 12/1/2016

Doug from Chicago, IL

Veteran overcoming homelessness. Bus passes will help me find work!

I need transportation assistance for the job hunt hunt and hopefully my first few weeks of work. More

Validated by Peter from Center for Changing Lives

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10 supporters
Funded on 2/21/2017

Lee from Chicago, IL

I'm a 1st generation college student paying my way. Bus passes will help me get to my job!

I need assistance covering 3 months of bus passes in order to get to and from my new position. More

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4 supporters
Funded on 2/7/2017

Harvey from Chicago, IL

I'm training for a career in IT. A basic laptop will help me graduate!

I'm determined to excel in the IT field, and a laptop will help me save valuable time going to the library and complete my program at home. More

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6 supporters
Funded on 2/7/2017

Randy from Chicago, IL

Hoping to get a job in IT. I need bus passes to get to/from my training program.

My goals are to find a job in IT and secure stable housing. I need monthly public bus passes to get back and forth to my training classes. More

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7 supporters
Funded on 1/21/2017

Aisha from Chicago, IL

Recently housed and employed! A bed will get me off the floor & ready for work.

I just moved into an apartment after several difficult years. To feel rested, healthy, and ready for work, I need a bed! More

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3 supporters
Funded on 4/26/2017

Robin from Chicago, IL

An injury put me out of work. 1 month's rent will get me back on my feet as I recover

Because I cannot do the work that I love, paying rent has been a challenge. This will help me regain my stability and health. More

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2 supporters
Funded on 6/22/2017

L.J. from Chicago, IL

Ready to enter a tech career. I need bus passes to make it to my training program.

My goals are to gain more knowledge in the IT field and start a tech career. The only thing holding me back is transportation costs to my classes. More

Validated by Peter from Center for Changing Lives

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8 supporters
Funded on 4/22/2017

Charles from Chicago, Illinois

After incarceration I'm turning my life around. Bus passes will let me get to work.

Once I have these passes then I will be able to get to work for two months without fail and save enough money to buy a yearly pass on my own. More

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1 supporter
Funded on 5/5/2017

Deborah from Chicago, Illinois

Homeless and looking for work. I just need the right attire to wear to the interview

I have been called for several interviews and feel that if i had the proper attire I can become employed. More

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5 supporters
Funded on 8/9/2017

Rosa from Chicago, IL

My son needs around-the-clock care. With a dining table we'll be able to eat as a family.

I recently moved my kids into an unfurnished apartment. Meeting this need will allow us to sit down as a family once again. More

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2 supporters
Funded on 9/25/2017

Jared from Chicago, IL

Training for a new career! All I need are bus passes to make it to class.

I need reliable transportation in the form of monthly bus passes to make sure that I can get to and from training everyday. More

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6 supporters
Funded on 9/25/2017

Sheldon from Chicago, IL

I'm SO CLOSE to getting my IT certification. Bus passes to class will get me there.

I need reliable transportation in the form of a buss pass to be able to finish my CompTIA A+ certification program and start work in the IT field. More

Validated by Peter from Center for Changing Lives

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3 supporters
Funded on 11/21/2017

Rebecca from Chicago, IL

Raising 4 amazing kids & going to school. I'm 1 certification from my dream career!

I need to complete my Infant and Toddler Specialist Certificate. As the head of my household, I have to stretch one income to support my whole family. More

Validated by Jeanette from Center for Changing Lives

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8 supporters
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Jonetta from Park Forest, IL

Our home was foreclosed. 1 month's rent will get me & my kids housed again!

I'm just one month of rent away from moving into a new place. My daughter needs a safe place to come home to. More

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3 supporters
Funded on 12/4/2017

Shawn from Chicago, IL

A car will help me start work & rebuild—just need to cover the registration costs!

I am ready to be my own boss by becoming a ride-share driver. All that's standing in my way is getting my car registered and insured. More

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9 supporters
Funded on 11/28/2017

Renee from Chicago, IL

Ready to start my career! Just need bus passes to finish my training.

I am halfway through a 16-week program, but I don't have the funds to continue getting to class. Bus passes will empower me to do so! More

Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives

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Cassandra from Chicago, IL

I'm training to be an Administrative Assistant. Need bus passes to make it to class.

It's difficult to get around in the cold weather with my disability. Transportation vouchers will help me complete my training program. More

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