Inspiration Corporation

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In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and housing. Each year, Inspiration Corporation works with more than 3,000 Chicagoans who are characterized by chronic homelessness, unemployment or underemployment, mental illness or substance abuse, and social isolation. These individuals all share the strength to move forward out of their current situation and toward self-sufficiency.

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Eva Eva
I am the Resource Specialist for the Employment Project here at Inspiration Corporation. I have been in this position for 8 months and I joined Inspiration Corporation because I was originally a corps member with Avodah. My roommate and close friend was placed here and I came to visit her and… More
Caesarei Caesarei
My name is Caesarei Marsh. I work for Inspiration Corporation at The Living Room Cafe and I have worked here for the past 6 years. I am a front line service provider and case manager in supportive services and housing placement assistance. My job as it is is to listen to our clients and client… More
Anna Anna
Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Anna Wilson and I am the Case Manager for Inspiration Corporation’s Foodservice Training program, Garfield Park , which is located in our Social Enterprise Restaurant Inspiration Kitchens at 3504 W Lake Street ,Chicago IL . In an atmosphere of… More
Eleanor Eleanor
My job title is Resource Specialist. I have been in this position since August 2012, when I was promoted from Open Case Manager. My work involves assisting individuals in The Employment Project (one of our employment training programs) in finding housing, clothing, medical, dental, and other… More
Jason Jason
I'm a Career Specialist at Inspiration Corporation. I provide career services (resumes, cover letters, interview practice, etc) to Chicagoans experiencing homeless or living in poverty. Seeing the results, big and small, of participants' hard work at achieving their goals is a rich, life changing… More
Aimee Aimee
My job title is Clinical Services Manager. I have been in this position since July 2013. My work involves providing supportive services to families moving from homelessness into permanent supportive housing. What I like about my job is being able to help the participants in our programs achieve… More
Arneice Arneice
My job title is Case Manager. My work involves helping individuals become housed by helping them work on barriers they come across during and after homelessness. Once they're housed, I continue to work with them on an as-need basis to help maintain self-suffiency. What I like about my job is… More
Edna Edna
My job title is Career Specialist. My work involves assisting participants who have graduated from our 4-week Employment Services Training Program to reach their goals. Most participants have goals related to employment or education. Together we work on creating resumes, cover letters, and… More
Tessa Tessa
I am an intern case manager for Inspiration Corporation at The Living Room Cafe. We provide case management and supportive services for participants
Annie Annie
I am a Case Manager for the Supportive Services program at Inspiration Corporation. I work with participants on goal attainment. I have been with Inspiration for the past 8 months and have enjoyed my time supporting the participants of this wonderful organization.
Hilary Hilary
I have been at Inspiration Corporation for over a year. As a Career Specialist, I work one on one with participants to develop education and employment goals and work towards them in a concrete, solution-focused way. In addition, I work with participants to develop and find resources in the… More
George George
George has worked in the social service field for over 7 years and at Inspiration Corporation for over 5 of those years. George began his career at Inspiration as a part-time Lead Milieu Manager in 2008, in this capacity he was in charge of overseeing all meals, behaviors during meals, and proper… More

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Al from Chicago, IL

Uniform to use my 28 years of experience as a waiter to get a job

I have been looking for work and have been in touch with a staffing place that does banquets. I can be employed there but I would need my own uniform. More

Validated by Eva from Inspiration Corporation

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14 supporters
Funded on 1/26/2012

Annie from Chicago, IL

Items to furnish my new apartment

I just left a homeless/battered shelter and now me and my 3 kids are living in an empty apartment. I need tables, chairs, curtains, and bed linen. More

Validated by Caesarei from Inspiration Corporation

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7 supporters
Funded on 5/22/2012

MEK from Chicago, IL

Need bus passes so I can get to my computer course

I need 2 30-day bus passes to attend a computer course, where I will earn a laptop and open the door to employment and future education opportunities. More

Validated by Anna from Inspiration Corporation

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8 supporters
Funded on 12/16/2012

Michael from Chicago, IL

I need an eye exam and glasses to go back to school

My goal is to take my driver's license exam and go to school for mechanical engineering. Not having glasses is stopping me from returning to school. More

Validated by Anna from Inspiration Corporation

$353of $350

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11 supporters
Funded on 3/20/2013

Lorena from Chicago, IL

Working part time but want to advance my career; need laptop to take online classes

I've taken classes but public access computers don't give me enough time to work. A laptop will solve this. My goal is to become computer literate. More

Validated by Anna from Inspiration Corporation

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8 supporters
Funded on 6/11/2013

Al from Chicago, IL

Back on track and ready to furnish my new apartment

I just moved into my own apartment, and I need cooking ware and small furniture to make it feel like a home. More

Validated by Jason from Inspiration Corporation

$280of $280

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2 supporters
Funded on 3/22/2013

Jenny from Chicago, IL

Fixing my computer will get me back to work, working from home because of my disability

I need repairs for my computer so I can earn an income by working at home since I have a disability that prevents me from working elsewhere. More

Validated by Anna from Inspiration Corporation

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9 supporters
Funded on 6/27/2013

Pierre from Chicago, IL

Getting my degree in counseling; need bed set to get a good night's sleep

I need a bedroom set for my new apartment so I can sleep and do well in school. Right now I sleep on the floor and have nowhere to keep my clothes. More

Validated by Eleanor from Inspiration Corporation

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8 supporters
Funded on 4/4/2013

Tony from Chicago, IL

Need furniture so I can study at home

I am studying to become a paralegal, but after beating bedbugs, I need new furniture so I can do schoolwork and group projects at home. More

Validated by Eleanor from Inspiration Corporation

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3 supporters
Funded on 5/28/2013

Bill from Chicago, IL

I'm under a Dr's care. I need a chair for the shower and a microwave to heat up hot packs.

My goal is to have good nutrition and health. A chair for the shower will keep me from slipping. A microwave will let me cook and heat up hot packs. More

Validated by Eleanor from Inspiration Corporation

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2 supporters
Funded on 6/24/2013

Antoinette from Chicago, IL

I'm taking GED classes and planning to go to barber school next, but I need barber tools first

I've been practicing haircuts for the homeless community but my tools were stolen from the back of my wheelchair. With new tools I can get my license. More

Validated by Eleanor from Inspiration Corporation

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8 supporters
Funded on 9/27/2013

Sierra from Chicago, IL

I'm recently housed after homelessness. I need a stroller and other baby supplies for my newborn

I need a stroller and other essential baby items to ensure that my baby will be safe while traveling with me to my appointments in search for school. More

Validated by Aimee from Inspiration Corporation

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6 supporters
Funded on 10/18/2013

Jim from Chicago, IL

I'm a single dad ready to take a new job. I need a Dept of Transportation evaluation to qualify

I need an evaluation to qualify for an available job in the transit system. My goal is to work my way up to conductor & send my daughter to college. More

Validated by Eleanor from Inspiration Corporation

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21 supporters
Funded on 12/4/2013

Steven from Chicago, IL

I just moved into my own apartment after being homeless & I need furniture to thrive in my home

I need a couch and tables for my new apartment to create and maintain a space of my own, connect with my family and friends, and put down roots. More

Validated by Aimee from Inspiration Corporation

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11 supporters
Funded on 12/18/2013

Dominique from Chicago, IL

I'm a single parent on disability; I need furniture for myself and my daughters

I'm on a fixed income and can't afford furniture. Meeting this need will give my girls a place to sleep and help our apartment feel like a home. More

Validated by Eleanor from Inspiration Corporation

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13 supporters
Funded on 12/18/2013

Henry from Chicago, IL

I am disabled and moving into my own apartment; I need household items to stay self sufficient

I need a microwave to cook food & an iron to keep my clothes looking tidy as I redevelop my life from being in a transitional shelter to my own place. More

Validated by Eleanor from Inspiration Corporation

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2 supporters
Funded on 10/18/2013

Anthony from Chicago, IL

Veteran studying addiction studies to help others. I need help with fees & books

My dream is to become a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor & provide education on substance abuse. I need help with fees & books to finish school. More

Validated by Arneice from Inspiration Corporation

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14 supporters
Funded on 1/14/2014

Niecy from Chicago, IL

Struggling with chronic pain from my disability; Need a bed & walker to move forward

A new bed and a walker will help ease my chronic pain and, ultimately, help me get back to school, function better, and be self-sufficient. More

Validated by Eleanor from Inspiration Corporation

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6 supporters
Funded on 1/17/2014

Mek from Chicago, IL

Taking computer courses to pursue my chosen career; Need to repair my computer screen

I'm taking classes in network administration. My laptop screen broke; I can do the repairs myself, but I need help purchasing the replacement screen. More

Validated by Jason from Inspiration Corporation

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2 supporters
Funded on 11/24/2013

Chaz from Chicago, IL

I am an adult learner & recent graduate; I need a certification exam to get work as a counselor

I finished my Associates' Degree in Certified Alcohol & Drug Counseling & need help with the exam fee to get CADC certification so I can get a job. More

Validated by Edna from Inspiration Corporation

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1 supporter
Funded on 12/24/2013

Akosua from Chicago, IL

I'm a widow striving to live independently - I need household items!

My goals are to maintain stable housing, go back to school and return to teaching! Household items will help me create the space I need to succeed. More

Validated by George from Inspiration Corporation

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12 supporters
Funded on 7/15/2014

Yale from Chicago, IL

I'm proud to have overcome homelessness! A computer will open countless doors for me.

I'm working towards my GED, but I don't have access to a computer to finish my coursework (my house is far from school and the library). More

Validated by George from Inspiration Corporation

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17 supporters
Funded on 7/8/2014

Javier from Chicago, IL

I'm eager to get back to work! To make it happen, I need to obtain my license.

My goal is to eventually own an auto shop. The first step is to get my license so I can work in my field and gain the experience I need. More

Validated by Hilary from Inspiration Corporation

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7 supporters
Funded on 7/16/2014

Toni from Chicago, IL

Proud to be finally housed! Household items like an air unit for my asthma will ensure a safe home.

A month prior, I was living in a shelter, and now I am housed. I need assistance purchasing these goods which impact my ability to function in my new living situation. More

Validated by Annie from Inspiration Corporation

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8 supporters
Funded on 8/15/2014

Cathy from Chicago, IL

Homeless after fleeing abuse. Finally housed; basics will start my family off right!

My daughter and I have survived so much. We're starting over in permanent, subsidized housing and meeting this need will relieve much stress for us. More

Validated by Tessa from Inspiration Corporation

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9 supporters
Funded on 8/29/2014

Denise from Chicago, IL

Working & in recovery. Now I'm finally housed! Need help with basics for my apartment.

I'm working towards self-sufficiency as I continue my road to recovery. Furniture will help me take the next step towards my goals. More

Validated by Jason from Inspiration Corporation

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7 supporters
Funded on 8/29/2014

Carmen from Chicago, IL

After overcoming a great health challenge, household items will help me build a stable home for my family.

I've been unable to afford items to clean our home. Meeting this need will help my family feel energized in a clean home & give us a better structure. More

Validated by Caesarei from Inspiration Corporation

$560of $560

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1 supporter
Funded on 8/31/2014

Rilo from Chicago, IL

Found a job, but need help paying driver's license fees to get started.

I need to pay a reinstatement fee to the DMV and then apply for a new driver's license. These fees are the last step to a steady, reliable job! More

Validated by Jason from Inspiration Corporation

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Gracie from Chicago, IL

Winter clothes & bus passes will ensure I can continue my search for a job & housing.

Without the ability to access transportation, it's difficult to pursue my goal of stability. These items will keep me actively moving forward. More

Validated by Tessa from Inspiration Corporation

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