Mary from Chicago, IL

I'm stabilizing my life. I need a bed and kitchenware to continue moving forward.

I've taken big steps to build self-sufficiency. A bed and basic kitchenware will help me continue to pursue my goals!


I am a 56-year-old mother, who currently work in a janitorial job that I really enjoy. Before this, I completed job training with The Cara Program and an intensive recovery program.

My goals are to stabilize my life. I went through treatment, got a job, and just recently got my own apartment. I am celebrating my new life, and in order to continue moving forward I need some help with my home. From here, I plan to build better relationships with my family, right my wrongs, and save money for my future.

I need a bed as I am currently sleeping on an air mattress which isn't comfortable for my back at my age. I also need some items for my kitchenette in my studio and living room.

Meeting this need will help me because I have savings for a rainy day fund, but I don't want to empty out my savings account if I could find some help from generous and thoughtful members of my community who understand my situation.

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Validated by Julie from The Cara Program (What does this mean?)

I met Mary when she came to The Cara Program in January of 2013. I have watched her set goals and accomplish them despite major personal setbacks that she experienced in her time here. She has now maintained sobriety over a year and a half and is committed to continuing on her path to greatness. I do believe that a good bed contributes to the quality of work at a job.

About Julie

I'm the Manager of Supportive Services at The Cara Program. I started at Cara as an Individual Development Specialist, which is a lot like a job coach, and I now manage the retention team that makes sure our students don't just get the job, but they stay in it for a full year. I fell in love with… Read more

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