Nicole from Chicago, IL

I'm a mom with BIG dreams for my family - A computer will remove countless barriers!

I need a computer to excel at work, return to school, give my kids the tools they need to take advantage of their schooling and connect with the world


I am a mother to two beautiful children that are my world! I am a participant in The Cara Program and just made 7 months on the job with as a Sales Representative at a medical related call center. I have dreams beyond this job though, and in the next year want to move up and pursue a teaching degree.

My goals are to stabilize my family and become an elementary school teacher. I am working with a local nonprofit that actually helps young people without college degrees who volunteer and help with their local neighborhood schools get their teaching certificates. Once I make a year on the job at my current place, I plan to make progress on my education.

I need a computer. This will help me be ready to start my classes towards my teaching degree and will also be of assistance to my kids who could use the technology in the house. Because they get free lunch, we'll also be able to get cheap internet which will connect them to the world outside our city.

Meeting this need will help me because I am simply not in the place to save for anything beyond necessities. My husband is legally blind which limits his job opportunities and our financial situation is tight.

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This need has been validated by Lauren from The Cara Program

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

I have known Nicole since she came to Cara in June of 2013. She was an exceptional student while here and moved through the program faster than the average student and into a job. I know teaching is her passion, and based on her demeanor I can tell she will be an excellent teacher to the children of her community.

About Lauren

My job title is Individual Development Specialist, a combination of a job coach and case manager. I have been in this position since September 2011. My work involves providing career coaching and generalized case management services for individuals who have just become employed to ensure progress… Read more