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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.

Validators

EvaEva
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
CaesareiCaesarei
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
AnnaAnna
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
EleanorEleanor
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
JasonJason
My job title is Career Services Manager. I have been in this position since I was promoted from Career Specialist 8 months ago. My work involves providing career services to Chicagoans experiencing or at risk of homelessness or living in poverty. I also supervise a team of full-time Career… More
AimeeAimee
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
ArneiceArneice
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
EdnaEdna
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

Needs validated

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

Member: Al (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eva, Inspiration Corporation

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

$460of $460

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14 supporters
Funded on 1/26/2012

Items to furnish my new apartment

Member: Annie (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Caesarei, Inspiration Corporation

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

$280of $280

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7 supporters
Funded on 5/22/2012

Need bus passes so I can get to my computer course

Member: MEK (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Anna, Inspiration Corporation

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

$220of $206

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8 supporters
Funded on 12/16/2012

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

Member: Michael (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Anna, Inspiration Corporation

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

$353of $350

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11 supporters
Funded on 3/20/2013

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

Member: Lorena (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Anna, Inspiration Corporation

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

$350of $350

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8 supporters
Funded on 6/11/2013

Back on track and ready to furnish my new apartment

Member: Al (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Jason, Inspiration Corporation

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

$280of $280

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2 supporters
Funded on 3/22/2013

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

Member: Jenny (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Anna, Inspiration Corporation

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

$325of $325

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9 supporters
Funded on 6/27/2013

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

Member: Pierre (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eleanor, Inspiration Corporation

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

$312of $300

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8 supporters
Funded on 4/4/2013

Need furniture so I can study at home

Member: Tony (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eleanor, Inspiration Corporation

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

$185of $185

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3 supporters
Funded on 5/28/2013

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

Member: Bill (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eleanor, Inspiration Corporation

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

$95of $95

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2 supporters
Funded on 6/24/2013

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

Member: Antoinette (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eleanor, Inspiration Corporation

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

$525of $525

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8 supporters
Funded on 9/27/2013

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

Member: Sierra (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Aimee, Inspiration Corporation

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

$250of $250

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6 supporters
Funded on 10/18/2013

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

Member: Jim (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eleanor, Inspiration Corporation

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

$755of $755

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21 supporters
Funded on 12/4/2013

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

Member: Steven (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Aimee, Inspiration Corporation

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

$505of $505

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11 supporters
Funded on 12/18/2013

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

Member: Dominique (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eleanor, Inspiration Corporation

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

$675of $675

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13 supporters
Funded on 12/18/2013

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

Member: Henry (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eleanor, Inspiration Corporation

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

$90of $90

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2 supporters
Funded on 10/18/2013

I'm a veteran studying addiction studies to help others and I need help with fees & books

Member: Anthony (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Arneice, Inspiration Corporation

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

$505of $505

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14 supporters
Funded on 1/14/2014

I'm struggling with chronic pain from my disability; I need a bed & a walker to move forward

Member: Niecy (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eleanor, Inspiration Corporation

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

$465of $370

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6 supporters
Funded on 1/17/2014

I'm taking computer courses to pursue my chosen career; I need to repair my computer screen

Member: Mek (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eleanor, Inspiration Corporation

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

$100of $90

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2 supporters
Funded on 11/24/2013

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

Member: Chaz (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Edna, Inspiration Corporation

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

$255of $255

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1 supporter
Funded on 12/24/2013

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

Member: Yale (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eleanor, Inspiration Corporation

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

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