I work for the Cara Program as an Individual Development Specialist.  I have been here for a little over four years now. I moved to Chicago from Texas where I did a year of Americorps service working for a nonprofit serving the Vietnamese community in the Houston Area.

I decided that I wanted to continue to work in the nonprofit sector and found the Cara Program.  I was blown away by an organization that was so passionate about and committed to those who are underserved within the Chicago area. I work with individuals to help them become job-ready by helping them with any personal challenges they come across before they get employed and after.

Once they're employed, I stay involved with our participants and their families for at least a year, helping them to navigate the workforce, keep a sense of balance within their personal lives, and achieve their goals.


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The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success. Since 1991, The Cara Program has placed more than 3,000 individuals into full-time,… More

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Tori from Chicago, IL

Computer for my kids to succeed in school

I left a domestic violence situation and I'm now a working single mother of seven children. A home computer will allow us more time as a family. More

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