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CWF Video Feature - The Cara Program

Published: May 5, 2015

For many Chicagoans struggling to maintain employment in the face of chronic poverty and homelessness, there comes a point when frustration with the job search process begins to feel overwhelming. Luckily, The Cara Program is there to help. A member of the LISC Chicago network of Centers for Working Families (CWF) – also referred to as Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) – The Cara Program provides job placement, income support and financial coaching services to Chicagoans from all walks of life. In addition to the comprehensiveness of its services – a feature common to all LISC CWFs/FOCs – The Cara Program stresses a motivational teaching model aimed at empowering students to beat back the feelings of cynicism and dejectedness that often accompany long-term unemployment. 

“It’s much more than a job program,” said student Jonathan Smith. “It teaches you about life, how to go about things, how to look at things totally different.” 

Learn more about The Cara Program CWF in this week’s installment of a newly launched LISC Chicago video series. Check back with every Tuesday between now and July 14 to learn more about another Center for Working Families in the LISC Chicago network.

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