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The Cara Program




Cara provides jobs and hope.

Founded in 1991 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Owens, now, more than 25 years later Cara has evolved as not only a best-in-class job training and placement provider for individuals affected by homelessness and poverty, but also a vehicle for true life transformation. 

Since inception, we have placed more than 4,600 individuals into more than 6,400 quality jobs at one-year job retention rates of 70 or better%, catalyzing the same number of families to stop the transfer of poverty from one generation to the next.  In addition, Cara boasts social enterprises - including one in neighborhood beautification and the other in temporary staffing - that achieve a triple bottom line: more than $2 million in revenue annually and 250+ transitional jobs per year for the hardest to employ. 

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