Connecting Chicago's Homeless With Job Skill Training
When you don't have a job, it's easy to quickly become homeless. A missed paycheck or two is often the first step towards eviction and homelessness. And when you don't have an address to put on a job application, it can be hard to find a job to get back on your feet.
When you're homeless and don't have access to showers or washing machines, people with jobs have a hard time respecting you as a human being. And Joe tells us it's sometimes hard to feel like a human being in your own eyes.
Care For Friends is proud to partner with cara, who has been providing a pathway out of poverty since 1991. Graduates of the cara program earn an average wage of $12.34 an hour, for jobs providing an average of 38 hour per week. And when these friends are checked back on a year later, they overwhelmingly remain employed at the same place.
"Sometimes, when you're homeless without a job, it's like being a shadow in the daylight. People will turn their head and ignore me. They didn't want to see me. It's like being a shadow."
- A Friend, who is now employed full time with benefits, remembering what it was like to be homeless.
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