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How to Fuel a Courageous National Movement

Maria Kim

On occasion, and particularly in the time of Miss Rona (that’s what my colleague calls this time of coronavirus), I play a game with my friends called “what’s your number?” On a scale of one to ten, we each shout out or share out our number, where ten represents this day could not get any better, and one represents the pits.

Last week I was at a four.

“Oh, that’s not happening on my watch,” one of my friends replied.

Now don’t get me wrong. She was not trying to invalidate my feelings; she was trying to say we are in this together. That she is going to be there for me to lean on, to laugh with, to breathe with, to help me – over time – boost from a four on up.

She was, in that moment and throughout my life, being quintessential Cara, or the Old Irish word for friend.

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Moms Who Motivate

Cara Staff

There are hundreds of moms who have walked through Cara’s doors determined to create a bright future for their families. In honor of Mother’s Day, we share just a few stories of moms who motivate us!

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Meet Our Volunteers: Jason Rahoy

Cara Staff

Our volunteers are people who add to the heart and soul of our community. They care about our participants and staff beyond measure, and we are grateful for their support. We can’t thank them enough, but we will try our best! (Try? Ain’t nothing to it but to do it!) Thank you to all of our volunteers!
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How to Join Cara

Cara Staff

At Cara, we say, “let’s get to work” all the time. But how can Cara actually help you get to work? It all starts with joining Cara, putting in the work and believing in yourself and your skills — that way, you can get that job offer and, by our measure of success, reach one year of employment. More…

Meet Our Volunteers: Bob McGarry and Barb Foreman

Cara Staff

The sense of community you feel at Cara is intentional, real, and one of our defining principles. There are so many people that foster this sense of community, and we are celebrating a few in particular: our volunteers. We are immensely grateful for the time and effort volunteers give to our mission. Learn more about who they are and their incredible work here at Cara.
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A Moment of Pure, Simple Joy at Atlanta Mission

Cara Staff

It has become the new normal to focus on the loneliness, hardship, and tragedy the world faces due to the spread of COVID-19. But even in this unprecedented time, there are moments of joy. Our friends at Atlanta Mission, a homeless shelter and an affiliate of Cara Plus, remind us that friendship and opportunity are more important than ever.

Greg is in his twenties and came to Atlanta Mission after battling addiction. He didn’t talk very much when he first arrived; he didn’t think he needed support from anyone. That is until he met Roger, who serves as a father to many of the younger men in the community. Roger is in his fifties and had previously owned a construction company. Similar to Greg, he is bouncing back from his challenges with addiction. Greg and Roger became fast friends, and their friendship allowed Greg to slowly open up and really thrive.

In the story below, Greg shares a moment of joy he recently celebrated with Roger. Both friends continue to excel and find gainful employment through Atlanta Mission @Work, the new workforce development program at Atlanta Mission steeped in Cara’s methodology and co-created by our two organizations.

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