No matter the entry point or on-ramp a person chooses to come into Cara, the milestones of our work together are largely the same. Together, we are building traction for people affected by poverty so that they may meaningfully re-enter the workforce. Our Service Delivery Model depicts how this process works in greater detail.Download
Finding a job is tough. That is why we have built multiple on-ramps to get back to work – on-ramps that speak to the varied needs, experiences, educational backgrounds, and aspirations of the job seekers who come knocking on our door.
Our participants are wonderfully diverse – not just in their journeys but in the richness of talents they bring to the table. What they all share in common is two-fold: A palpable desire to get back to work and the sheer grit to do the heavy lifting to make that happen.
Whatever their reasons for joining us or rates of progress once they get here, all participants go through the rigors of an intense, well-defined, and well-measured process to get them the traction they need to re-enter the workforce. And it goes something like this:
For many people interested in getting back to work, getting on their way means joining a full-time simulated workplace training that is designed to help build skills and build resumes, and most of all feel like work. To get in, we have some rules of admission mainly centered on integrity; but beyond the basics, we also look for people who are interested in developing hard and, in many cases, harder skills (like forgiveness and esteem) to build the muscle to not just get a job, but keep it over the long term. Learn more >
Training & Coaching
In the classroom, participants build workplace competencies and professional brand, alongside other skills like digital literacy and industry credentials. In addition, we also practice what we call the harder skills. In workshop with their community, participants unpack past life challenges that if confronted anew, would be more readily blocked and tackled with new tools and practices we develop at Cara.
Classroom simulations are great, but there’s nothing like the real experience of work to put the skills of the classroom to meaningful practice on the job. So we offer a multitude of short- and long-term transitional job experiences through our own businesses, Cleanslate and Cara Connects. Cleanslate specializes in exterior maintenance (litter abatement, light landscaping, snow removal, and more), while Cara Connects, a contract staffing firm, runs a bit more of the gamut (everything from administrative work to customer service to warehousing opportunities).
Rather than finding “just any job” for our participants, Cara commits to working with companies that offer a competitive combo of wages and benefits. We have formal standards in place for evaluating what qualifies as a quality job (where quality is measured in hours, wage, benefits, and longevity). And we partner with companies that find real value in working with Cara to fill their entry-level needs.
Retention & Advancement
Securing a job is the beginning of real success for many of our participants. Everything we practice in the classroom or in their transitional job is put to the test when they start their career. To support them on this path, we stay closely engaged for at least the first year (and focus on advancement in the years to follow), so that together we can ensure our participants are best positioned for long-term success.
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