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Bears to honor Cara through Community All-Pro Initiative


The Bears' return to Soldier Field Thursday night means another local charity will honored by the Bears100 Community All-Pro Initiative.

This week's recipient of a $100,000 grant will be Cara, a program that helps people affected by poverty to find and keep quality jobs.

Cara believes that the challenge of poverty and related struggles, such as recovery, domestic violence, episodic homelessness and incarceration can be alleviated through the rebuilt hope, self-esteem and opportunity that comes with longterm employment.

"We are truly honored and blown away by the power of this grant and the recognition from such a storied Chicago institution," said Maria Kim, Cara President & CEO. "With this gift, the Chicago Bears have demonstrated their commitment to creating hope, jobs, and opportunity in the hundreds of motivated job seekers Cara serves each year. We are thrilled to stand alongside these other incredible All-Pro organizations who are committed to making a better Chicago for all."

Cara was founded in 1991 by Tom Owens. Since its founding, the organization has found over 6,500 people employment, with a 70 percent retention rate.

The Community All-Pros Initiative is an opportunity for the team to show its gratitude to the community that has supported it since 1921. Ten grants will be awarded over the course of the season before every home game, totaling $1 million.

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