Founder and Owner
Emily Taylor is the founder and owner of Chicago Loop Cleaners. She began her housecleaning career in Colorado when she decided that she needed to look for work that was more meaningful. While working for the Everyday Task Company in Colorado Springs, Emily had the privilege of not only learning to clean, but to run a business, as well. She was involved in the marketing, sales, hiring, and training processes at ETC. When she left to start Chicago Loop Cleaners, she left with the blessing of the owners of ETC. Housecleaning is much more than a job to Emily. Her passion is to see other peoples’ lives improve. Cleaning is a unique way of doing just that, and Emily is most excited about giving people “space” in their lives. Emily finds her work as a cleaner so enjoyable that she often doesn’t even feel like she’s at work!
Elizabeth Kupferschmid is a 2018 college graduate from Moody Bible Institute (MBI) with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She grew up in a small farming town near Champaign Urbana, Illinois, but she has lived off-and-on in Chicago since August 2013.
Elizabeth has a passion for understanding the world and the many peoples and cultures within it, which is why she decided to stay in Chicago after her graduation. Elizabeth enjoys journalism, creative writing, and learning about the hospitality industry. She imagines operating a full-time blog one day or a running a small-scale resort.
In Chicago, Elizabeth loves biking along lakeshore drive, spending a warm day at the beach, trying new restaurants, attending the theatre, meeting new people, participating in community group classes, and browsing Chicago’s many farmers markets and festivals!
Elizabeth is down to earth, service-minded, and set on achieving excellence in everything she does!
Taylor Hunt is a junior at DePaul University, studying video production. She is especially interested in documentary film, and is looking forward to a career in film directing after graduation. Shortly before joining CLC, she completed her internship with a study abroad program in Melbourne, Australia for Media Broadcasting and Culture studies
A long-time Chicago resident, Taylor enjoys getting great Mexican food on the South West Side. She also sings in a music group at her church, and enjoys creating art.
Taylor is outgoing and enthusiastic, and puts her strong organizational skills to excellent use as a team member at CLC.
LaMarkas (Markas) Orange is a graduate of Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, IL, and a native of Decatur, IL. Markas always loved singing, and began to sing at church when he was 5 years old. Currently he also works part time as the music pastor at his church on the South Side of Chicago.
Markas enjoys singing and songwriting on his free time, too, as well as exploring Chicago diners. Markas is fun-loving, high-spirited, and friendly. He is putting his eye for detail and teamwork skills to great use at Chicago Loop Cleaners.
We are a high-end luxury house keeping service that not only brings peace and rest to homes in downtown Chicago, but we also have a passion for the development of our community and city. We stand in the gap for the marginalized and are doing our part to participate in the economic development of Chicago's neighborhoods.
Our Goals For 2017
We're shooting for the stars this year. After 3 years of developing a solid internal structure and process, we are excited to make a larger impact for our clients and our community. Contribute directly to our fundraising campaign.
HIRE 4 EMPLOYEES
We put each applicant through a rigorous hiring process which includes an online software application and match, a personality test, a phone interview, a working interview, and in-person interview, and a background check and drug test. We bring on only the most serious cleaners who have a vision for their future. We bring the resources and they bring the passion and commitment to both cleaning and development.
The cost of recruiting, hiring, on-boarding and training these new employees for 2017 is approximately $15,000.
LAUNCH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
We are developing a year-long training program that will enable each employee to identify their vision for their own life and to have developed professional and interpersonal skills that will make them highly desirable for future jobs. The first 3 months will teach the team members professionalism and cleaning skills. The next 6 months will focus on personal development. This will include training on self-esteem, life visioning, goal setting, conflict management, nutrition, and financial education. In the final months of the year each team member will be able to identify the direction they want to take their career by using those skills within the company. While still cleaning, they will have opportunity to become more involved with social media marketing, blog writing, sales, management, employee training, accounting, or any other career-building skill.
The total cost for the fully-developed program is $130,000. The most basic functional version of the program can be created for $56,000.
Help Us Reach Our Funding Goal
In order to hit our goals this year, we need to raise $50,000. With this money we'll be able to hire new employees and put them through a full internship program that not only involves becoming a highly skilled house cleaner, but also puts them on a path of professional and personal development so that they can take the next steps of success in their lives. If our communities are developed, then we all win.
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Emily's Story: how this all began
"I started CLC in August of 2013, hoping to create a business that I could use to “do community development” in the neighborhood of Little Village. I had gotten involved in Little Village as a college student, and after a few years away from Chicago after graduation, it was time to come back and make a life being a part of my community again. I came back to Chicago because I was looking for a way to do community development in Little Village.
I came to Chicago initially for college. After graduated from Moody Bible in 2011, and went back to my hometown in Colorado for a couple of years. I was looking for a way to come back to Chicago though, to be involved in Little Village, where I had gone to church while in school. I had no idea what I was going to do; I just intended to “do community service”. My plan was to get a job to fund a move back to Chicago, but I was given the opportunity to work for a small business owner as his first employee. He offered to train me to start a business that I could use serve my neighborhood by providing jobs. I worked for him for 7 months, and then moved out to Chicago with his blessing.
I’ve now been in business for 3.5 years and have a small team. I always knew I wanted to use the business as a way to teach people professional and personal life-skills, but not until mid-2016 did I was I really able to solidify what that will mean in my company."
Chicago Loop Cleaners is committed to supporting, hiring, and developing the lives of immigrants and refugees. We understand the complexities of their lives as well as the process to integrate in American society. This is an opportunity and not a threat from our perspective. As we have the opportunity to assist in developing self-sustainable options for their lives, we will partner as much as possible.