Get People Without Cars to New Jobs in Milwaukee
Unemployment for African American men in Milwaukee is highest in the US, yet there are many open positions with businesses headquartered right outside the city. These companies struggle to fill their growing talent needs, but those without work are stuck inside the city with no way to physically get to the jobs.
The Joseph Project filled this gap by leveraging church vans and connecting those seeking employment with opportunities that already exist outside the city with reliable transportation. This is more than just a ride—The Joseph Project trains Milwaukee's citizens with workforce training programs that help them build relationships and confidence as they realize and pursue their greatest potential at higher paying jobs.
The U.S. Senator for Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, publicly endorsed The Joseph Project as a partnership of local advocates dedicated to promoting empowerment in the City of Milwaukee.
In the organization's first year-and-a-half of operating, 182 individuals have accessed the Joseph Project’s services, 115 have secured jobs, and 88 are still working, meaning the Joseph Project delivers a 77 percent job retention rate.