The Joseph Project: Connecting People with Jobs

In six years of traveling around Wisconsin, I have yet to visit a manufacturing company that can find enough people to meet their hiring needs, but you look at neighborhoods in Milwaukee and still see high rates of unemployment. That’s why we started the Joseph Project. We saw a need for making the connection between people who are genuinely seeking opportunity and the opportunities that exist around the state. This project is designed for those who want to turn their lives around and experience the dignity of being able to provide for themselves and their families. The Joseph Project helps them grasp the first rung on the ladder of success. My Senate staff, working collaboratively with Pastor Jerome Smith of Greater Praise Church of God in Christ and a growing number of Sheboygan area employers, are doing an incredible job motivating participants to complete the process.

These aren’t just jobs; these are careers. Participants who have completed the program are earning good wages that allow them to buy cars, stay current paying household bills, and deposit savings in the bank. I appreciate Pastor Smith’s dedication and involvement as well as the employers and business leaders in Sheboygan who are helping make this possible. I could not be prouder of their efforts.- rj

What They Are Saying in Wisconsin:

The Sheboygan Press: Milwaukeeans finding jobs in Sheboygan
Fox 6: "Life-changing:" The Joseph Project teaches people skills to find not only a job - but a career
Milwuakee Journal Sentinel: Church's Joseph Project brings Milwaukee workers to Sheobygan County jobs
Right Wisconsin: Sen. Ron Johnson's Milwaukee Mission: "You have to succeed"
Wisconsin Policy Research Institute: An unlikely alliance to connect Milwaukee job-seekers to employers
Lake Geneva News: An unemployment solution without big government

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