Transforming Lives with The Joseph Project
Helping Connect People with Jobs
The Joseph Project connects people with jobs. What started in Milwaukee in 2015 at Greater Praise Church of God and Christ, has now grown to programs in Wausau, Green Bay and Eagle River (the Northwoods).
Class 126 of the Joseph Project was held this month in Milwaukee. I met with participants on day one of their one-week class schedule. It's amazing how much can be accomplished in a short time. During that week, participants learn about time management, goal setting, conflict resolution and then are ready to interview for jobs by Friday.
Read more about our week-long, faith-based initiative on my website or watch this new video about the Joseph Project in Wasuau.
October is Manufacturing Month
Every October, I enjoy participating in Manufacturing Month activities across Wisconsin. As a former manufacturer myself, I appreciate the work ethic and contributions manufacturers make. They get up every day to make products shipped around the globe. So many important and cool products are produced right here in Wisconsin. For example, did you know that Steel Craft in Hartford makes all the classic blue mailboxes for the USPS? I also visited Sentry in Oconomowoc where they hosted a Manufacturing Day event to inspire high school students to consider careers in manufacturing.
Wisconsin Town Association Convention
I enjoyed visiting the Wisconsin Town Association's (WTA) annual convention in Appleton this month. When I'm with a group of local elected officials, I always say I should be the least important person in the room. So I appreciate the logo for the WTA which features three stars and epitomizes my belief that government works best when it is close to the governed. The smallest star represents the federal government, the medium star reflects state government and local government is the largest star.
Charter School Visit
I am a big believer in school choice and charter schools like The Lincoln Academy in Beloit. They give families the ability to choose the best type of education for their children.
I had the opportunity to meet with a few of these young impressive scholars and toured their new school. I saw many innovative ideas like highlighting building mechanicals so students can see how things work. The school encourages career exploration with things like a full-sized ambulance, 3D printers and construction classes.
In West Bend, I had the chance to meet with a group of homeschool students.
In Watertown, I visited Maranatha Baptist Universtiy and took questions from students.
Charlie Kirk and I spoke at a summit for Wisconsin pastors about religious liberty.
Dane County Family Honored for Adoption
Join me in congratulating the Pollen family from Marshall for being named a 2022 Angels in Adoption honoree!
Each year, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute selects individuals, families or organizations across the nation who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of children in need of permanent, loving homes. The Pollen family's adoption story puts a spotlight on adoption for older teens who are in danger of aging out of the system yet are still in need of support and love from caring adults. Thank you, Pollen family, for adopting two young men and helping them become productive American citizens.