We help people who are ready to change, get ready to work.
Through hope, high expectations and holistic support, we transform lives by helping people get and keep good jobs.
"As I got more and more involved at JobsWork MKE, in learning all of these skills, I just wanted to keep going. They taught me people skills and helped me with my resume. They gave me financial goals and a financial coach. They even helped me with my license."
Why We're Here
The problems of chronic unemployment and generational poverty go hand-in hand. Consider where Milwaukee ranks among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas*:
The Highest Black poverty rate – 33.4% -- almost five times the white rate.
Lowest annual household income for Blacks, $31,052. Only 42% of white income.
Biggest racial gap in income. Black male workers make 59.7% of a white worker’s
Third-lowest employment rate – 66% -- for Black males ages 25-54.
Third-highest incarceration rate
*Source: Levine, Marc V., "The State of Black Milwaukee in National Perspective: Racial Inequality in the Nation’s 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas. In 65 Charts and Tables" (2020). Center for Economic Development Publications. 56.
JobsWork MKE is more than an organization. It’s a movement that relies on the help of many to create change. Explore opportunities where you can make a difference.
"I learned I could be something positive in other people’s lives just by being who I am. If you want to be part of something that’s great, that’s positive, that’s steady, that’s expanding, then this program is for you.”
— Marilyn, Program Participant