Too many people in Milwaukee’s central city face significant barriers to long-term employment—unsuccessful work histories, addictions, criminal records, limited education, housing instability and lack of access to transportation, among others.
We provide the pathway to overcome these barriers, to help motivated people find sustainable employment and become self-sufficient. With self-sufficiency comes pride. A feeling of self-worth. A positive impact that ripples out beyond the individual.
We believe in our people before they believe in themselves.
Because we believe in them, we hold them to high standards; if they’re one minute late for one training session, they start all over again.
Because they live up to our high standards, we help them solve any challenge that stands in between them and keeping a good job—from transportation to childcare to trauma therapy.
How We Work
We use a proven process, drawing from successful models in Chicago and Cincinnati.
We assess and train our participants, providing dependable employees to our extensive network of small businesses and anchor institutions.
But just as important, we work with participants to restore their human dignity. By doing so, we motivate and empower them to achieve stable employment, then to progress in their careers.
Throughout, our staff remain hands-on, providing one-on-one guidance on issues in the workplace and at home.
Why We’re Different
We work with the whole person—the emotional, social, physical, spiritual, etc. We help people identify, and overcome, the barriers that have held them back so far. We help them recognize, and believe in, their self-worth.
And when we help them find jobs, we don’t walk away. We’re in it for the long run. We help them keep their jobs and advance in their careers. Even after they’re employed, participants continue to receive guidance from staff members and volunteer mentors.
Our vision for a better world:
No matter what they’re dealing with, anyone in Milwaukee who’s ready to change and ready to work will get the support they need to find and keep a decent job.
Chair, Board of Directors
Bill worked in the Milwaukee business community for more than 30 years before retiring in 2011. Most of his career was spent as Managing Director at Mason Wells, the largest private equity firm in Wisconsin. Bill worked with management teams of small to medium sized companies to help them grow and improve. Bill has redirected his efforts to bring a business approach to reduce chronic unemployment and underemployment in Milwaukee. In 2013, he formed Milwaukee Community Business Collaborative, Inc. to bring a new pathway towards sustainable employment for motivated central city residents.
Michael W. Adams
Michael is a seasoned business professional who established A Stepping Stone, a job development organization committed to preparing prospective employees for gainful employment and sustainable relationships with employers. Michael is a business owner with experience in clerical, janitorial, light assembly, warehouse operations and distribution center management. He also offers extensive knowledge in human resource management and career development for major corporations.
Executive Vice President
Director, Milwaukee Anchor Collaborative
Rodney is a Milwaukee native, UW-Milwaukee Business School graduate and a seasoned Sales Management professional. He spent the past 25 years in for profit large, anchor institution sales representing Fortune 100 companies such as Sprint, Xerox and Ameritech. Rodney recently spent 12 years managing Sprint’s corporate B2B sales organization for Wisconsin. His professional background, especially his Branch Management experience, provides him a unique insight into successfully operating a small business while meeting the business needs and requirements of the larger anchor institutions. He possesses a passion for seeing significant economic and employment improvement in the city of Milwaukee and is excited to utilize his extensive business background to help make meaningful strides in these areas.
Board of Directors
Retired Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Executive Director of Walnut Way Conservation Corp
CEO & Sareholder, Reinhart, Boener, Van Deuren, S.C.
President, Milwaukee Community Business Collaborative, Inc.
Pastor Michelle Townsend de Lopez
Senior Pastor, Cross Lutheran Church
President & Partner, SRH
"The way I was before JobsWork MKE, I was doing a slow suicide, and I probably would have succeeded. I feel like I was saved."
—Rahelia, Program Participant