Word of Hope Ministries, Inc. (WOHM) hosted a Training 2 Work Generation 2 Kick-off Event on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Italian Community Center.
The event informed the City of Milwaukee employers and key stakeholders of its awarded $2 million national grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for a Career Pathways Collaborative, Milwaukee’s Home 2 Stay project.
As the keynote speaker, Congresswoman Gwen Moore spoke highly of the benefits of the program and its relevance to intensify work productivity for the Greater Milwaukee area.
The Career Pathways Collaborative aims to provide the resources for incarcerated citizens returning to Milwaukee to gain the skills, services and support needed to succeed personally and professionally.
This collaborative yields successful results by following the Education Reentry model.
This model features education and training opportunities to support career advancement for offenders who have the potential to benefit from career pathways, education and job training.
“We are privileged to receive this national grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and it is our hope that we are able to boost a strong infrastructure for this project ensuring successful results of an emerging diverse workforce geared to industry-related occupations,” said Dr. C.H. McClelland, Pastor of Holy Cathedral COGIC and President of WOHM.
WOHM has established a Career Pathways Collaborative Leadership Team including key agencies such as: the WI Department of Corrections, Milwaukee County House of Correction, WI Community Services, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, MATC, Milwaukee County Departments of Health & Human Services and Child Support Services, UMOS, M & S Clinical Services, Legal Action of WI and Center for Veterans Issues.
Along with over 40 participating employers willing to share their workforce needs and identify company’s deficiencies in filling the skill gap in Milwaukee.
WOHM’s goal is to provide training opportunities that will result in competencies leading to industry certification to diminish the skills gap in the area of manufacturing in Southeastern Wisconsin.
This project will identify and map out career pathways in demand sectors and supportive services providers.
The ultimate end goal of this cross-systems collaboration is for every Milwaukeean returning from incarceration will be home to stay and avoid recidivism.
This Training to Work Adult Reentry program is an opportunity for industry employers and community partners to join together and become a part of the solution through recruitment and offering support services.
About Word of Hope Ministries, Inc.
Word of Hope Ministries, Inc. (WOHM) is a faith-based community ministry created by Dr. C.H. McClelland, pastor of Holy Cathedral Church of God in Christ, 2677 N. 40th St. in Milwaukee, WI. Word of Hope Ministries, Inc. (Word of Hope) established in 1996 provides an array of services designed to encourage personal development and self-sufficiency.
Word of Hope’s mission is to “effect a social transformation so that lives are spiritually empowered and humanized.”
The services focuses on bringing social and economic change to the residents of the Sherman Park and surrounding communities.
The support areas include: social services, ATODA Counseling, health care support, employment readiness, mentoring, technology courses and prison re-entry.
Since 1996 more than 23,000 community residents have been served by a team of professional paid staff and volunteers with specific credentials and areas of expertise.