Posted by Mary Jones on Aug 03, 2018
David Hayford introduced the day's speaker, Paul Chamberlain, along with other members of Senator Ron Johnson's staff. Paul manages the Joseph Project, which operates in Milwaukee, Madison, Wausau, Green Bay and Chippewa Falls helping inner city unemployed and underemployed people find jobs.
 
The Project's website is: www.josephprojectwi.org
 
Here is a link to Paul's PowerPoint presentation:
 
Some highlights from Paul's presentation:
 
• In Milwaukee, Pastor Jerome Smith is very active in the Joseph Project. 
• Ron Johnson noted in 6 years of traveling Wisconsin that many companies/factories couldn't find enough employees ... and that many inner city men and women were unemployed and/or underemployed and formed the Joseph Project to begin to get those two groups of people together.
• Success is based on relationships between people.
• The project's mission is connect those who are genuinely seeking opportunities to improve their life with opportunities to do so that already exist.
•  The Project receives no state or federal dollars.
• Some of the companies/factories participating are the Kohler Company, John Deere, Johnsonville Sausages, Certainteed, and Kolbe Windows and Doors.
 
The Project vets the candidates to make certain they are sincere about improving their life. The candidates must complete several workshops, be on time, and meet all commitments. The workshops consist of interview performance (teaching the candidates to develop their "elevator story), how to deal with change and success, and how to be a member of a team.
 
All candidates must be prepared to pass a drug test. Some employers use hair follicle sampling, which can detect drug use for as long as 90 days. The Project assists candidates who may have trouble passing that test ... giving them the time to "get clean."
 
The candidates are coached to:
• Make restitution
• Escape dependency
• Combat recidivism
• Pay bills on time.
• Pay it forward
• Celebrate the dignity of work.
• Be a positive example to their children and others
 
Paul concluded by saying, "We change lives one person at a time."
 
Sue Panek led the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.