The Joseph Project

The Joseph Project is a faith-based program that connects people to jobs. Participants go through a 4-day life skills training program and then are offered a chance to interview with companies looking to hire at a living wage.

“The Joseph Project has been an absolute blessing for me. Through the program I have identified some barriers that have prevented me from sustaining employment in the past. I have a new confidence. I believe in myself. I am a winner.”
-Vincent O.

Where Did the Joseph Project Begin?

The Joseph Project started as a constituent service through the office of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson in collaboration with Greater Praise Church of God in Christ in Downtown Milwaukee. While traveling the state, the senator found that manufacturers’ number one concern was not having enough workers. Yet when he visited central city neighborhoods, the problem was not enough jobs. Johnson staffers worked with Pastor Jerome Smith of Greater Praise Church of God in Christ to identify people ready for a life change, based on their attitude and determination. Pastor Jerome Smith and Orlando Owens began this innovative initiative to connect underemployed and unemployed individuals in inner city Milwaukee with manufacturing business desperately in need of workers. It is rapidly expanding and providing connections throughout the state for individuals who have a desire to work with businesses willing to pay a living wage. The Micah Center is the home of The Joseph Project in the Green Bay area.

“When you succeed, others will succeed too.” —Sen. Ron Johnson

What Can I Expect?

The initiative consists of a 4-day class at The Micah Center (700 E Walnut St., Green Bay) which promotes life skills such as team work, time management, financial management, spiritual fitness, stress management, and conflict resolution to name a few. Program advocates will work with participants to develop interview skills as well as assist in the writing of resumes.

“The Joseph Project was very helpful in helping with ideas on resumes. I especially liked the conflict resolution piece. More than that, it made me feel as though I was better equipped to enter the workforce.”    -Project participant

How Do I Get Started?

The next Joseph Project class will be announced shortly. Your first step is to contact Eugene or Dan:

Eugene Smalls, Case Manager and Joseph Project Coordinator: or (920) 288-7217.
Dan Wolff, Case Manager and Joseph Project Coordinator: or (920) 246-0136.

What Should I Bring?

  • A positive attitude
  • Your resume
  • A willingness to learn

“Understanding how the interview process is viewed by the interviewer and the questions that we reviewed helped prepare me more thoroughly to succeed at my interview. Nailed it!”   -Lisa W.

What Should I Wear?

Be dressed for success!