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UMOS, a non-profit advocacy organization, provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations.
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Workforce Development

UMOS' Workforce Development Programs are Equal Opportunity Programs.
Michael at Cream City Boxing

Michael had been unemployed since April 2015 due to previous issues in his life and work history. He started his way back into the workforce by enrolling into the UMOS Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program (TMJ).

Michael completed UMOS' enrollment requirements and was asked to start subsidized employment with Cream City Boxing Health & Fitness.

After completing 1,040 hours of the UMOS TMJ program requirements, Michael had the opportunity to continue working full time with Cream City Boxing Health & Fitness as a trainer. However, Michaelhad bigger plans of becoming a business owner himself.

After lots of hard work, lots of learning and lots of support from friends and family, Michael Hundley-Hodges is now the proud owner of Happy Hustlin, LLC, a custom clothing and other wearables apparelstore in Milwaukee.

Congratulations, Michael!

Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program

Transform Milwaukee Jobs (TMJ) is an employment program that offers unemployed residents (within a specific geographical location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) immediate work at minimum wage or above. Hourly wages ranged from $7.25 to $18.75. Forty-eight percent of former TMJ participants are earning at least $10 per hour, and the top ten percent are earning $13.00 an hour or more.

The Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program is made possible by Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funding through the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. The purpose of the program is to enhance employment opportunities for those who have difficulty entering and succeeding in work and who are responsible for the financial security of their children. The program's strategy helps individuals overcome employment barriers and transition into work using wage-paid, short-term employment that combines real work, skills training, education and supportive services.

Program participant demographics are 94% African American, 84% male, 81% are non-custodial parents, 95% are ex-offenders and 77% have to comply with child support orders.

The Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program offers job coaching, employability planning, life skills development, limited vocational training, as well as job search assistance.

The program promotes self-sufficiency by providing time-limited, publicly-funded, wage-based jobs in public, nonprofit or for-profit settings. UMOS partners include Milwaukee Urban League, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, and Northcott Neighborhood House.

UMOS and its partners served 1,171 job seekers and many are placed into occupations that have long-term career potential.

UMOS also implements the Transitional Jobs Program outside of Milwaukee County into Southeast and North East Wisconsin counties.

To see several success stories from the Transform Milwaukee Jobs program, click on one of the video testimonials below:

April Moore
CNA - Faith Hope & Charity Supportive Living

Ashley Carr
CNA - Faith Hope & Charity Supportive Living

Brian Holman
Owner - Faith Hope & Charity Supportive Living

Joseph Tarbukvich
Director - Pro Trade Job Development

Tamara Higgins
Program Coordinator - Trinity Institute