Feds grant $5.7 million to YWCA for job search assistance

    The YWCA of Greater Milwaukee will receive more than $5.7 million to help Milwaukee residents enter the workforce.
    The YWCA of Greater Milwaukee received the funding for its Supporting Families Through Work program from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration Project grant program. The funding will be used to help participants get necessary jobs skills, enter the workforce, and complete high school or get a GED.  The program also focuses on career development and helping participants meet family obligations, such as child support.
    “The sad facts are that many low-income people are forced into jobs where they can’t get sufficient training or that don’t pay enough to support families,” said U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee. “Programs like this one at the YWCA are perfect because they recognize that many folks need training to enter the workforce as well as support to help them along the way.  I’m thrilled that this funding is coming to Milwaukee to help people get and keep good jobs.”
    “The financial stress of unemployment or even a low-paying job doesn’t just weigh on the worker; their families and those who depend on them for food and housing are also affected,” said Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Milwaukee. “Many non-custodial parents who have lost their jobs are finding it increasingly difficult to pay their child support. The funding provided by this Department of Labor grant will support the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee and their partners in providing job skills training and other employment supports so they can find well-paying jobs that will allow parents to continue to provide for their children.”
    – BizTimes Milwaukee

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