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Cross Church Jobs Program

Cross Lutheran Church located at 1821 N. 16th St, Milwaukee, now has a full time job search counselor. The counselor is available to help with personal evaluations, job searches, job development, resume development and interview skills practice. Hours are Mon. through Thurs. from 9 am till 5 pm. Contact Dave Cavanaugh at (414) 344-1746 Ext. 106


Jobs and Economic Development Task Force

The Economic Development Task Force organized in response to declining economic conditions in the city of Milwaukee. The poverty rate in Milwaukee is the seventh worst in the nation and the unemployment rate for African American males in Milwaukee is 60 percent. Considered at one time to be an “economic powerhouse” and the economic driver for the entire state of Wisconsin, Milwaukee can reclaim its economic status and become the powerhouse that it once was with continued, concentrated efforts around jobs and economic development in the city of Milwaukee.

On August 16, 2007, the Jobs and Economic Development Committee launched a jobs initiative entitled “The People’s Campaign.” The campaign is rooted in the faith-filled vision that God has created us and called upon us to live in communities that are just and equitable. The People’s Campaign is a strategic effort to secure jobs for the unemployed and underemployed, and envisions Milwaukee as a peaceable city, a desired city with a restored economy that belongs to all of us.

The first phase of the campaign focused on expanding the Resident Preference Program (RPP) in the city of Milwaukee to increase wage opportunities for residents. On March 12, 2008, more than 150 leaders from MICAH and the broader community gathered at City Hall to make a statement of our faith and values to move the issue of expanding the RPP closer to reality. Mayor Barrett, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton and other elected officials were also in attendance. It was an exciting and energizing action drawing inspiration, conviction and commitment for the work ahead. The Jobs and Economic Development Committee continues to meet to engage new members and empower new leaders.

A strong team of attorneys, allies and associates work tirelessly to draft language for the expansion of the RPP Ordinance. As we look ahead, we look forward to a press conference to announce the proposed ordinance and see that it goes to committee and passes. Through the People’s Campaign, the power of MICAH and the community will be enhanced so that leaders and congregations can truly “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8b)