The Joseph Project is a faith-based jobs initiative to connect people with jobs. participants go through a weeklong life skills training program and then are offered a chance to interview with companies looking to hire. The project started as a constituent service through the office of U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. 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 hobs. Johnson staffers work with Pastor Jerome Smith of Greater Praise Church of God in Chirsit to identify people ready for a life change, based on their attitude and determination. Once a month, a new group of participants attends free weeklong sessions at the church. The classes, taught by volunteers, cover topics such as teamwork, time management, financial management, conflict resolution and spiritual fitness. Participants who stay with it through the week all get a job interview with employers who are looking to hire.
Every participant is offered the opportunity to get to work via the Joseph Project shuttles. The vans run 24/7 to make sure all shifts are covered. Due to the project's success, several vans have been donated to the program. Participants are offered 30 days free transportation, and then each worker pays a nominal fee for their daily transportation to and from work.