People with barriers to work — including disabilities and past criminal convictions —benefit from skill-development and education, placement, and coaching to help them gain and maintain meaningful employment and improve their social and emotional health.
Tanya Powell grew up in Cabrini-Green, Chicago’s notorious housing project known for its gang violence, drug-dealing and racial strife. ”It was five of us kids,” Tanya said, 43. “We lived in a two-bedroom in a high-rise building.”
But when her 17-year-old brother died after being shot in the head in a drive-by shooting, her father said, “Enough is enough.” And the family moved to Milwaukee to start anew.
Tanya went to high school in Milwaukee, but never graduated. And with little money, college had never been part of the picture.
Tanya found herself seeking assistance, and she was referred to MCFI.
Her life has drastically changed since she began washing dishes here in 1996. Her strong work ethic was noticed, and she quickly moved up the ranks. Today, she is the assistant manager for Food Services, with 12 people reporting to her. “MCFI gave me a chance. This organization is pretty awesome.”
People with barriers to work – including disabilities, literacy gaps and criminal convictions -- learn self-management skills and receive on-the-job experience in the food service, custodial, and assembly and packaging industries from MCFI. MCFI supports businesses with recruitment, evaluation, training, and placement services, and helps identify tasks and projects for job-seekers to increase their employability. We provide pre-vocational, recruitment, evaluation, training and placement services to help people reach their employment goals.
Our Food Service and Fuel4U programs are training venues where clients receive real-world experience and improve the health of the community by providing healthy meals to charter schools and early learning centers, and complementary nutrition education to schools we partner with. We also provide fresh and healthy meals during summer months in neighborhood parks, bridging the food gap while school is not in session.
Real-world training in the food service industry, and nutritious meals to school-age children.