Employment Support for Adults

Job Shop is the central hub of the Southwest Partnership employment continuum, a program of Common Wealth, Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, and Joining Forces for Families. Neighbors, volunteers, job seekers, students, social service professionals, and neighborhood center staff come together every week to meet area residents and work together.

Wholistic Approach Makes Job Shop Different

Job Shop is a voluntary service center where social work professionals and committed volunteers offer face-to-face, one-to-one, hands-on help for people trying to find work. It is a “front door” to a caring environment and to other help beyond the employment-seeking help offered immediately that morning. Many people take advantage of specific support options, while others choose to connect with us more deeply. The degree to which participants engage with our services is completely up to them.


Job Shop happens every Wednesday from 10 AM to 12 PM and is located at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center. All job seekers are welcome to attend and receive individualized support towards their employment goals.

Beginning this past January 12, Job Shop now also happens every Tuesday from 12 PM to 2 PM at Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center.


Job Shop support services include:

  • Madison Writing Assistance offers resume development support
  • Staff provide weekly job leads
  • Staff help participants complete online job applications
  • Staff assist participants apply for public benefits and programs
  • Joining Forces for Families attends and offers additional support and resource referral on a wide range of issues that affect job seekers and their families.

Our Employment Continuum Coordinator is on hand every Wednesday to connect directly with individuals, volunteers, and other community stakeholders.

For more information

To learn more about the Southwest Partnership and adult employment development, contact John Wroten at (608) 516-5332.