Short-Term Jobs Provide Income, Experience & References

STEP was imagined with this community message in mind. With the help of area jobseekers, this collaborative program helps local families who desperately need stable income and who often teeter on the precipice of homelessness.

Did you know?

STEP participants have seen their average monthly household income increase from $784 month to $2,427 per month – an increase of 274%!

Paid, Short-Term Work

STEP is designed to efficiently connect motivated neighbors to a short-term paid employment experience, individualized support, and connections to SWP volunteers. Eligible participants are hired by Common Wealth Development and paid a living wage while working temporary STEP positions designed specifically with the participants employment goals in mind.

Tailored, One-on-One Support

Simultaneously, Common Wealth Development’s Employment Continuum Coordinator provides case management to each participant based on their own goals, experiences, and skills they bring to the table. Part of this casework includes resume development, weekly tailored job leads, and connection to area employers that have partnered with our efforts.

Case management is augmented by individual volunteer efforts from Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ and others. These volunteer opportunities are uniquely tailored to STEP participants and their real experiences and needs.

Emerge Prepared for Workforce Success


Cumulatively, participants are afforded the opportunity to earn money while working at a STEP placement, add more work history for a resume, develop several references, utilize individualized connections to volunteers, and gain a work reference based on the individual’s demonstrated performance working a STEP placement through Common Wealth Development.

STEP was successfully piloted in 2014 through a grant from the City of Madison’s Emerging Opportunities Program paying for stipends. Additional support is provided by Madison Community Foundation and Dane County.

For more information

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

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