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Employment & Food Service

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.

In 2023, more than 350 people were placed into jobs through the employment services program. In addition, 35 new employers joined the CFI employment placement network.

Program funding is in partnership with Milwaukee County DHHS.

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Success Story: Changing lives one family at a time

Johnny Ramirez got his first job working at Culver's when he was 33 years old. He is a dining room attendant at the company's Miller Park Way location on Milwaukee's south side.

He wanted the job because he wanted to help his mom at home, but to also fix a ceiling fan in his bedroom.

When he got the job, it was an exciting moment for he and his family.

"The experience has been wonderful and beautiful," said Maria Ramirez, Johnny's mom.

With the help of his job coach, Johnny is learning and developing skills each and every day. It is because of Johnny's hard work, he and his family are thriving.

In November 2023, Johnny was selected as the Culver's Employee of the Month at his location.

Chabrinee cleaning a table top at Brown Deer (Wis.) High School as part of CFI's employment training services program.

Employment Service

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 us. We support businesses with recruitment, evaluation, training, and placement services, and help 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.

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Who We Serve

People with barriers to work.

What We Offer

We help job-seekers facing barriers to employment find work, and we link corporate partners and local businesses to a prepared and supported workforce.

Contact Info

Office Hours Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Phone: 414-937-2020 Email:

Food Service

Our Food Service program is a training venue 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.


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Who We Serve

Adults with disabilities or other barriers to employment.

What We Offer

Real-world training in the food service industry, and nutritious meals to school-age children.

Contact Info & Locations

Office Hours Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Phone: 414-937-2020 Fax: 414-937-2021 Email: Office Locations 2020 W. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53233