Adult Revitalization

Windows to Work

Partnering with Employ Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, we provide cognitive skills-based education to individuals releasing from Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility or Racine Correctional Institution to the Milwaukee area. CFSS integrates the use of evidence-based curricula with a variety of strategies including:

  • Tools that lead to conflict reduction, positive relationships and communication skills
  • The ability to recognize and positively respond to their risk-taking thoughts and actions
  • Job readiness and career advancement services
  • Support services to promote smooth reintegration.

Community Partnership Outreach Program

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections contracts with the Center for Self-Sufficiency to provide education and supplementary services to individuals releasing from Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) to the Milwaukee area. The Community Partnership Outreach Program (CPOP) offers participants the tools to:

  • Reduce conflict
  • Build positive relationships and communication skills
  • Recognize and positively respond to their risk-taking thoughts and actions
  • Enhance pro-social contacts.

Project F.R.E.E. – Fatherhood, Relationship, Engagement, and Education

CFSS’s “Project F.R.E.E.”, Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s entitled “Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children” seeks to promote freedom from incarceration, poverty and the cycle of absentee fatherhood.

This project works exclusively with young men at Racine Youthful Offender Correctional facility who are rejoining the Milwaukee community, and is designed to:

  • Reduce recidivism
  • Support responsible parenting
  • Improve economic stability & self-sufficiency among fathers (age 15-24)

The revitalization services include healthy relationship, parenting and employment-related instruction, mentoring, visits and activities for fathers and children. In addition, participants have access to job training, employers, legal aid, support services and assistance with custody issues which they access from our project partners.

New Pathways for Fathers and Families

The Center for Self-Sufficiency partners with the Milwaukee County Department of Child Support Services (CSS) on Milwaukee’s Fatherhood Initiative – Milwaukee County New Pathways for Fathers and Families. This program offers fathers ongoing instruction on Responsible Parenting, Economic Stability and Healthy Marriage, as well as case management that emphasizes coaching. This program aims to strengthen father-child engagement and promote and improve employment and economic mobility opportunities. It is open to biological, expectant, adoptive or step-fathers, as well as a person acknowledged as a father figure, to a child up to the age of 24, who lives in Milwaukee County.

For additional information on how you or a father you know can access CFSS and/or Milwaukee County’s Fatherhood services please contact LaKesha Reid at 414-270-4679.

Unlocking Networks

In partnership with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF), advanced manufacturing employers, and JCF Evaluation Firm and funded by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, we are delivering a pilot project Unlocking Networks; People Pulling People and the Economy Forward(Unlocking Networks) to 36 men releasing from MSDF in to South Eastern Wisconsin.  Unlocking Network’s overall goal and objective is to provide participants with specific job skills, and credentials, so that they may qualify and obtain employment. Participants receive: Healthy Relationship Education, Mentoring, Cognitive Behavioral Work Readiness Development, Welding Skills Training, Job Placement, Holistic Case Management, Driver’s Education/DL License Support, and Fatherhood Education.

To learn more about CFSS’s Revitalization Services, contact LaKesha Reid at 414 270-4631.