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At SJW, our mission is to connect the Valley’s disadvantaged, homeless, and transitioning individuals to quality jobs. We do this by providing support, resources, and tools necessary for becoming employable. SJW hopes that by creating this connection, they will become independent and lead healthier lives that benefit their community and families.

The only way out of poverty is a paycheck

In 1988, a group of André House volunteers serving dinner in the park responded to the cries of the homeless: “we want to work but don’t have the tools.” A few months later, Father Michael Baxter opened St. Joseph the Worker. Since that time, SJW has helped over 35,000 individuals experiencing homeless and other life transitions become employed. We continue to dispense the resources needed to remove employment barriers and create success.

First SJW Building
First SJW Building

Core Values

SJW Success Stories

At St. Joseph the Worker, we have a very special tradition. Every time one of our clients obtains a job, they ring the “Success Bell”. The whole office stops what they’re doing to celebrate our client and their new job. You can read all their stories here.