Racine Vocational Ministry's mission is to help individuals discover God's presence and action in all aspects of life including work; prepare individuals for life and work by developing attitudes, habits and skills that promote human dignity; empower unemployed and underemployed citizens to become productive; and fulfilled and help individuals use their unique callings to powerfully influence their communities.
Racine Vocational Ministry (RVM) is an interdenominational, faith-based, nonprofit organization created to assist the chronically unemployed to develop life, job search, and employment skills so that they may more effectively participate in the local economy. RVM opened August 12, 2002 with the help of numerous area churches, the Racine Dominican Mission, the Racine County Jail, the AFL-CIO, and many dedicated citizens. RVM expanded its programming efforts for ex-offenders in 2004. Working with local correctional and law enforcement personnel and funded by a Community Development Block Grant, Racine County United Way and Wisconsin Department of Corrections, RVM successfully implemented a program known as the Community Re-Entry Program (CRP).
It is RVM's core belief that poverty and hunger in the U.S. is ultimately the result of an individual's inability to sustain "living wage" income. In the majority of circumstances, training, advocacy and employment support can reduce or elevate this condition. In essence, virtually no one who is willing to work is unemployable. RVM targets its programming to the homeless, ex-offenders, recovered substance abusers, domestic violence victims, veterans, those residents who are chronically unemployed or have failed to find employment using traditional mainstream public systems.