A Milwaukee pastor who lived up to his favorite phrase — “You don’t throw people away” — will be remembered for launching a jobs initiative that helped hundreds find employment.
Pastor Jerome Smith, 49, overcame childhood poverty and a suicide attempt as a young man, then devoted himself to helping others get back on their feet. He led the Joseph Project from his church on Milwaukee’s north side since 2015. The faith-based program connects adults from central-city neighborhoods, especially those who are formerly incarcerated, with job opportunities in the region, and provides transportation and training.
Smith died Tuesday, April 27, from complications of COVID-19.
“It’s just really hard for me right now to put to words how much he meant to so many people,” said Orlando Owens, a Milwaukee minister and aide for Sen. Ron