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Education leads to your pathway to success.

Senior Services

Your path doesn’t end when you become a senior.

Career Services

The right career will lead to your pathway of success.

Summit on Poverty & SWIM Conference

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Empowering Milwaukee County residents with the resources to move beyond poverty.

For more than 50 years, the Social Development Commission (SDC) has served as a planner, coordinator, and provider of human service programs for low-income individuals and families in Milwaukee County. SDC was established in 1963 as an intergovernmental commission under Wisconsin State Statute 66.0125. In 1964, the SDC became the only Community Action Agency for Milwaukee County. read more …

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It’s never too late to get your high school degree! Don’t give up on your dream. Sign up now for our FREE General Educational Development (GED) classes and start on the road to achieving you dream.

ChefStart Culinary

You love to cook. So, launch a career or just take your skills to the next level.

Our ChefStart Culinary program will show you how.

VITA Free Tax Preparation

Get your taxes done for FREE if your income was $58,000 or less. Don’t fall prey to those predatory tax services. Let our certified tax preparers file your taxes for FREE. Then talk to a financial coach and one of our partnering financial institutions about how you can turn a dream into reality.

Senior Services

As your age goes up, so do your benefits. You may be eligible for programs that increase your income.

Absolute Advantage

Are you a recent graduate, unemployed or underemployed? Are you interested in entering the construction industry, receiving certification, and being ready to find a great paying new job?

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – A Message from our CEO

A Message from our CEO On January 18, the Social Development Commission will close in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. As we reflect on Dr. King’s message and SDC’s mission, we can’t help but wonder what Dr. King would say if he were alive today....

Spectrum News 1: “How One Woman Got Out of Debt and is on the Path to Homeownership in a Pandemic”

Shaquana Johnson had been homeless before meeting the Social Development Commission's Financial Coach Warwees Holt. Today, she is poised to purchase her first home. Meet Shaquana and learn more about her story via Spectrum News 1: 'I'm Starting to Reach My Goal': How...

CBS 58: Milwaukee’s Social Development Commission prepares hundreds of self-care kits for those in need

Milwaukee's Social Development Commission (SDC) spent Thursday, Dec. 31, packing up self-care kits to be delivered across the city. The idea is to help people and families deal with life stresses -- something that may be even more important during a pandemic. Read...

Look What You Did For SDC’s Senior Volunteers!

Thanks to those who donated to the Social Development Foundation's 2020 Senior Giving Tree Fund, we were able to purchase gifts for our senior volunteers in the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent programs. Collectively, SDC employees, board members and supporters...

How Many Times Do We Have To Watch Them Die?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information Contact: Kim Dawson-Brooks Marketing and Communication Specialist 414.906.2744 / How Many Times Do We Have To Watch Them Die?  Wisconsin’s Largest Community Action Agency Demands Policy Change After...

A Special Thanks To Our Appointed Partner Agencies

Our Board of Commissioners consists of representatives of three different sectors of the community. One-third of the members are appointed by public officials and a third are appointed by the private sector.

CR-Social Development Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need this information interpreted to a language you understand or in a different format, please contact La Toya Jones, Equal Opportunity Officer, at 414-906-2823 or Callers who are deaf or hearing or speech-impaired may reach us at Wisconsin Relay Number 711.

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