MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The "Milwaukee Working" program is all about second chances -- both for the people it employs and the building which houses their efforts.
"The building has been transformed and now people's lives are being transformed inside this facility that once was abandoned," said Leroy Maclin, a supervisor with Milwaukee Working.
Those lives involve 33 employees who benefit from the range of work done throughout the central city building.
"Most of our employees come from background-challenged situations, under-employed, never employed or from background-challenged incarceration, trying to get re-engaged in their community, trying to get re-engaged with their kids," explained Maclin.
Maclin says his eldest son used to accompany him during illegal activity. Maclin was caught and served time. Upon his release, he became one of the four original Milwaukee Working employees, and started bringing his son to see him at work.
Milwaukee Working has had help including a more than $300,000 investment from the Helen Bader Foundation.