Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) Program

Helping recipients of temporary cash assistance to move from welfare to self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.

Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) program offers employment and training assistance to individuals receiving cash payments through Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). The program will provide assistance with job leads, resume writing, interviewing skills, GED, on-the-job training, transportation, Vocational Education, and child care. Program participants take the following steps:

Individual Employment Plan (IEP):

Looking at your career goals will begin with the completion of an Individual Employment Plan (IEP). You will be assigned to a dedicated Career Specialist who will assist you with developing a plan for your future job/career. 


After the assessment is done, based on the results you would be placed in one of the following activities; Employment, Community Services (a skills building activity), Vocational Education, skills training, GED, job readiness training or job search.


If based on the assessment you are employment ready the Career Specialist will provide you with job leads until employment is obtained. The Career Specialist will also assist with resumes, child care, and transportation. Through our access to many resources in the community we may be able assist with other barriers that come up that would prevent you from entering employment with success.

Community Service Program:

The Community Service Program will give you the opportunity to gain skills through on the job training in a professional environment. The skills that you acquire and the company or agency you are working with can be used as a reference when applying for your next job. Community Service positions sometimes lead to full time employment with the company or agency you are placed with. 

For questions, requests for assistance and support, call MWA Hotline: (314) 657-3591.   

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Disclaimer: An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Missouri Relay Service at 711.

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