Celebrating a successful hire!

Southwest Works is the Southwest Partnership’s workforce development program: connecting area residents to quality local jobs. Improving access to employment opportunities–especially at area anchor institutions who offer stable employment, benefits, and advancement opportunities–is a major goal of the Vision Plan. Southwest Works meets community members where they are by providing individualized assessment and employment support and referrals to wrap around services and training opportunities. Rachel can be contacted at rachel@swpbal.org, or by calling 443-509-3468

Rachel Goodrich, our Workforce Development Program Manager, works one on one with community members who are interested in looking for work or changing careers. Rachel provides support with:

  • Resume building, online applications, and cover letters
  • Access to occupational training
  • Computer skills training
  • Maryland Workforce Exchange computerized job bank
  • Career assessment tools
  • Employment opportunities and job placement assistance
  • Referral to supportive services

Anchor Referral Program

The Southwest Partnership also partners with the University of Maryland Baltimore on the Southwest Partnership Anchor Referral Program. The anchor referral program provides residents in zip codes 21201, 21223, 21230, 21215, 21216, 21217 and Baltimore City residents in 21229 who have applied to positions at participating anchor institutions, who are qualified for the positions, and who have successfully completed a screening and practice interview with a boost in their application. Our participating anchor institutions are:

  • The University of Maryland Baltimore
  • The University of Maryland Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc
  • Ascension St Agnes

As a part of the anchor referral program we also hold recruitment events: where interested candidates can meet, virtually or in person, with recruiters for a range of positions at our anchor partners including clerical, food service, and security. Many applicants are offered secondary interviews on the spot and can be hired shortly after.

To participate in Southwest Works book an appointment with Rachel now:


Community members are also invited to attend a VIRTUAL Workforce Wednesday every Wednesday from 2-5pm, hosted by the UMB Community Engagement Center.

Interested in learning more? Read a Southwest Works Success Story!

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    1. That is great to hear! First, you should reach out to the Neighborhood Association, Citizens of Pigtown (COP), to informed them of your interest in moving to the area. Next, contact Pigtown Main Street as they have relationships with property owners along the Washington Blvd corridor as well as the community at-large. If you need further assistance, feel free to give us a call at the office – 667-210-2015.

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