Founded in 1912, WCS is a premier leader in community-based alternatives and justice solutions throughout Southeast Wisconsin. The agency provides quality services to disenfranchised individuals, particularly those involved in the criminal justice system. WCS is a 501(c) 3 non-profit service agency that receives funding from government and private sources, businesses and organizations, and individual supporters. Currently, the agency has 40 programs and 240 staff members, that serve over 20,000 people annually in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Sheboygan, and Kenosha counties.
The mission of WCS is to advocate for justice and community safety, providing innovative opportunities for individuals to overcome adversity. Services provided by WCS are programs that support high-risk individuals both inside and outside the criminal justice system. Services focus on employment and training, residential services, mental health, youth services, AODA treatment, and mediation and restorative justice.