Participate in the Missouri Work Assistance Program

The MWA program helps beneficiaries of temporary cash assistance to move from welfare to self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.

Call (314) 657-3591


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.

When you participate in this program, you will be assigned to a Career Specialist, who will assist you with developing a plan for your future job/career.



Prepare to provide the following documentation:

  • Stamp Verification Letter from the Family Support Division (if you received food stamps any time during the past six months)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Award Letter
  • Proof of Receipt of TANF or Public Assistance Record

You can use this checklist to ensure you have all the documentation you need.



Call Deyna Jones at the number below to inquire about participation in the program.

Call (314) 657-3591

What to Expect

Program participants will 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
  • 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.



St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment

(314) 589-8000

1520 Market St., 3rd Floor,
St. Louis, MO 63103-2634

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8a.m.-5p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment


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