Employment Resources for Women's Programs
Some organizations provide clothing and other resources to women
for interviews and jobs. PHAs and partners involved with job training
and placement programs can contact these organizations to help women
with professional needs and to suit women for interviews. Examples
of these organizations include:
Dress for Success
A non-profit organization that helps low-income women transition
into the workforce by providing them with professional clothing.
Each woman receives one suit when she has an interview, and a
second when she attains full-time employment. Women are frequently
referred to Dress for Success by non-profit member organizations
including homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, job training
programs, and English as a second language programs.
Based in Washington DC, Suited for Change takes referrals from a
network of more than 80 job training and social service agencies
in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Referred clients receive
two outfits for job interviews (another three after they obtain
full-time employment) and are invited to attend a series of professional
development seminars and workshops to develop the skills critical
to securing employment.
Combines the benefits of job training and job outfitting. This organization
goes beyond traditional job training to include workshops on self-image,
appropriate workplace behavior, and appearance. They help their
clients break down personal barriers to build self-confidence, enhance
inner growth, and feel more confident about their outward appearance.