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Helping Women Dress For Success

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Helping Women Dress For Success
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For many women who face a financial struggle day after day, getting a job interview is just a small part  of the battle.  Most of us can merely take a few steps  to our closets and pull out something presentable for an  interview, or at worst purchase a new outfit at a mall  or discount store. 


But what if making a new purchase of any kind was out of the question?  This is the reality that many women are now facing.  It is only recently that a few organizations have stepped up and provided much needed support to these women.


One Chicago based organization started in 1991, called Bottomless Closet, was the first to offer job ready clothing along with other work force development services to women in need.  According to their website, most of their clients are single heads of households who are forced to choose between buying food for their children and purchasing clothing for a job interview.  Any mother would know how simple yet incredible frustrating that choice must be to make.


For women who do not live in Chicago, Bottomless Closet became a founding member of a national organization of independent community-based “sister organizations” called The Women’s Alliance.  TWA provides career skills training as well as professional attire to women in need all over the country.


According to TWA’s website, they help more than 50,000 women and families with their services each year.  Though their focus is on women, they also have programs that provide clothing for men, teens, and children.  The reality of the situation becomes clear after reading this phrase from their website urging people to donate, “Someone’s Future Is Hanging in Your Closet”.


To find out more about this organization, you can visit their website at


What do you think of the services offered by Bottomless Closet and The Women’s Alliance?


Are you aware of these services being provided in your neighborhood?

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  • APH007 By APH007

    I love that organizations like TWA and Bottomless Closet are available to women who may not have the means of purchasing career clothes to get them [back] into the workforce.

    I would also like to point out that Dress Barn is a great supporter of Dressed for Success. The company donates all their last season clothing and host collection events a few times a year.

    It feels great to support organizations that support women and causes that are important to us.

  • moongoddess81 By moongoddess81

    I believe these types of programs are important. The old saying goes "give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day; teach a man to fish, he'll eat for life". Sometimes it's the smallest things that can make a big difference.

  • rdiamondp By rdiamondp

    I have never heard of anything like this and I think it is wonderful. If more people helped others, the world would be a much better place.

  • bikergirl76 By bikergirl76

    I am hearing this for the first time.. This is a very good idea of helping people & recycling. Simple thoughtful idea like this can change the lives of others....

  • sassyone71 By sassyone71

    I think this is a great thing. I use to work in retail and I have got to see first hand how something some find so small can make such a big difference in someones life. It is also great because this one little step can mean so many more steps you are helping someone else achieve.

  • bbred57 By bbred57

    This is a great idea and can really give a person the lift they need in confidence in themselves. When you know you look good, you feel better and more sure of yourself and that portrays to the interviewer. We do not have this in our little town but I have heard of it in the larger towns around us. Good programs for women who can use the help!

  • kitakayl By kitakayl

    Ive have participated in this program twice. I received a pre-interview suit,shoes,and accessories, I also recieved a second suit after I was hired, Such a great agency!!

  • mmdavis By mmdavis

    I think this is a great program. This shows that others really care about others. I love it!!!!!

  • shortoncents By shortoncents

    They have these places all over the country I have used the one here in Missouri and it's simply called Dress for Success. For all the people who want to do this check with your local church's and they should be able to direct you, all the cloths that I got were new with tags on them. It's a wonderful program that really truly cares about your well being.

  • zulu0299 By zulu0299

    How noble? I live in Chicago and plan on going to the web site to see how I can give.

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