In 1997 Working Wardrobe was founded by Deborah Wolf. Ms. Wolf created the organization after seeing numerous highly-skilled applicants through her medical staffing agency who could not be placed in professional positions because they did not have appropriate interview attire. She urged her friends and colleagues to help her with donations of gently-used suits and accessories and to volunteer as Personal Shoppers to assist clients in finding just the right outfit for an interview. In 1999 Working Wardrobe officially became Dress for Success Atlanta and today remains 99% volunteer driven.
Not only are we known for providing suits and professional attire for women did you know we have a job retention program (Professional Women's Group), the Virginia Philip Career Center, a job bootcamp (Going Places Network by the WalMart Foundation), and interview and career coaching?
In 2017 we will be adding more workshops as well as programs to help women find employment and continue to build on personal and professional skills. We will also be adding a mobile suiting component and collaborating with more organizations throughout Metro Atlanta.
Listen as some of our program participants tell about their Dress for Success experience.
Who is our client? Our client is women, 18-65, and come to us by referral from other area nonprofits. When a woman has an interview scheduled we invite them to our boutique for a one-hour, one-to-one personal shopping experience. They receive two suits, shoes, jewelry and a handbag to jump start their career search process. Once employed they are invited back to receive three more outfits to help them through their first few weeks of work.
Dress for Success Atlanta relies on the financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteer efforts of individuals and companies throughout metro Atlanta. Approximately 90% of all funds raised are used for programs and all funds raised in Atlanta remain in Atlanta.
Dress for Success Atlanta is a part of an international not-for-profit organization promoting economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 145 cities in 21 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped almost 1 million women work towards self-sufficiency.
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Visit us at https://atlanta.dressforsuccess.org to learn how you can get involved.