In service to women, Women Helping Others has chosen to participate in helping women through supporting a local Dress for Success affiliate, whose mission is “to promote economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and life.”
Dress for Success serves “job-ready” women by referral only from a range of non-profit organizations. In preparation for a job interview, the woman is provided a professional business suit and is shown how to put her best foot forward. When she successfully lands a job, she returns to Dress for Success and receives a week’s worth of business-appropriate separates. Several of the Women Helping Others members have donated new or nearly new interview suits and / or have volunteered to become personal shoppers to help women choose appropriate apparel.
But Dress for Success strives to serve their clients at an even higher level by offering the ability to participate in their Professional Women’s Group, as well as their employment retention program. They recognize that a woman’s need for professional development is continual and does not end after she finds a job. Volunteers offer career coaching that focuses on the ongoing process of setting career objectives and moving toward the ultimate goals of independence and self-sufficiency. “This goal is in alignment with our goal of supporting women in a sustainable manner,” said Deb Meogrossi. In response to volunteer efforts, Amara Martin, program coordinator for Dress for Success Denver notes, “Always remember that we are here to serve women in the community. Regardless of how you contribute you are part of Dress for Success and we are changing lives.”
Dress for Success / Denver
Donna Deteau, Executive Director Amara Martin, Program Coordinator