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Causes: Adult Education, Education, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Counseling

Mission: Dress for Success San Antonio empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Career Gear San Antonio provides professional clothing, mentoring and life-skills to help men in poverty become stronger contributors to their families and communities.

Results: Dress for Success San Antonio, since its inception in 2002, has provided a pathway to success for thousands of clients and, in turn, their families. This translates into gainful and meaningful employment, educational achievement, home purchases and so much more. Clients are more productive members of society who model confidence, pride and career advancement.

Target demographics: empower low-income women and men to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1500 low-income clients start their journey towards economic self-sufficiency

Geographic areas served: San Antonio

Programs: Individual assessments, supported and independent career center, resume & interview training, career development classes, financial empowerment training, professional apparel for interview and work environments, post-employment leadership development group

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to San Antonio a few years ago, for an all positive "total life change". I knew and know what I want, "for the most part", yet I didn't know the "HOW TO" in getting things going rightly. It was and is such a blessing to find that I could become a part of D.F.S.S.A. so easily and quickly. By God's grace, over the past two years the staff and volunteers at D.F.S. have helped me to understand some of the missing "how tos" I need to continue (and in some areas "start") making forward progress in the fulfilling of goals and purposes in my life.
The PEOPLE, the speakers, the classes and programs, fittings...EVERYTHING that D.F.S. offers to assist in INDIVIDUAL personal and professional development is so worth the time and effort to get there and participate for the kind positive changes that I/one would want for oneself and others . Before you know it, it spills over for/to others as you can't help being happy for others and become more involve in giving back when and where you can. Great relationships can also develop in the interactions and processes.
I'm loving my experiences with and through D.F.S.S.A., and I'm looking forward to seeing how things continue to unfold and What's Next.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Linda. Dress for Success was a great help to me at a time in my life when I lost pretty much everything. The staff was always kind, compassionate and professional. They never make me feel I was homeless but accepted me as a unique individual created by God. They have great resources available to assist with finding a job, preparing your resume etc. I used their computers frequently when I was looking for a job. They gave me clothes to wear for my job interviews. They offer many training classes from make up tips to planning a budget. Overall, their love and compassion towards me was and still is remarkable and greatly appreciated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to thank the ladies and men that helped me get the job that I was working toward. I want to thank each and everyone of them that helped me get the job of choice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to dress for success in 2010. I came from an abused relationship. everyone was and is so professional and friendly. they made me feel special. while going thru the gpn class I was able to have the confidence to apply for the job that I know have. I am a trainer at lackland afb with the military k9s

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a recent college graduate and unemployed. I was also transitioning to a new career. I received support from staff, got nice professional attire, and received help transitioning from unemployed to employed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dress for Success San Antonio helps women educate themselves and gain the job skills necessary to make them more employable. The suits, accessories, and shoes that you donate to them go directly to the candidates of the Dress for Success program. After presenting a class to candidates, I had the pleasure of watching them "shop" for their interview suits. Just think - a suit that had been collecting dust in someone's closet was now going to help one of these ladies make a good first impression. If you cannot take your professional attire directly to their location in Wonderland Mall of the Americas, you can drop off your donations at any Five Star Cleaners, and they will dry clean your donations for free.