My name is Crystal and I started with Dress for Success Program years ago. My first encounter with the organization blows my mind. I was in a bad relationship, bad job and thought of nothing better for myself. Until one day I was invited to attend one of the Saturday meetings and from that day on my life was changed. They taught me how to take seven pieces of clothing and make outfits for a week. I loved this, especially since I didn't have very many clothing to wear. They taught me how to do resumes and how to do successful interviews. My first practice interview went well. Before going to my interview the instructor had given me some good advice. She suggested to me, in doing my interview ask the interviewer to share a personal story about her in the work place and I did just that. At the end of the interview she told me I did a great job and it was her pleasure to talk with me. I then said to her in a laughing way," If this was a real interview would you hire me?" and she said "Yes." I then said, "Are you guys hiring? And she said, "Yes,” I said, “Will you hire me?” And she said," YES." I was hired as a full-time bank teller. I now reside in Atlanta, GA and was once again invited to attend a Saturday Dress for Success (DFS) meeting. I 'm now a part of the Processional Women’s Group (PWG), and giving back to women and I just wanted to say, Thank you.
Over the many years that we have been involved with Connections, I have had the oppotunity to see first-hand the numerous lives this organization touches, and the difference it makes in those lives. From help for the homeless to substance abuse treatment and rehabilitaion programs, to housing programs for low-income families and shelters for at- risk women, this organization does it all. Their selfless and tireless staff has a genuine caring for the people they serve that is evident from the first moment you meet them. To them, what they do it isn't a job, but a calling to take on the responsibility of caring for the less fortnuate among us. Recently, our staff volunteered at an event held at one of Connections locations. There, Thanksgiving dinner was served to more 350 people who otherwise may not have had one. Maybe not uncommon at first glance, but the operative word here is SERVED. This was not the usual cafeteria style meal served in other (worthy) kitchens. These folks were seated at their tables and waited-on by the Connections and volunteer staff as any one of us would be at our favorite restaurant. We could see that this special treatment alone was uplifting for many of those who dined at Connections that day. Folks who likely never have an oppotunity to go out to eat, were treated like we would expect to be treated at the best place in town. Connections staff prepared dozens of turkeys, with all of the trimmings - nothing spared. It was first-class treatment all the way. It's this willingness to go the extra mile to truly make a differnce in the lives of the people in their community that differentiates Connections.