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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training

Mission: The mission of Dress for Success ® Pittsburgh is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. 

Geographic areas served: Allegheny County, Fayette County, Greene County, Washington County and Westmoreland County

Programs: Image Program - Provides each woman with one on one image consulting and a complete interview outfit, which includes a suit, blouse, pantyhose, jewelry, shoes and other accessories. Once employed, each woman is invited to return to the boutique to select additional everyday work attire. All clients of Dress for Success are referred to us by a registered referral agency. Employment Retention & Advancement - Our innovative Professional Women's Group and Career Center assists women in developing a personal plan for her future success and self-sufficiency. We offer monthly workshops and networking events, mentors, on-site counseling, on-line training, and special opportunities for the women to build their skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dress for Success changes the lives of the clients served. The organization does much more for these women than provide a suit for interviewing. Dress for Success empowers women to take control of their professional and personal lives by providing the skills and support required to interview effectively, to obtain and maintain a job, and to be successful in all facets of life. As a board member, I find my time and effort rewarding - I can see that Dress for Success is making a difference!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As both a volunteer and a board member, I have seen up-close the work that happens at Dress for Success Pittsburgh. I can't say enough about the impact the organization has on the women we serve. Finding a job and playing an active role to grow in that job take time, energy, commitment and sometimes a little help from others. DFS Pittsburgh - volunteers, staff, board, advisory boards - offer that help and guidance to our clients day after day. I applaud the hard work of everyone involved - especially our clients! - and am proud to be part of this fabulous group.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the board of Dress for Success Pittsburgh because I felt the work they do to be so important here in Pittsburgh. Now, over 3 1/2 years later, I remain so impressed with the support they are able to provide for women (and their children) - providing not only professional clothing and support to gain and retain meaningful employment, but also gifting these wonderful women with the self-esteem they need to be successful.