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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The mission of dress for success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Programs: Key career retention and career advancement programs to promote and sustain the economic well being of clients include: professional women's group program (pwg): operated as a professional association, the pwg strives to teach underserved women about workplace communication, corporate culture, financial literacy and wealth building, advancement of career skills, work/life balance, and more. There were 48 active members during 2017. Data from pwg programs show: 96% of members stay employed; and 29% were promoted. Financial education: designed as a response to the need of our women for financial education. The curriculum was developed with national endowment for financial education and provides education on such topics as basic banking, budgeting, credit management, debt, investment, retirement, taxes, workplace benefits and the government and your money. At the completion of program: 79% created a monthly budget; 86% started emergency fund; 100% able to save between 1% - 33%; 100% achieved at least one short term goal; 71% felt more confident about their financial life upon completion of program up from 14% pre-program; 50% of attendees owed more than $10,000 in debt at the start of the program and 14% paid it down below $10,000. 100% of attendees had checking accounts and 93% had savings accounts. Going places network (gpn): helps unemployed and under-employed clients gain career skills, learn how to utilize job search resources, and build confidence. In 2017, 37 women participated in the going places program and 100% completed the program with 51% securing employment within 30 days of program completion and 65% at 90 days post program. Professional development workshops: various workforce development topics such as: "are you job ready and "interviewing 101" are offered by various hr partners. Organizational impact: in addition to impact reported by individual program, overall, data collected from all internal programs, and partner agencies, tells us that 68% of those receiving dress for success charlotte services are securing employment.

providing interview-appropriate clothing, accessories, and personal care products to women as they attempt to enter the workforce. Once they obtain employment, providing a working wardrobe of up to five more outfits. Clothing and accessories were provided to 719 clients during 2017. The income and expenses for this program are all non-cash donations and expenses.

career center: open 35 hours per week, a client can use this free resource on her own or schedule a private appointment to meet with a hr professional to learn: internet, email, and social media as job search tools; job placement software; resume and cover-letter; interview preparation and setting up an email account to apply online. The career center has educational and financial literacy materials, job search books and magazines, clippings of relevant articles, websites and tutorials, lists of important web sites and job postings. The number of women who utilized the career center in 2017 was 243. There were 575 separate visits and 100% of those using the career center reported securing an interview.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a International Marketing Manager twenty years ago for a company that went out of business. I have been looking for work and retraining for all these years. I have been trying to find other women to be with who had similar experiences. I met many women with degrees and have gone to graduate school like myself looking for answers. The women that helped the other women to empower themselves were wonderful. This gave me new hope as a client. I have been very frustatrated for twenty years trying to get some where. I even got retrained as a paralegal eight years ago to get no place. Here, I found hope. I still do not have a job with my education but I have hope.