Mission: Mission statement the mission of dress for success cleveland is to empower 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. Vision statement the vision of dress for success cleveland is a world where women do not live in poverty, are treated with dignity and respect, are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.
Programs: In 2016, the continuum of supportive services offered at dress for success cleveland served 689 via the support of volunteers who donated over 6,000 hours to help to educate, enhance, encourage and empower women. In 2016, 689 dressing appointments were provided, as well as 155 appointments were provided in the career center, using a total of 214 hours. In 2016, 3 cohorts of 10-week job readiness classes were provided resulting in the enrollment of 61 women, 55 who completed the program, and 23 who attained employment. The continuum of supporting services included continued personal and professional development of employed women based on 5 pillars: career advancement strategies, health & wellness, leadership & civic responsibilities, financial planning and work/life balance and 36 women were supported via this aspect of programming which impacted 30 women retaining continuous employment throughout the year; 9 who advanced in their employment; 36 who strengthened their financial positions, and 5 who enrolled in continued education programs. In 2016, 56% of the women served at dress for success cleveland were single head-of-households, with an average of 3 children, 70% received some type of financial assistance, 89% live below the poverty level, obtained and average hourly rate of 10. 23 upon placement; 2% had master/phd degrees, 40% had some college, 23% had high school diplomas, 9% had ged, 10% had less than a 11th grade education, and 10% had an unknown level of education.