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Wardrobe for Opportunity

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Causes: Employment, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training

Mission: Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) works in partnership with the community to assist low income individuals in their efforts to "Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career."

Results: Our 2011 program results are inspiring: -Served 1,985 low-income jobseekers in our Find a Job programs. Within 45 days of their interview wardrobe appointment, over 60% of jobseekers secured an interview and 43% secured employment. For those returning for working wardrobes, over 95% maintained employment after the first 90 days. -Partnered with 43 local job-training organizations to support their clients in getting what they need to ace their interviews. -Delivered 24 interview workshops to over 150 low-income jobseekers, giving them the confidence, networks, and experience they need to secure employment. -Offered seven Pathways sessions serving 75 low-income individuals from our Pathways program. -Six months after graduation from Pathways, 96% of graduates retained employment and the average annual salary increased 18%. As a measure of their excellence on the job, 39% of graduates earned a raise, 18% earned a promotion and 72% were given more responsibility. -In 2011, 42 unique individuals participated in our innovative Success Series program. Seventy-eight percent of graduates retained employment six months after graduation, the average salary increased by 11%, 22% earned a raise, 78% of participants made progress toward their goals and 78% reported an increase in job satisfaction and economic self-sufficiency. -Over 20% of Alumni participated in our Alumni Program, taking advantage of peer-to-peer support groups, financial literacy training, and affordable career coaching.

Target demographics: low-income individuals in their efforts to “Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career.”

Geographic areas served: Bay Area

Programs: Professional Image Program: WFO offers the professional clothing and interview coaching to enable low-income individuals to make that vital positive first impression. Interview Workshops: Interview Workshops provide our clients the opportunity to practice their interviewing and networking skills with up to 6 career professionals. Pathways: Through Pathways, a 6-week career advancement course, clients improve their ability to communicate, work as a team, manage conflict, and meet employer expectations. Success Series: Through Success Series, an intensive 9-month mentoring and coaching program, graduates exit the program with clear goals, strategies, and a new network of professionals to support them in their break-out career endeavors. Alumni Program and Financial Literacy: To support clients post-graduation we offer an Alumni Program that includes Peer Empowerment Groups, career coaching, networking events, career advancement workshops, and a financial literacy program.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a trainer/facilitator and coach for Wardrobe for the last three plus years. What a great organization. In the classes which I facilitate I watch as again and again groups of strangers turn into mutually supportive positive people. They soak it up from the culture of the organization the moment they walk in the building. The staff there are genuinely concerned for their clients - I've seen tears when they couldn't do as much as they wanted for the population they serve. The respect they give their clients in addition to the support transforms their lives. I'm very proud to be associated with the organization and its clients.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WFO is a wonderful organization that is run by a staff of talented and dedicated professionals. I have had the privilege of working with the organization for the past 3 years. The services they offer the community are unique in that they support underrepresented populations in career choice and career developement. The client success stories are a definite reflection of the work that is done at WFO. It is very rewarding and a pleasure to be a part of an organization that models integrity, commitment and service.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with WFO for over 10 years in the Pathways Series. WFO clients have incredible stories and I am humbled by their journey and successes. WFO is a fantastic resource for our community and their clients are well supported in all their pursuits - from clothing to job promotions. I am proud to be part of the WFO family.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been referring clients since February and only have great things to say about Wardrobe for Opportunity. From the moment a referral is made (thanks James) to the moment clients get styled and come back into my office "transformed", it is a wonderful experience. Additionally, they offer excellent workshops for clients that enable them to contiue to grow and succeed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WFO provides continuous support for individuals getting on their feet and settled in with a job and career. WFO stays with them and offers support and nurturing unlike any other employment-focused organization. We are program partners and together we are changing lives!