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Review for Suited for Change, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Suited for Change is truly an amazing organization. I for one can not look back over my life without acknowledging the great positive impact SFC had on my life and still does. Where do I start, at the end of my nightmare would be a good a place. I was living, no exsisting in a life of substance abuse and denial. This life style as it was grants you nothing and takes everything from you. When I was finally able to pull myself up and away so I could begin my life again, I had no marketable skills or presence, in fact I had very low self esteem. After finishing a job readiness program which was part of my recovery, I was terrified. I did not know even how to approach looking for a job. Enter an invitation from an organization that had opportunities for me to be able to recieve training in resume writing and how to dress for an interview as well as give you the suit for the interview. THis was of course Suited for Change. THey gave me more that a suit, they gave me a thrist for excellence that I still have today! The classes on presentation gave me such confidence and the one on one mentoring from the many giving and warm women of SFC began to help me heal and believe in myself again. When I recieved my acceptance letter from XEROX on the first interview, my self worth was outstanding!!! No more poor Leary I was going to succed. I eventually went on to become an on site contract liasion between Dept of Energy and Xerox and the service Techs. Life is good now due to a lot of encouragement and training from SFC, they always leave the door open which is such a plus!! You never know when you will need a word or a push in the right direction again. I have gone on to speak with many people, organizations and I was blessed to even speak on the Supreme Court floor wuth at least 1 Supreme Court judge in residence and a room full of Lawyers and organizations that are striving to be apart of the solution in the metro area. I have had a great journey back to me and I thank Suited for Change for seeing the best in me, as I went from the streets to the Board Room.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

THe fullness of my life. Suited has been a constant and ever inspiring part of my life. I live iin Florida now but I stay connected and I have been abel to take the same passion for helping other women with me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Extend the reach to help more of the rural areas, so that women who cannot reach the metro area can be given the same opportunities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How they assisted in changing my life and giving me life choices. How they taught me to love the opportunity to serve others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, giving , very positive and to the point. They would rather be truthful and have you change than to pat you on the back and say it will be alright. Change hurts sometimes and you have to commit to saving and changing your life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach more teach more.

Ways to make it better...

I had a great experience with SFC, yet they need a lot more help with resourses that will allow them to reach more than the metro area.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

having more skilled people to come in and prep the women on job skills. TO have more monies that allow them to focus more on developing more classes and resourses than the rent.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Suited For Change is a place of recreation and being able to blossom into much more than you were or never was. Their continuing connection with their clients is a great plus for them and for the women they serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Board Member & event speaker,assisting in classes, volunteering when needed.