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Review for Suited for Change, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Sixteen years ago my family moved to the Washington DC area. In a new place, being a new mother and having no friends yet, I ventured to the Washington Convention Center to a trade show for women. Catching my eye was a booth sponsored by Suited For Change. After learning that SFC helps women from a variety of unfortunate circumstances get on their feet, I was sold and asked to become a volunteer. Dressing clients now for 15+ years, I have witnessed countless numbers of women come into our showroom looking hopeless and after a several minutes of working with a trained SFC volunteer, leave smiling with their shoulders thrown back and their head held high. We treat all our clients like the important people they are and offer them the encouragement they so desperately need. We begin by fitting our clients into interview appropriate clothing so that their very first impression is a positive one. We also discuss appropriate grooming, the need to be on time, and answer any other questions our clients may have. There is a checklist that we go through to ensure our client is ready for her interview. We also have a number of leaflets that our clients can take with them on many topics applicable to a job search as well as helpful hints for personal finance. Also personal development courses are offered as additional help. Once our client gets her job, she comes back to SFC for additional clothing for her job as well as enthusiastic support and congratulations for her accomplishment. Two particular women I helped stand out in recent memory. One was a diabetic who had run away from an abusive situation. She had cigarette burns all over her body. In order to come to SFC, unbeknown to us, she cancelled a doctors appointment to get treatment for her diabetes so she could make her already scheduled interview. It was more important to her to begin supporting her children whom she had taken with her when she left her situation. The second woman I remember is one who had been homeless for a number of years. It took a while to convince her to remove her long johns so she could see how she looked in the beautiful skirt suit she had on. Once she was finally convinced to take them off, she looked in a mirror and started crying. She could not believe that she could ever look this nice again. A bear hug came my way and we both cried and hugged for awhile. We volunteers take our responsibility seriously and gladly cheer our clients on to success. Thank you Suited For Change for being there. I have grown tremendously by being able to give back to so many others.

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

seeing so many women emerge from our program confident to face the world on their own two feet.

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

try to find additional ways to continue to fund, as well as increase funding the wonderful contribution that SFC makes to our society. Our staff is small and the need is huge. Greater balance in that area would be beneficial to so many more women in need.

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

geeting to meet so many wonderful women.

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

hopefully one day become obsolete because there would be no one left to serve.

Ways to make it better...

we had adequate funding to service our clients and staff better

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

enough funding.

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

Thank you Suited For Change

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I am a wardrobe counselor helping Suited For Change Clients.