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Clothes That Work provides interview appropriate clothing and personalized, confidence building image services for clients.
While each client has a different story, we work hard to make sure that all of the clients that come through our door leave the same way – impeccably dressed and completely confident.
Veronica led an exciting life when she was younger, travelling with a successful band all over the country singing R&B and gospel music and was enjoying her life to the fullest. That is until her mother passed away - that one moment that changed everything for her.
Veronica was lost and having a hard time just getting through the day after her mom died. She began to experience emotional challenges and found it difficult to get or hold a job. For many years, she struggled with raising her kids and trying to make ends meet. She began to spiral downward with fuller force.
Veronica keeps it real as she tells you straight up that she was temperamental as well…that is until she faced her problems head on and sought help for her medical issues and decided to get back into the workforce. Through collaboration with Clothes That Work and one of our many partnering agencies, Veronica got the support she needed and today has a job working at a local restaurant. She’ll be the first to admit that her road has not been easy, but she is glad that she stuck it out. She knows that her success has only been possible because of the support system she now has in place. She says “You never know what trials and tribulations you’ll face, but when you have a good support system, it greatly increases your chances for success and keeps you motivated”.
Veronica is grateful that Clothes That Work is a part of her support system; she says if it were not for CTW, she would not have a job right now because she didn’t have anything she could wear that would be appropriate. “Getting that new suit transformed me. I just couldn’t stop smiling once I put it on. I have overcome so much to get where I am today and Clothes That Work definitely helped me get there.”
Keith’s philosophy is that it is never too late to do something you love. That is one thing that has helped him get through a losing a job and homelessness in the past few years. Laid off from a long-term full-time job four years ago, Keith had to hold firm to his philosophy. With a weak job market, and outdated technology skills, this college graduate found himself unemployed with draining financial resources that eventually left him homeless. Determined not to let his circumstances get the best of him, he decided to re-tool, seek assistance and return to school for a second degree in something he was very passionate about…helping those with mental health and chemical dependency issues.
It has not been an easy road for Keith, but he has stayed the course with persistence and focus - keeping his eye on the future. Keith reminds us that even with hard work, we can be just a few paychecks away from having our way of life threatened beyond our control and that unemployment and even homelessness can happen to anyone at any time.
Today, Keith has a full-time job to help makes ends meet, but he is looking for a permanent position as a counselor to help those struggling with drug abuse. He came to Clothes That Work for help finding the perfect suit to interview for a job in the career he desires. He describes his time with Clothes That Work as an outstanding experience, especially with the client services team who respected him and worked with him to find just the right clothing. He is ready now to answer the right call for the job he has prepared for and dreamed about.
Michael admits to having a hard life growing up. He never knew his father and he was raised by an aunt. His aunt helped to provide for him and guide him during his formative years, but when she died when he was 13, his life took a bad turn. He began to hang out with the wrong people, doing wrong things that eventually led him astray.
Even though he made good on a promise he made to his aunt as she was dying that he would graduate from high school, he fell right back into what he describes as bad behavior with bad people. His poor choices and way of life eventually led him to incarceration.
While incarcerated, Michael befriended a fellow inmate who had led a similar life and who shared some of his life lessons with Michael. It was then that Michael was inspired to change his lifestyle. When he was released, and with a vow to get his life on track, he was referred to an agency that could help him find work and he became a Clothes That Work client.
“I was more of a dress down kinda guy,” says Michael. “But when I put on the suit from Clothes That Work, I felt like a different person!” That suit gave Michael the confidence he needed to find a job. He went for an interview in his new outfit and the manager was so impressed he got hired right on the spot!
Michael knows that having the right clothes and attitude is what landed him the job he has today. He says you don’t have to let anything get in the way of your dreams.
Franciene is a mother, grandmother, college student and volunteer who is seeking employment in a medical or office setting. Franciene is embracing a ‘second chance’ at life. A chance she has created for herself. Franciene admits she has made a few poor choices. Her marriage turned abusive and over time her life spiraled further out of control. This is not the life Franciene imagined leading and she became determined to take back control.
With a record, a lack of education and no resources to present a professional image, she sought out the services of Clothes That Work. Clothes That Work provided Franciene with clothing, confidence building and image coaching to help her demonstrate to others that she is the right woman for the job. Franciene is hardworking, professional and personable.
She is now enrolled in college, volunteers 20 hours a week in a free clinic and is searching for paid employment in the medical field or an office setting.
Mon has been a member of the Dayton community since last December. He is a native of Bhutan who came to this country from Nepal as a part of a resettlement process. Mon is not unlike many people facing challenges; he too, is faced with limited resources and very little clothing.
Mon knew that in order to be successful he needed to embrace our culture. His journey toward greater economic self-sufficiency has included classes to improve his English and enrollment in a hospitality management program to improve his work readiness. Mon is a hard working young man with a strong work ethic to serve others.
His goal was to get a job in customer service and help support his family. When he graduated from the hospitality management program, Mon realized he needed an outfit to present the right image for a job in hospitality. Prior to interviewing for a position at UD, he came to Clothes That Work for help with finding the right clothing.
Mon was hired by UD and is now a working member of our community! He says Clothes That Work was vital to his success. He credits our services with helping him increase his confidence for the interview, and in his work life. Mon loves his new home in Dayton and plans to become more involved in this community for years to come.