Nonprofits Provide Jobless Men With New Suits for a Second Chance

Nonprofits Provide Jobless Men With New Suits for a Second Chance

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32-year-old Joe Campbell didn’t have a suit hanging in the closet on the day he was scheduled to interview for a job in New York City. He’d been unemployed for more than a year and was homeless, but desperate to succeed.

After his job counselors directed Campbell to visit “Suited for Work”, he was stunned by what he found there.

Brand-new suit jackets from designers like Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis and Michael Kors hung from the racks and dress shirts stacked neatly on the shelves boasted pearly buttons.

At the Suited for Work boutique, volunteers and staff members of the nonprofit social services agency, Federation Employment & Guidance Service (FEGS), prepare their clients for success by offering each an entire new outfit.

“With donations from companies like Men’s Wearhouse, Peerless Clothing Inc. and Nautica, they have put more than 8,000 clients in new professional clothing since the program started in 2008,” says the NY Times in a recent story.

Suited for Work helps men gain additional confidence for their job interviews. No matter what the job, even in janitorial services, a sharp suit will give them a leg up on the competition. Karen Zuckerman (pictured above) is the FEGS Associate Vice President of Volunteer Services who developed the rare program that fits men with new business attire.

In the article about Suited for Work in the New York Times, Joe Campbell got the job that day. The manager offered him a part-time position on the spot, for $8 an hour, and commented on his nice suit.

(READ the feature story from New York Times)

 

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