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The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Dress for Success Worldwide, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was founded in New York City in 1997 as an answer to the needs of low-income women who are seeking employment and self-sufficiency. Our organization serves clients referred to us through our network of partner agencies, each of which has a job training component. These agencies include a variety of educational institutions, reentry programs for the formerly incarcerated, homeless and domestic violence shelters, rehabilitation programs, job training programs, and more. More than 3,000 partner agencies around the world refer women to Dress for Success for professional apparel, career development services, and ongoing employment retention programs. A prerequisite of being referred to Dress for Success is that each woman must have already secured a job interview. On the first visit to Dress for Success, volunteers help our clients to pick out a suit and accessories for their interview. Once a client has secured employment, she is invited to return to our offices to receive up to a week's worth of office-appropriate clothing. After the initial suiting process, clients are invited to utilize our other employment programs and services.