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Coffey Talk: Dress for Success; Building Confidence and Getting Jobs!

Coffey Talk:  Dress for Success; Building Confidence and Getting Jobs!

by Claudia Coffey

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 7:56 PM

I have been in the midst of my “Great Closet Cleanout, 2011” and today was part two.  I donated dozens of suits and separates to Dress for Success Louisville; and I’m so happy I helped out this wonderful organization.  I really encourage everyone to go down to their office at Third and Guthrie streets and see first-hand what they do.

When I walked in, I was greeted by Deena Adams the Director of Volunteers and Community Relations, and Director Betty Fox; they were so thrilled to receive my clothes.  While hanging up my outfits, Fox was already telling me about some women that could use the sizes and the style of my outfits.

While there, I also met several women from Westwood Presbyterian Church; they donated one hundred purses!  The purses were stuffed with all kinds of goodies like lotions, a pen, small notepad and a comb.  I love their motto: “The purse symbolizes a woman’s economic power. There is power in having money of her own to buy things and provide for her family!”

For those not familiar with Dress for Success, they provide a wonderful service for women to move back into the workforce; they serve more than 70 women a month who are referred by various agencies.  The women go through workshop training, learn computer skills, resume writing and even do mock job interviews.  Then once they complete the process, they go to the store on Guthrie and pick and choose the appropriate wardrobe for interviews.

Volunteers are there to help the women put together the perfect outfit, from head to toe with jewelry and handbags.  Shydora Dickerson was one of the women there the day I was and she was excited about two upcoming job interviews.  When she walked out of the dressing room, she was glowing.  It was the look of a woman saying, “I can do this, I do have the skills, I have the confidence inside and out.”

That is what Dress for Success is all about.  It gives women the skills, the confidence and then the wardrobe to make a living.  It was great meeting you all!

By the way, they are in desperate need of a new space to operate; they have outgrown their current space.  Their job training office is on Main Street and the clothing store is on Guthrie; they are looking for a larger space to house both, with plenty of free parking and an area accessible by bus.

They have a number of great events coming up, and I do hope others will get involved.  I will be emceeing their “Suit and Salad Luncheon,” Tuesday, November 1 at the Galt House; it’s their biggest fundraiser of the year.

If you would like to get involved, or help them find a new space (wink wink nudge nudge) call them at 502-584-8050.