Kudos to Jamesetta Walker, who covers fashion and beauty for The Virginian-Pilot, for telling the story of Dress for Success Hampton Roads, the local chapter of the national nonprofit. The mission of the organization is 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.
By providing something as simple as an outfit for a job interview, and someone to talk to — lives are changed forever.
Walker’s story reads:
Ambience can affect the psyche. Many of the clients have been purchasing their clothes from thrift shops, Dandridge said. Their self-esteem may be diminished. The vibe here will be uplifting, Dandridge vowed.
Clients are referred to Dress for Success by agencies such as the housing authority, job-training programs and domestic violence shelters. A health and wellness component is part of the program, as well as coaching.
The biggest barrier to success often is lack of education, Dandridge said. GED assistance is provided.