We assist clients in the selection of interview appropriate outfits and refer clients to various job-training resources as needed. Our goal is to ensure women are given the necessary outfits and coaching to facilitate self-sufficiency. While not gender specific, Suit Yourself intends to begin by offering services to the segment of our community that has initially demonstrated the greatest need (i.e., women).
Representatives from the community conducted a focus group with women from business and social service agencies in Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties. This group decided to establish a regional program to provide free career clothing and accessories to women in work/life transition.
Monthly planning meetings were held, an organizational structure was developed, by-laws were created, and a volunteer board of trustees was established.
The group evaluated space options and sought partnership opportunities. The Lakeland Foundation agreed to serve as our fiscal agent.
Our first clothing drive was held at Lakeland Community College.
Suit Yourself's new service was announced to 50 social service agencies and churches.
The first client was served. Since then, Suit Yourself has served hundreds of clients.
Suit Yourself was approved as a 501c3 non-profit tax exempt organization by the IRS.
With generous support from a The Ashtabula Foundation grant Suit Yourself in cooperation with The Salvation Army opened a second boutique in Ashtabula.