Are you ready to look for a job but afraid you can’t come up with the money to buy the clothes you need to wear? Don’t let that stop you.
Although for those in reentry, a new suit, dress or other clothing, along with shoes and accessories, can be prohibitively expensive, it’s possible to get all of these for free.
Yes, for free – thanks to hundreds of organizations across North America that are dedicated to providing clothing to those who are searching for work and need professional attire. And you can find them in our unique new online directory.
In fact, our research team has spent hundreds of hours scouring the internet and publications and making phone calls and found nearly 1,300 of these organizations.
Some, like Dress for Success, Salvation Army and Goodwill, are major organizations with a worldwide presence. Others are tiny operations that may be open only a day or two a month.
Many are run by churches and religious organizations. Or they may be a project of the Junior League or Urban League. Some are part of food banks or organizations that help the homeless. Others are a service provided by reentry organizations or government agencies.
There are organizations that only offer women’s clothing. And those that only cater to men. But many offer clothing for both. It’s all spelled out in our directory.
For job seekers who are looking for more than just clothing, some of the organizations offer job search counseling, help with resumes, mock interviews and other assistance, usually provided by a corps of dedicated volunteers.
$10-$20 can make a difference and provide funding to send job search books to prison and jail libraries and expand our tattoo removal outreach.