Providing Professional Clothing to Low-Income Men and Women
A Good Idea
Clothing & Connections is a non-profit organization that provides donated professional clothing to individuals referred to them. The program is one of several family self-sufficiency programs in the community. All clothes are donated from the community, and professional volunteers from the community do makeovers.
Goal / Mission
Clothing & Connections' mission is to provide interview and career clothing, information, and referrals to clients in need as they pursue new opportunities for advancement in self-sufficiency. Clients are referred to Clothing & Connections by a group of non-profit member organizations, which include homeless shelters, domestic violence centers, job training programs, and self-sufficiency programs. Clients are fitted with clothing specific to the job they are applying for. In addition, Clothing & Connections offers mini-seminars on topics such as preparing for the job interview, making a positive first impression, and dressing for success on a limited budget.
Results / Accomplishments
Clothing & Connections has dressed more than 400 from February 1999 to August 2001. More than 100 clients have successfully completed the training offered by Clothing & Connections and taken part in a graduation celebration.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Joy Kipp
201 11th Street North
Fargo, ND 58102
Economy / Employment
Social Environment / Community & Business Resources
- Clothing & Connections Program, Fargo Housing & Redevelopment Authority
- Corporation for National and Community Service
- Date of publication
- Fargo, ND
- Target Audience