Community Link: Dress for Success Indianapolis


THIS WEEK’S COMMUNITY LINK. I’M CAROLENE MAYS- MEDLEY. A LOCAL ORGANIZATION CALLED DRESS FOR SUCCESS IS WORKING TO PROVIDE WOMEN WITH SUPPORTIVE SERVICES TO ACHIEVE SOCIO- ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT. TO TELL US HOW IT IMPACTS THE LIVES OF WOMEN IS JULIE PETR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DRESS FOR SUCCESS. WELCOME SO GLAD TO HAVE YOU LET’S DIG MORE INTO THE MISSION AND THE START OF DRESS FOR SUCCESS. WHY WAS IT STARTED AND SPECIFICALLY WHO IS IT SERVING? DRESS FOR SUCCESS WAS FOUND IN 1997 IN A BASEMENT OF A CHURCH IN NEW YORK CITY. OUR FOUNDER HAD RECEIVED A 5,000 GIFT FROM HER GRANDFATHER. KNOW WHAT A TREMENDOUS NEED THERE WAS TO HELP WOMEN FIND SUCCESS IN NEW YORK CITY SHE FOUNDED DRESS FOR SUCCESS AND TWO YEARS LATER IN 1999 DRESS FOR SUCCESS OPENED ITS DOORS IN THE BASEMENT OF A CHURCH IN INDIANAPOLIS AND SO NOW WE ARE AT 820 NORTH MERIDIAN STREET AND CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HELPING WOMEN. AND WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO DO IS PROVIDE WOMEN WITH PROPER INTERVIEW AND WORK ATTIRE ALONG WITH ONGOING TRAINING TO HELP THEM GET JOBS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY GUIDE THEM THROUGH ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE. THE INDIANAPOLIS DFS IS JUST ONE OF MANY LOCATIONS. HOW MANY WOMEN ARE YOU SERVING LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY? WE ARE ONE OF 156 AFFILIATES AROUND THE WORLD AND IN 30 DIFFERENT COUNTIES. INDIANAPOLIS HAS SERVED 17,000 WOMEN SINCE WE OPENED OUT DOORS. TELL US ABOUT YOUR MAJOR PROGRAMS? THE PROGRAM PEOPLE MOST KNOW USE BY IS THE SUITS FOR SUCCESS PROGRAM. IT ALLOWS WOMEN TO COME INTO OUT BOUTIQUE AND WILL RECEIVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO LOOK PROFESSIONAL AND FEEL CONFIDENT. FROM THE PURSE TO THE SHOES TO THE BUSINESS SUITS TO THE BLOUSES TO THE PORTFOLIO AND THAT INTERVIEW IS FOLLOWED UP BY AN HR PROFESSIONAL OR A STAFF PERSON TO WORK WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PREPARED FOR THE INTERVIEW. AND WE ALSO HAVE OUR CREW DEVELOPMENT CENTER PROGRAM AND THAT PROVIDES ONGOING WORKSHOPS TO PREPARE WOMEN SO THAT THEY ARE READY FOR THE FIRST 60-90 DAYS PROBATIONARY PERIOD AND TO HELP THEM GET THE JOB. AND OUR LAST PROGRAM IS THE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S GROUP AND THEY MEET FOR NETWORKING. YOU HAVE YOUR ANNUAL STEPPING OUT IN STYLE EVENT COMING UP? TELL US ABOUT THE EVENT AND HOW DOES IT INVOLVE WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY? STEPPING OUT IN STYLE IS OUR ONLY FUNDRAISER. THE FUNDS THAT ARE RAISED AT THE EVENT ARE REALLY THE ONLY FUNDS FOR DRESS FOR SUCCESS. IT FEATURES A RECEPTIONS WITH A DIAMOND DIG AND A FASHION SHOW. WE WILL HAVE COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO WILL BE MODELING IN THE FASHION SHOW. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. *CAROLEN*) THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY. THIS WAS YOUR WEEKLY COMMUNITY LINK. TO SHARE THIS SEGMENT OR LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DRESS FOR SUCCESS, HEAD TO WISHTV.COM.




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