On December 10th, Dress for Success hosted their 2015 Annual Referral Agency Luncheon at their boutique in Des Moines. Anawim Housing refers women in our housing to Dress for Success - a program geared towards helping provide women with professional attire and support as they develop their careers. The luncheon provided a chance for area referral agencies to view the boutique, network and celebrate the successes of the past year while sharing in the vision of the upcoming.
Referral agency partners included: Bridges of Iowa, Anawim Housing, Central Iowa Shelter & Services, Central Iowa Works, Evelyn K. Davis Center For Working Families, Des Moines Municipal Housing Authority, Hope Ministries, L.U.N.A (Latinas Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer), and Hawthorn Hill - New Directions Shelter.
Dress for Success's mission is to 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. They offer several career resources including interview preparation and provide a "suiting", where a personal shopper will help women find a professional, confidence-inducing, well-tailored outfit that they can use for an interview. Once being hired for a job, Dress for Success will provide a full 2 weeks worth of clothing that can furnish their professional wardrobe through till their first paycheck. All clothes provided are donated at no cost to the women that receive these services from Dress for Success.
Please click here to learn more about this great organization and how you can become involved with Dress for Success.
To view photos from the luncheon, please visit Anawim's Facebook page!
Pictured are the referral agencies that attended the Dress for Success Luncheon