Dress For Success helps put local women back to work
By Beth Fisher. CREATED Jun 24, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Many of you have been on the hunt for a job for a long time and it can be discouraging. But there is a place in town helping women regain their confidence before they even walk in for their interview. Dress For Success makes Las Vegas a better place to live.
When you see the boutique at Dress For Success you'd have no idea these clothes weren't brand new. They've been donated by Valley women who want to help the next woman land a job.
Dress for Success Executive Director Paula Lawrence says, "So many of the clothes are amazing. Women come and donate clothes and say this is the suit I wore when I got my job. It's my lucky suit. And we would love for somebody to have that same experience."
Debbie Bradbury did. She remembers the day she stepped out of this dressing room to see herself in a suit. "I get emotional now because it was a beautiful experience."
With the same company for more than a decade, Debbie's layoff came as a shock. Her long stretch of unemployment a bigger shock. But the moment she found the right suit, she knew things were about to change. "I teared up. I teared up again. Because I thought I can ace this interview. I can ace it now. And when i did ace it, I called and expressed my thanks."
Paula Lawrence is the Executive Director of Dress for Success in Southern Nevada. She says Debbie's story is one she hears every day.
"Our program is completely free to women in the valley. Any woman looking for employment through an agency should come to Dress for Success."
Once these women land a job, they return to dress for success to pick out a week's worth of new clothes, shoes, & jewelry. They can use donations of nice professional clothing, donations of money, and donations of your time.
The boutique isn't open 5 days a week but it could be with more volunteers willing to help the clients.