The Black Hills chapter of worldwide nonprofit organization Dress For Success is helping area women find success in the workplace by supplying them with clothing and skills to ace job interviews. According to the Rapid City Journal, the chapter, located in the Rushmore Mall, launched in November.
Executive Director of the project, Sarah Baker, saw a need for this service in the community and is glad Dress For Success has been able to begin to meet that need. Women can qualify for Dress For Success’ services by getting a referral from a partner nonprofit agency and securing an interview.
Each client meets with a personal assistant who styles her and helps her develop interview skills. The chapter has already outfitted five women for interviews, three of whom were successful in their search. Once a client secures a job, she can return to the boutique to choose a week’s worth of outfits for her new position.
The first donation drive for the boutique was held last winter by the Rapid City Fire Department, and the organization has acquired even more apparel since then. Gently-used, often brand-name clothing is available through the service in all sizes and suiting positions in a variety of industries, including medical scrubs, business casual separates, and suits. If the boutique doesn’t a specific item a client needs, she can often find it at Clothes Mentor, a local partner of Dress For Success.
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