By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Dress for Success has come to Oklahoma to champion the cause of disadvantaged women. On Friday, May 8, Dress for Success will launch its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its newly renovated boutique and career center at 710 N. Broadway Avenue in Automobile Alley in downtown Oklahoma City.
The ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. with a donor and volunteer reception to follow.
The mission of Dress for Success 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 flourish in work and in life.
Dress for Success OKC is an affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide and an independent 501(c) organization.
“The statistics in Oklahoma City are alarming,” said Alisa Trang Green, Board President. “We are not only ranked the highest in the country for the incarceration of women, but we are also ranked the highest in rape and stalking by a partner.
“Our clients in need are left with little to no resources and most of the time no support system. We hope Dress for Success can impact our community with women being able to be independent and provide for their children.”
While Dress for Success is best known for providing suits to women, the organization does much more.
“Dress for Success’ employment retention programs are the cornerstone of the organization,” Green said. “To meet the need for services that would help women both find and keep jobs, we established the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) program. It offers women ongoing support as they successfully transition into the workforce.”
Once a woman joins the PWG she is a member for life, able to attend meetings at any affiliate throughout the world. She can continue to benefit from additional employment retention and mentoring programs.
“Our organization provides much more than suits. Dress for Success Oklahoma City has programs in job retention, financial literacy, career development classes, and most importantly a network of support,” Green said. “We are thrilled to be in a community that is known for its generosity.”
Brynda Wheeler, Vice Chairman at Dress for Success said, “We are excited to be in Oklahoma City. Please come visit and keep us in your prayers as we work toward helping these women enter the workforce equipped to help themselves and their families.
“We provide the education and the support to empower these women to change the course of their lives and improve their quality of life,” Wheeler added.
“We welcome clothing donations and we thank you for those generous gifts. However, we also would be grateful to receive monetary donations as well. Aa a non-profit 501(c)3, tax exempt organization, any donation that you give us is completely tax deductible.”
Wheeler added, “We love any opportunity to share our mission with you or your group, be it a church or a civic organization or a school organization.”
Dress for Success will accept articles of clothing or suits that would be appropriate to wear to an interview.
Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 140 cities in 19 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.
To learn more about Dress for Success Oklahoma City, call 405-822-7988 or visit www.dressforsuccessokc.org.