Friday, December 21, 2012

Free Interview Clothing For Job Seekers


Job Seeker Question: I have been unemployed for over two years and I do not have interviewing clothing many times I do not apply for jobs because I am embarrassed about the way I look. I can't afford to buy a new suit or shoes and I am worried no one will hire me wearing jeans.

Answer Form: CJ Eason, Community Outreach Director


Don’t be embarrassed I understand that during a difficult economy it can be hard to obtain interview appropriate clothing. Remain positive in your job search I am sure you will find employment soon. Across American millions of job seekers struggle with the question of what to wear to a job fair or interview often times you think that dress for success means wearing a designer suit or expensive shoes. No!!! Dress for success means to avoid wearing jeans or gym shoes instead business casual clothing such as slacks, khaki pants, button-up shirt, tie and simple shoes.


As a recruiter I understand that many job seekers don’t have perfect clothing it is superficial to judge candidates by their exterior appearance but image is important in hiring, therefore always try to look your best. Recruiters would prefer that candidate hide any visible tattoos, piercings and avoid unusual hair colors. I often receive questions from job seekers asking “where” they  can receive “FREE” interview clothing and advice on “HOW” to dress during an interview.


Here is a list of organizations in the United States that offer clothing assistance for job seekers.

Alabama
Birmingham
The Jimmie Hale Mission, Inc. (205) 323-5878 www.jimmiehalemission.com
Huntsville
Downtown Rescue Mission (256) 536-2441 x324 www.downtownrescuemission.org
Mobile
SuccessAbility – My Sister’s Closet (251) 423-2001 www.oursisterscloset.org
Montgomery
Family Guidance Center of Alabama www.familyguidancecenter.org


Alaska
Anchorage
Chanlyut, Inc. (907) 793-3458 www.chanlyut.com


Arizona
Phoenix
Fresh Start Community Services, Inc. (623) 206-6825 www.fresh-start.org
Tucson
Old Pueblo Community Services (520) 445-7080 www.oldpueblocommunityservices.org


Arkansas
Fayetteville
Seven Hills Homeless Center (479) 619-6385 www.sevenhillscenter.org
Little Rock
Our House, Inc. (501) 374-7383 www.ourhouseshelter.org


California
Bakersfield
Turning Point of Central California-Bakersfield (661) 325-5774
Chico
Esplanade House www.esplanadehousechico.com
Fresno
Comprehensive Addiction Programs Inc. (559) 264-5096 www.caprehab.org
Los Angeles
Working Wardrobes (714) 210-2460 www.workingwardrobes.org
Oakland
Wardrobe for Opportunity (510) 207-8466 www.wardrobe.org
Oceanside
Alpha Project (619) 542-1877 www.alphaproject.org
Redding
Good News Rescue Mission (530) 242-5920 x30 www.gnrm.org
Sacramento
Volunteers of America Greater Sacramento & Northern Nevada (916) 442-3691 www.voa-sac.org
Stockton
Helping Other People Expand (H.O.P.E.)(209) 565-5729 www.HOPEsjc.org
San Diego
Second Chance Strive (619) 234-8888 x115 www.secondchanceprogram.org
San Luis Obispo
Shoreline Workforce Development Services www.shorelineworks.org
Visalia
Turning Point of Central California – Visalia Reentry (559) 732-5550


Colorado
Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Ecumenical Ministries (719) 228-6782 www.ecusocmin.org
Denver
Westside Family Networks (303) 629-5958 www.familytofamilydenver.org
Fort Collins
Vineyard Resource Center (970) 484-5999 ext. 206 www.vineyardotr.org
Grand Junction
Center for Independence (970) 241-0315 www.cfigj.org


Connecticut
Danbury
Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury (203) 798-2855 www.hispaniccenterofdanbury.org
Hartford
Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc. (860) 527-0147 www.ulgh.org
Milford
Career Resources Inc. (203) 530-5035 www.careerresources.org
New London
Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of New London County (860) 447-1731 www.oicnic.org
Stamford
ARI of Connecticut, Inc. (203) 324-9258 x3023


Delaware
Wilmington
The Elizabeth House (302) 384-8884 www.theelizabethhouse.org
Delaware
Joseph Project (302) 981-2031


Florida
Daytona Beach
STAR Center (386) 252-9400 x11 www.thestarfamilycenter.org
Ft. Lauderdale
Positive Images Enterprise, Inc. (954) 484-1824 www.positiveimagesflorida.com
Ft. Myers
The Salvation Army (239) 278-1551 www.salvationarmyfortmyers.com
Gainesville
Reichert House Youth Academy (352) 334-2321 www.reicherthouse.org
Jacksonville
Bridges of America (407) 926-8134 www.bridgesofamerica.com
Suited for Success (904) 695-1006 www.suited4success.com
Miami
Greater Miami Service Corps (305) 638-4672 www.gmscmiami.com
Orlando
Bridges of America (407) 926-8134 www.bridgesofamerica.com
Pensacola
Workforce Escarosa (850) 607-8700 x169 www.escarosa.org
Tallahassee
WORKFORCE Plus (850) 414-6085 x4602 www.wfplus.org
Tampa
Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. www.cdcoftampa.org


Georgia
Atlanta
Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (404) 874-8001 x2 www.atlcss.org
Corporate Code (404) 798-0429 www.corporatecodeatl.org
Augusta
Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. (706) 724-8588 www.csraeoa.org
Griffin
Compassionate Services (770) 227-7847 www.compassionatesvc.com
Savannah
Old Savannah City Mission (912) 232-1979 www.oscm.org


Hawaii
Honolulu
Helping Hands Hawaii (808) 440-3881www.helpinghandshawaii.org


Idaho
Boise
Boise Rescue Mission (208) 343-2389 www.boiserescuemission.org


Illinois
Chicago
Cara Program (312) 798-3302 www.thecaraprogram.org
Safer Foundation (312) 431-8498 www.saferfoundation.org
The Inner Voice, Inc. (312) 226-2730 www.innervoicechicago.org
Peoria
Tri-County Urban League (309) 673-7474 www.tcpul.com
Rockford
Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry (815)319-6629 www.rockfordjailministry.com
Springfield
Springfield Urban League, Inc. (217) 789-0830 x119 www.springfieldul.org


Indiana
Evansville
Vanderburgh County Community Corrections (812) 421-6312 www.vanderburghsheriff.com/CommunityCorrections/Work_release.htm
Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne Rescue Ministries (260) 426-7357 www.rescueministries.us
Indianapolis
EmployIndy (317) 684-7611 www.employindy.org
Lafayette
Area IV Agency (765) 447-7683 www.areaivagency.org
Mishawaka
Hope Ministries (574) 235-4150 www.hopesb.org


Iowa
Cedar Rapids
Iowa Workforce Development – Cedar Rapids (515) 242-5027 www.iowaworkforce.org
Davenport
Iowa Workforce Development – Davenport (515) 242-5027 www.iowaworkforce.org
Sioux City
Iowa Workforce Development – Sioux City (515) 242-5027 www.iowaworkforce.org
West Des Moines
Iowa Workforce Development – West Des Moines (515) 242-5027 www.iowaworkforce.org


Kansas
Topeka
IBSA, Inc. (913) 240-6247 www.ibsa-inc.org
Wichita
H.O.P.E., Inc. (316) 618-8652


Kentucky
Lexington
Dismas Charities Lexington (859) 231-8448 www.dismascharities.org
Louisville
Center for Accessible Living – First Impressions (502) 589-6620 x109 www.calky.org


Louisiana
Alexandria
Refined By Fire Ministries, Inc. /LA Dept Public Safety-Corrections (225) 219-0499 www.doc.louisiana.gov
Baton Rouge
Refined By Fire Ministries, Inc. /LA Dept Public Safety-Corrections (225) 219-0499 www.doc.louisiana.gov
Covington
Refined By Fire Ministries, Inc. /LA Dept Public Safety-Corrections (225) 219-0499 www.doc.louisiana.gov
Lafayette
Refined By Fire Ministries, Inc. /LA Dept Public Safety-Corrections (225) 219-0499 www.doc.louisiana.gov
Lake Charles
Refined By Fire Ministries, Inc. /LA Dept Public Safety-Corrections (225) 219-0499 www.doc.louisiana.gov
Monroe
Refined By Fire Ministries, Inc. /LA Dept Public Safety-Corrections (225) 219-0499 www.doc.louisiana.gov
New Orleans
Refined By Fire Ministries, Inc. /LA Dept Public Safety-Corrections (225) 219-0499 www.doc.louisiana.gov
Shreveport
Refined By Fire Ministries, Inc. /LA Dept Public Safety-Corrections (225) 219-0499 www.doc.louisiana.gov


Maine
Portland
Creative Work Systems (207) 879-1140 www.creativeworksystems.com


Maryland
Baltimore
Center for Urban Families (CFUF) (410) 367-5691 www.cfuf.org


Massachusetts
Boston
St. Francis House (617) 457-1016 www.stfrancishouse.org
Tailored For Success, Inc. (781) 324-0499 www.tailoredforsuccess.org


Michigan
Detroit
Jackets for Jobs – Michigan WORKS! (313) 519-9160 www.jacketsforjobs.org

Covenant House Michigan (313) 463-2014
Dress For Success  http://www.dressforsuccess.org/affiliate.aspx?sisid=41&pageid=1

The Shirt Box's N.S.O. Gentleman's Clothing Closet    
Neighborhood Service Organization
32500 Northwestern Highway
Farmington Hills MI   Phone: 248-851-677   Website: www.theshirtbox.com
Men looking to get back on track can shop free for business attire.  The Shirt box has donated more than 1,600 dress shirts, 1,000 sport jackets and suits, 1,000 ties, hundreds of belts and hundreds of  pairs of shoes.   Call for current hours. 

CAREER CLOSET        JUST ADDED 10/29/2012
Fort Street Presbyterian Church
631 W. Fort Street
Detroit  MI
Phone:  313-961-4533
Provides professional clothing and other job services for women entering the workforce.  Participants
need  referral from a job training program.

Joe's Closet                    JUST ADDED  11/23/2012
Neighborhood Service Organization
220 Bagley Ave.  Suite 1200
Detroit MI  48226
Phone:  313-961-4890
Website:  www.nso-mi.org
NSO created and maintains Joe’s Closet, a shop that provides FREE clothing and accessories
to men in need, who are often seeking business attire for job interviews, or recently employed
but unable to afford the proper attire.

Chrysalis Boutique
15100 Northline Road--Room 2outhgate MI  48195
Phone:  734-362-7048  Linda Celez      
TTY:  1-800-649-3777
Provides gently used clothing for women & men in need who are going into the workforce. 
Free for those enrolled in the WorkFirst program and a small charge for those who are not.

Betty's Closet
Riverview Hospital in Detroit
Phone:  313-499-4844
Open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan
510 Maple Road
Ann Arbor MI
Phone:  734-973-6779
Monday thru Friday by appointment
Serves men as well as women and you do NOT have to be a Washtenaw County resident.
NO referral letter is needed.

CareerDress
Lighthouse of Oakland County
46156 Woodward
Pontiac  MI 
Phone:  248-920-6100  ext. 2237
By appointment---Nonprofit provides services to low-income families in addition to clothing,
closed-toed shoes, handbags and jewelry for women going into the work force.
 
Second Hand Rose
158 S. Main
Mount Clemens MI
Phone:  586-468-3083
Operated by Turning Point, a Macon County-based organization dedicated to survivors of domestic 
violence and sexual assault.  Clients receive vouchers to shop in the store.  Usually also has home
goods,toys, books, etc.  The shop is open to the public and all proceeds support  Turning Point services. 


Career Corner
Rochester Area Neighborhood House Inc.  (RANH)
1234 Inglewood
Rochester MI  48307
AND
44 Mill Street        (Career Corner Clothes Closet)
Rochester MI  48308-011
Phone:  248-656-0230
Website:  www.ranh.org
Certain documentation is required--please call for more information.  Serves Oakland County within these boundaries:  Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Leonard, and Auburn Hills (east of I-75). 

Monroe Community Opportunity Program (M.C.O.P.)       
1140 S. Telegraph Road  
Monroe MI  48161
Phone: 734-241-2775
A new "Clothes Workshop Program" for clients who are in the MCOP Bridges Out Of Poverty Program, or who attend a Michigan Works! Workshop, or who have a signed referral form from a caseworker employed at at Monroe County social service agency.  See website for further details. 

Flint
Flint STRIVE (801) 232-5661 www.flintstrive.com
Grand Rapids
Jubilee Jobs (616) 774-9944 www.jubileejobsgr.org
Lansing
Capitol Area Community Services (517) 482-1504 www.cacsheadstart.org

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Minnesota
Minneapolis
Employment Action Center Minnesota (612) 752-8822 www.eac-mn.org
HIRED (651) 999-5655 www.hired.org
Rochester
Workforce Development Inc. (507) 292-5159 www.mnwfc.org


Mississippi
Hattiesburg
True Light Missionary Baptist Church (601) 606-1504


Missouri
Kansas City
Connections to Success (816) 645-7609 www.connectionstosuccess.org
Reconciliation Services – FOCUS KC and ReEngage, Inc. (816) 718-4668 www.focusna.org
Florissant
Manasseh Ministry (314) 732-7340
St. Louis
Worldwide Inventory Network www.winwarehouse.org


Montana
Billings
District 7 Human Resources Development Council (406) 247-4730 www.hrdc7.org


Nebraska
Lincoln
Encouragement Unlimited, Inc. (402) 802-1807 www.encouragement.webs.com


Nevada
Las Vegas
HELP of Southern Nevada (702) 697-3851 www.helpsonv.org
Reno
HSI Washoe Ability Resource Center (775) 333-9272 www.warcnv.com


New Hampshire
Manchester
Orchard Christian fellowship – Makeover Ministry www.orchardnh.org
Nashua
New England Center for Homeless Veterans (617) 908-7827 www.nechv.org


New Jersey
Eatontown
Center for Vocational Rehabilitation (732) 544-1800 www.cvrus.org
Tom's River
Center for Vocational Rehabilitation (732) 544-1800 www.cvrus.org
Lawrenceville
HomeFront (609) 98909417 x111 www.homefrontnj.org
Newark
Newark Comprehensive Center for Fathers (973) 732-0713 www.newarknow.org
Pennsauken
Image and Attitudes (609) 506-2854


New Mexico
Albuquerque
Metropolitan Homelessness Project (505) 344-2323 www.abqaoc.org


New York
Albany
Catholic Charities Housing Office (518) 434-3531 www.cchoalbany.org
Binghamton
Community Options, Inc. (607) 771-7906 www.comop.org
Bronx
The Osborne Association (718) 637-6560 www.osborneny.org
Buffalo
Peaceprints Prison Ministries (716) 856-6131 www.PeaceprintsPM.org
Hempstead
Education & Assistance Corporation, Inc. (516) 483-0336 www.eacinc.org
New York
STRIVE/ East Harlem Employment Service (646) 335-0833 www.strivenewyork.org
FEGS Health and Human Services System (212) 366-8274 www.fegs.org
Poughkeepsie
Dutchess County Community Action Partnership (845) 452-5104 www.dutchesscap.org
Rochester
Volunteers of America Western New York (585) 647-1150 www.voawny.org
Syracuse
Center for Community Alternatives (315) 422-5638 www.communityalternatives.org
Utica
Rescue Mission Alliance of Utica (315) 735-1645 x115 www.uticamission.org
White Plains
Grace Church Community Center (914) 949-3098 x135 www.gracecommunitycenter.org


North Carolina
Asheville
Oxford Houses of North Carolina (919) 966-3921 www.oxfordhousenc.org
Durham
Oxford Houses of North Carolina (919) 966-3921 www.oxfordhousenc.org
Greensboro
Oxford Houses of North Carolina (919) 966-3921 www.oxfordhousenc.org
Matthews
ADEPT (704) 537-9135 www.adeptcarolina.org
Wilmington
Oxford Houses of North Carolina (919) 966-3921 www.oxfordhousenc.org


North Dakota
Bismarck
Community Action Program Region VII, Inc. www.cap7.com
Fargo
Lutheran Social Services (701) 271-3253 www.lssnd.org


Ohio
Akron
Akron Urban League (234) 542-4142 www.akronurbanleague.org
Cincinnati
Urban League of Greater Cincinnati (513) 487-6532 www.gcul.org
Cleveland
Towards Employment (216) 696-5750 www.towardsemployment.org
Columbus
Volunteers of America Greater Ohio (614) 351-1881 www.voago.org
Dayton
Clothes that Work (937) 222-3778 x140 www.clothesthatwork.org
Mansfield
Harmony House (419) 522-2283 www.harmonyhouseservices.org
Toledo
Volunteers of America Northwest Ohio (419) 248-3733 www.voanwo.org
Youngstown
Flying High Inc. Professional Development Center (330) 797-3995 www.flyinghighinc.org


Oklahoma
Oklahoma City
The Education Employment Ministry (405) 550-7190 www.teem.org
Tulsa
John 3:16 Mission (918) 592-1186 www.john316mission.org


Oregon
Eugene
McKenzie Personnel Systems (541) 344-0549 www.mckenziepersonnel.com
Portland
Youth Employment Institute (503) 280-1058 www.yei.org
Salem
Job Growers Incorporated (503) 581-4120 www.workforce-solutions.net


Pennsylvania
Erie
St. Martin Center – PA WORKWEAR www.stmartincenter.org
Lancaster
Lancaster County Council of Churches – PA WORKWEAR (717) 291-2261 x222 www.lccouncilofchurches.org
Philadelphia
Metropolitan Career Center STRIVE (215) 843-6615 www.metropolitancareercenter.org
Wardrobe for Adolescents and Youth (215) 717-4045
Ready, Willing & Able (215) 732-3781 x20 www.rwaphiladelphia.org
National Comprehensive Center for Fathers (215) 717-4045
Pittsburgh
Capacity Developers Inc. (313) 550-4742 www.capcitydevelopers.org
Wilkes Barre
United Rehabilitation Services (570) 829-3681 www.ursweb.org


Rhode Island
Providence
Urban League of Rhode Island (401) 351-5000 x130 www.ulri.org


South Carolina
Charleston
SC STRONG (843) 554-5179 www.southcarolinastrong.org
Columbia
South Carolina Center for Fathers & Families (803) 227-8800 www.scfathersandfamilies.com
Greenville
Upstate Fatherhood Coalition (864) 625-5095 www.upstatefather.org


South Dakota
Sioux Falls
Volunteers of America, Dakotas (605) 275-2872 x334 www.voa-dakotas.org


Tennessee
Chattanooga
Chattanooga Urban League www.ulchatt.net
Jackson
Madison Haywood Development Services (731) 984-6430 www.mhds.org
Knoxville
Volunteer Ministry Center (865) 524-3926 www.vmcknox.org
Memphis
Lifeline to Success (901) 729-6537 www.lifeline2success.org
Nashville
Project Return, Inc. (615) 327-9654 x16


Texas
Amarillo
Faith City Ministries (806) 373-6402 www.faithcity.org
Austin
Austin State Supported Living Center (512) 374-6160 www.ausslcfriends.org
Bryan
Unity Partners d.b.a. Project Unity (979) 595-2900 www.project-unity.org
Corpus Christi
Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi (361) 884-0651 www.catholiccharities-cc.org
Dallas
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas (214) 457-7267 www.wfsdallas.com
El Paso
International AIDS Empowerment (915) 590-2118 www.internationalaids.org
Houston
Career Gear Houston (832) 606-2932 www.careergearhouston.org
Lubbock
Guadalupe Economic Services www.gesclubbock.org
Mc Allen
First Impressions and More, Inc.(956)683-8877
Midland
Midland New Direction Ministry (432) 686-9140 www.newdirectionministry.com
San Antonio
Crosspoint, Inc. (210) 225-0864 x22 www.crosspointinc.us
Tyler
West Erwin Church of Christ (903) 592-0809 www.westerwin.org
Waco
Just As I Am Ministries, Inc. (254) 666-4051 www.just-as-i-am-ministries.org


Utah
Salt Lake City
Catholic Community Services (801) 363-7710 www.ccsutah.org


Vermont
Johnson
TEEN Challenge New England (802) 635-7807


Virginia
Arlington
Offender Aid and Restoration (703) 228-0071 www.oaronline.com
Norfolk
The Up Center (757) 623-1119 www.vsventures.org
Richmond
Goodwill Industries (804) 521-4957 www.goodwillvirginia.org
Roanoke
Family Service of Roanoke Valley (540) 563-5316 www.fsrv.org


Washington
Kennewick
Goodwill Industries of Columbia, Inc. (509) 735-7238 www.goodwillotc.org
Seattle
Post-Prison Education Program (206) 524-3333 www.postprisonedu.org
Spokane
The Artisans (509) 325-4489
Tacoma
United Way of Pierce County (253) 272-4263 www.uwpc.org


West Virginia
Charleston
KISRA Fatherhood Program (304) 768-8924 www.kisrafatherhood.org


Wisconsin
Green Bay
The Salvation Army Men’s Closet (920) 496-2117 www.greenbayrotary.com/html/service/closet.php
Madison
East Madison Community Center (608) 249-0861 www.eastmadisoncc.org
Milwaukee
Bottomless Closet, A Program of the Milwaukee Women’s Center
Racine
Racine Vocational Ministry (262) 633-8660 www.rvmracine.org


Wyoming
Cheyenne
N.E.E.D.S, Inc. (307) 632-4132 www.needsinc.org

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