At the core of SFC is a simple concept: provide low-income women with professional attire so that they can seek employment. But clothes are only the beginning. Clients include domestic violence survivors, homeless and immigrant women, and former offenders. More than 100 social service agencies refer these women to SFC because, along with new clothes, they gain confidence, dignity, and self-esteem. During free, individualized suiting sessions, women receive one-on-one mentoring and two full professional outfits in advance of a scheduled interview. Once they land the job, clients return to round out a full week’s wardrobe. Suited for Success Workshops offer training in soft skills like communication, conflict management, teamwork, and more, helping women to improve their job readiness and retain employment. Women begin to see themselves as professionals, many for the first time. Let’s show them we believe in them too.
Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, SFC has forged partnerships with Goodwill of Greater Washington and N Street Village's Holistic Housing program to deliver services to women facing acute needs for continued support and positive connections. Workshops focused on interview skills, professional communication, and career and personal goal setting have moved online and the already existing distance learning services have proved to be vital as a means to connect with women facing isolation, economic uncertainty, and often challenging living situations.