YWCA Dress for Success Programs aims to empower women for job readiness

One woman, one suit, one job can change the world!

Sponsored by YWCA Oahu

For more than 20 years, Dress For Success Honolulu has been outfitting women for jobs readiness, but it’s more than just a dress or a new outfit. These clothes empower women to succeed in all areas of their lives.

Dress for Success is a global not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 150 cities in 25 countries and has helped more than 1.2 million women work towards self-sufficiency.

For women going through the program, Bettelynn Smith, YWCA Oahu’s Dress for Success Program Coordinator, says it’s transformative.

“For them to know that people care and want to help them become successful is a huge boost to their feelings of worth and self-confidence,” she explains. “And when they look in the mirror and see themselves dressed in a new interview outfit, they see themselves as a professional woman. They often cry as they know they have come so far and are about to re-start their journey in a very positive way full of possibilities.”

Here in Honolulu, in 1999 The Clothes Closet launched and grew to become the highly successful economic advancement program, Dress for Success® Honolulu in 2003. Last year in 2019, Dress for Success® Honolulu served more than 300 women on Oahu.

The Dress for Success Program is currently accepting new clients, seeking unemployed females that meet the criteria for this free program. If anyone is interested, they can call the program at 695-2617 or email dfsh@ywcaoahu.org.

One woman, one suit, one job can change the world!

About YWCA Oahu:

YWCA Oahu is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA Oahu was founded in 1900 and is the largest and oldest women’s organization in the state of Hawaii. For more than 120 years, YWCA Oahu has been advocating to empower women and their families.

For more information: dressforsuccess.org, ywcaoahu.org, or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @ywcaoahu