Suited for success

October 5, 2011 2:42:21 PM PDT
Volunteers at Suited for Work, a program funded by UJA Federation, help men and women dress for success.

They receive the proper clothing necessary to go through the interview process.

It's free and brand new and like gold to those who couldn't otherwise afford to go shopping.

Suited for Work is located at F.E.G.S. offices in Lower Manhattan, helping thousands of people each year.

"It is the best example of where private philanthropy comes together in the public good to help people basically make a difference in their lives and ultimately prepare them for work," Ira Machowsky of F.E.G.S. said.

When designer Ramy Sharp started her collection about a year and a half ago, she knew Suited for Work was the perfect fit. Each season she gives the program pieces she hopes will affect people far beyond the job interview.

"I think they're happy to come into this room and go shopping. That's what they can do - come in here and choose whatever works for them," she said.

Volunteers dress about 100 clients each week in this office, but often times have to turn people away. The program relies on donations.

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