‘Dress for Work’ out to help women

Duane Hicks

Are you a woman who is getting back into the workforce but maybe needs a helping hand? Or do you know someone who is?
The newly-launched “Dress for Work” program is here to help.
The new non-profit program, started by local entrepreneur Jennifer Horton, will provide women in Rainy River District with outfits to go to job interviews and to get back into the workforce.
“We’re accepting clients,” Horton told the Times.
“If you know of any women that are going through a hard time or are starting over, have them stop by,” she urged.
The program has been in the works since early this year, when Horton first put out a call for donations of women’s clothing to provide clients with an outfitting service in which they get outfits for no cost.
Horton also has received grant/loan funding through SENO (Social Enterprise for Northern Ontario), a program offered by the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprises.
The funds have allowed her to purchase racks and class supplies, and do a few upgrades.
“We’ve collected so many donations,” Horton enthused. “The community has been extremely supportive with the donations and we have everything set up downstairs at Curvy Chick [256 Scott St.] and ready to go.
“We’re now just working on getting the word out so that we can start helping clients, and doing a few workshops to help with how to dress for your job interview, how to apply makeup, and how to do a résumé and cover letter,” Horton added.
“I want to be able to help women.”
Women who are interested can e-mail Horton at dressforworkff@hotmail.com or stop by Curvy Chick.
If they’re already connected with the Shelter of Hope, NCDS, or Community Living Fort Frances and District, they also can be referred from those agencies.
“We are always looking for volunteers and we are still accepting donations,” mentioned Horton, adding those interested can e-mail her or drop by the store.
Horton explained the program is for women who may be unemployed or underemployed, or left a domestic situation and are starting over and they need some help to get back into the workforce.
“We offer personal outfitting using donated clothing,” she remarked.
“If they’ve got a job interview or if they’ve started a job or are job-searching, we can help them look their best so they can get back out there.
“It’s a free program,” Horton added. “They will be able to purchase additional clothing for a very nominal fee, as well as deep discounts at Curvy Chick.
Horton has put a lot of work into getting “Dress for Work” going and is looking forward to lending others a hand.
“I just want to give back and be able to help other women,” she reasoned.