Women in need of clothes for a job interview or other workplace situations are invited to check out the Working Women’s Wardrobe at Project Self-Sufficiency. New and gently-used dresses, skirts, blouses, jackets, shoes and accessories are available. All items are free; patrons must be Project Self-Sufficiency participants.
The Working Women’s Wardrobe is curated by longtime Project Self-Sufficiency supporters Jay and Judy Dunn whose background in retail and design has given the collection the feeling of a boutique. Clothing is displayed on racks and rounders, according to style and size. Shoes and accessories line the walls. There is even a cozy dressing room for patrons to use to ensure a proper fit.
“We get lots of personal satisfaction out of our participation here,” explains Judy. “We’ve met a lot of clients as they come through the Working Women’s Wardrobe. We see the difference between where they are when they first come to Project Self-Sufficiency and six months later. Those same clients are completely different people.”
“It’s all about dignity,” adds Jay. “We believe that this is one of the best non-profit organizations in the area because it gives people a hand-up, not just a hand out. It gives women jobs, confidence and security for their children. It’s also one of the best distributors of capital funds, because most of their contributions go directly to their clients,” comments Jay.
“Project Self-Sufficiency has been extraordinarily blessed to be the recipient of the time and talent of both Jay and Judy Dunn,” comments Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “Their work here has literally transformed our agency.”
The Working Women’s Wardrobe is open by appointment during business hours, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 – 8:00 p.m., and Friday, 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. To schedule a visit, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500. For more information about Project Self-Sufficiency, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.