What’s Working: Helping Women Dress for Success

In tonight’s What’s Working, a local non-profit agency is helping women who are getting back into the workforce. It’s called, Our Sisters’ Closet. The organization has been helping women in Mobile for the past eighteen years. It was founded by Terri Kearns. She says, “You have heard the saying, ‘the suit makes the man?’ The same goes for a woman. When we get dressed and our hair looks good…when we look good, we feel good.” Kearns says the organization offers a business suit (and accessories) to women who are interviewing for a job. Once the woman lands the job, the organization often assists in a work wardrobe as well. In addition, they offer help with resumes, job interviewing skills, and even help with how to search for a job.

News 5 features Army Staff Sargent Makela Crayton, who has recently left active duty, and is looking for a job in private industry. Crayton says she has worn Army fatigues for so long, that she doesn’t have a clue what to wear on a regular job. Kearns helped her pick out a perfect black suit for her upcoming interviews. Crayton says calls Our Sisters’ Closet a “blessing.”

Our Sisters’ Closet is always looking for donations of professional clothing. If you have any that you can donate, you can drop them off at St. Mary’s Church,  Sisters of Mercy Building. Look for the Rear Lattice Porch at 1352 Old Shell Road. This is behind the church, but attached to it. They also accept clothing in West Mobile at Custom Closets located on Summit Court, one block south of Cottage Hill and Schillinger Roads. All donations need to be on hangers. They are also accepting shoes, purses, and jewelry.

For more information on Our Sister’s Closet, call (251) 423-2001 or click here.

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