Dress for Success Rochester Inc., a non-profit organization designed to help disadvantaged women achieve economic independence, and move towards self-sufficiency, held its grand opening, at 47 State St. April 24, city officials stated.
An affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide, the organization officially opened earlier this month, and has already begun suiting job-ready women who have been referred through community agencies, educational institutions and other programs.
City of Rochester Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner Bayé Muhammad, City Councilmember Elaine Spaull, New York State Senator Joe Robach, and Katie LaShomb, of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s office, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with founder Alyssa Whitfield.
“Collaborating with other organizations is the key to the Dress for Success model,” Whitfield stated. “There are several area agencies already providing women with resources to conduct job searches. We will join forces with those agencies, and will address every phase of a woman’s career, from being unemployed and searching, to recently employed and adjusting, to gainfully employed and succeeding.”
“As Mayor Lovely Warren works to create safer streets, more jobs, and better educational opportunities for our children, she understands that many families in our city are challenged, and face barriers when it comes to economic self-sufficiency,” Muhammad added. “The city is thankful that Alyssa Whitfield, and Dress for Success, are opening in Rochester. This will open opportunities for potentially thousands of women in our community.”
Whitfield said Dress for Success is currently seeking both donors and volunteers. The organization is seeking monetary contributions, donations of spring clothing and accessories, event hosts, personal shopper/career consultants, mentors, and more. Interested individuals and businesses can call (585) 678-1041, or visit www.rochester.dressforsuccess.org, for additional information.