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Donations and volunteers at Poised For Success® help women seeking employment find work apparel.

     Poised For Success® is dedicated to helping women who are on assistance, including veterans having served our country and transitioning to the civilian workforce, domestic violence survivors, and single moms. This nonprofit agency provides, at no charge, quality interview and work-attire clothing to women striving to obtain employment. What the women share is a desire to be self-sufficient and financially independent through employment. The services go beyond the clothing, giving them an enormous boost of self-confidence and self-worth that empowers them to take on the challenges that await them.

     The agency, having provided services since 1998, relies on community contributions and a strong base of volunteers to deliver its unique and personalized service. Located in Lombard, PFS works one-on-one with clients to help select outfits, from head to toe, for job interviews and serves over 200 women yearly.

     Clients are referred by social service agencies for visits by appointment, says Gail Foster, Executive Director. "There is an amazing transformation that takes place when we find the right clothes for the right person.”

     Among area companies supporting the organization is Oak Brook's Leaders Bank. Bank Executive Vice President Kathy Hardy has been volunteering for over 12 years. "It's really moving to hear the women share the successes they've achieved through our services," Hardy says.

     Clothing donations are accepted on the second Saturday of every month, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. For more information, visit poisedforsuccess.org. 



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