Your Town: Career Closet Helps You Dress for Success

By: Casey O'Halloran Email
By: Casey O'Halloran Email

Landing a job is tough, but finding a professional look to wear to the interview can be an even bigger challenge...especially when you're short on cash.
At Career Closet in Wisconsin Rapids, you don't have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks.

James Dewitt Jr. knows that when it comes to a new job, you need to dress for success.

"A job is one thing, but being able to dress appropriately for that job is another," he says.

But that's not always easy when you're on a budget. Luckily, Dewitt heard about Career Closet. This non-profit organization dresses low-income adults who are seeking jobs...all free of charge.

Pants, blazers, and blouses burst from the racks all thanks to generous community donations. Volunteers even help their clients accessorize with shoes, belts, socks, and purses, so you're all suited up for your big day.

But it's not just about the clothes, people who come here leave with a lot more than just a new outfit.

Dewitt says, "It's not welfare, it's not charity, it's a helping hand which we can all use sometimes in our lives.

Pat Raymond volunteers at Career Closet. She assured me that she is truly the lucky one. She says, "It is so rewarding. You help these folk. They walk out and there are tears streaming down their cheeks. First of all, think about what it takes to walk through our door and say I need."

Career Closet is open five days a week and they are always in need of clothing donations.

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