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Unemployed women get "Suited for Change"

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For 20 years, Suited For Change, a local non-profit, has been helping unemployed women get back into the workforce with support, friendship and new clothes. Remarkably, they just outfitted their 20,000th client.

When Carmen Davis walked into the Suited for Change office she had just lost the job she had held for more than 20 years.

At Suited, she was able to find friends, comfort and a new business suit to help her get back on her feet and back into the workforce.

“It was an absolutely wonderful experience and it usually happens when not so wonderful things are happening to you,” Davis said.

“It was just such a comforting feeling to have someone take care of you in the middle of all these thing that are going on in your life,” she added.

Suited for Change is a non-profit that collects new and gently-worn women’s professional clothing to give out, free of charge, to women who have lost their jobs and need a little something new.

The organization is celebrating 20 years of existence, and Carmen just happens to be their 20,000th client.

“It’s a very proud moment and you kind of don't believe it because that’s a big number,” said Sharon Flynn, Executive Director for Suited for Change.

Flynn says the most special part of her work is women joining together to help other women by donating their time and clothing.

“Suits don’t guarantee you get a job, but they certainly give you the self-confidence so that you focus on what you need to say at an interview and not what you are wearing,” she said.

The next five years will be spend collecting more clothes and changing more lives – one suit at a time.

“It's the things like this that keep me going, keep my focused, and are the experiences that I will remember,” Davis said.

Suited for Change is a volunteer group, and is always accepting clothing and monetary donations for those in need of their services. For more information, visit http://www.suitedforchange.org/.

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