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…I pay my bills, but I don’t have the money for much else. I’m very appreciative of what I’ve gotten tonight and I feel good. WANDA CLEVELAND, Attire to Hire's 1,000th client
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Attire to Hire offers ‘interview-ready’ apparel Job seekers get free clothes By CAITLIN WAGENSEIL email@example.com ROSWELL, Ga. – Those who came out to the mini job fair at Roswell United Methodist Church on Monday, Oct. 28, know there’s only one chance to make a good first impression – which is why they took full advantage of the church’s job networking service called Attire to Hire. Launched in April 2011 by Donna Litton, the RUMC job networking service offers job seekers the chance to find professional, interview-ready attire free of price. The clothes are donated to the church and include women’s dresses, blouses, skirts and purses, along with men’s suits, ties, belts and dress shoes. “I felt it was a true need to have something like this, and it’s been so much fun so far,” Litton said. After serving 132 clients its first year, the service outfitted its 1,000th customer on Monday. Wanda Cleveland, the 1,000th client, said she was thankful for her new clothes. Cleveland, who had been working at McDonald’s, said she knew she could do better for herself, which was why she came out to the job fair. “I’m a good team player and a fast learner,” she said. “I pay my rent, I pay my bills, but I don’t have the money for much else. I’m very appreciative of what I’ve gotten tonight and I feel good.” Multiple women volunteer at Attire to Hire and have made it their mission to interact and help those in their job search. One of those volunteers, Julie Mizer, said it’s important to make the customers feel like they’re shopping in an actual boutique. “We give everyone a plastic shopping bag and give them time to look around,” Mizer said. “And we try to be sensitive to where they’re at in their job search. But it’s not just about picking out the right outfit – it’s also a motivational thing. When people feel good about themselves and are dressed appropriately, it absolutely shows in an interview.” Another volunteer, Lynn Schryer, said her favorite part about working with the service is finding the right outfit for someone and watching how excited they get. “Sometimes you can just see it in their eyes. They’re so happy to have an opportunity to look good and make a change in their life,” she said.
Glenn Butler felt ready to meet employers at the mini job fair after picking out a nice suit.
Attire to Hire’s proud 1,000th client, Wanda Cleveland.
A closet filled with purses, ties, shoes and belts.
Chaz Norfleet, a recent graduate from Georgia Southern University, said he was excited about his new attire. He said he came to the job fair looking for a way to start his career and that Attire to Hire volunteers helped him find the perfect suit for it. “I didn’t have the money to buy a brand new suit so I came here and everything linked up – it really
helps my confidence,” Norfleet added. RUMC job networking meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, and provides the tools necessary for job seekers in today’s marketplace. For more information on Attire to Hire or other services provided by Roswell United Methodist, at 814 Mimosa Blvd., visit www.rumc.com.
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Published on Nov 5, 2013