DRESS FOR SUCCESS PALM BEACHES INC

Going Places. Going Strong.

aka Dress for Success Palm Beaches   |   Palm Springs, FL   |  http://palmbeaches.dressforsuccess.org

Mission

To empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Our vision is a world where women do not live in poverty, are treated with dignity and respect and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are unique because we not only serve the women of Palm Beach County, we directly serve the nonprofit agencies of Palm Beach County, as well. We work by appointment only, and all of our clients must be referred to us by another Palm Beach County agency that has registered with us as a referral agency. These agencies must provide us with their 501c3 documentation, and are then visited by our volunteers who explain to their caseworkers what constitutes an appropriate Dress for Success referral client. We ask that they only send us women who are truly ready, willing, able and anxious to work, or who are underemployed and wish to advance. Her life, the lives of her children (65% of our clients are single moms with sole support) and therefore, the communities in which we all live are improved when she is gainfully employed--and preferably, above minimum wages.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 145 cities in 21 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 925,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Mrs. Mary Hart

Main address

2459 South Congress Avenue Suite 204

Palm Springs, FL 33406 USA

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EIN

27-0579164

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The poverty rate for women in Florida is 15%. It is said that when you lift a woman out of poverty, you lift her whole family. Additionally, the community saves approximately $30,000 for every family that becomes economically independent. Our aim is to get ever closer to our vision: a world where women do not live in poverty, are treated with dignity and respect and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Suiting Program

We work with approved referral agencies in our community who send job-ready women to our Career Transformation Center. Referral agencies include domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters, treatment centers, veterans programs, and job-training programs.

Women who come to us for an Interview Suiting enjoy an hour of "shopping" at our boutique with a trained volunteer - their Personal Shopper.

The woman will leave with:
• a professional business suit and shoes
• professional accessories including a handbag
• makeup and toiletries
• interviewing tips and a note of encouragement

If she successfully lands the job, the client can then return to the center for an Employment Suiting, where she can get up to a week’s worth of business-appropriate attire. This helps the woman get back on her feet and prevents her from having to spend all of her first paycheck on clothing for her new job.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

A job-readiness program for women over 25: Learn about themselves, how to find the right job. A 3-hour class that meets once a week over a span of 10 weeks. Includes a personality assessment (the DISC Profile) and the dissemination of that self-knowledge so it can be applied to all of the topics over the rest of the course. Local HR managers who make up a Career Panel--answering questions about what they look for in applicants and what type of positions they most often need to fill. Includes a suiting for a professional outfit (head to toe)at Dress for Success Palm Beaches. This outfit is worn the last two classes while mock interviews take place.

Our ladies learn which jobs would be most appropriate for them, what they have to offer, how to articulate that information. In addition to the typical topics such as; resumes., cover letters, social networking, appearance, workplace etiquette and interview skills. We have at least one mentor (local professional women) per every 3--4 students. They assist during the class, and are available for support via phone/email (and sometimes a cup of coffee someplace!) during, and after, the course.

This is often the first opportunity many of these women have had to interact with peers, and form a network of friendship and support.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Unemployed people

10 week, 3 hours/week job-readiness program geared for young women ages 18-25, many of whom are aging out of the foster-care system or considered to be at-risk students. We partner with Palm Beach State College and hold this class on their Lake Worth Campus.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

WAGE, WoOmen Achieving Growth in Employment, is designed for working women who wish to enhance the opportunity for growth in their profession. Comprised of four sessions, meeting once per month. Women who attend this program will experience four interactive sessions where they will learn about:
Managing their career and setting goals
Understanding their rights in the workplace
Learning how to effectively manage relationships at work
Taking control of their finances
Discovering the leader within

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program participants who obtain a job within 3 months of program completion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adults

Related Program

New Directions

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For 2016, 62% of the women who completed New Directions gained employment. For 2017, 75% of the women who completed New Directions gained employment. For 2018, 78% became employed.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to reach as many women as possible who need our services in Palm Beach and the surrounding Counties, and there are hundreds - if not thousands - more who could benefit from the Dress for Success programs.
We aim to empower women because by doing so, we empower families and strengthen our community. Our program promotes job retention among a vulnerable subset of the population.

In order to achieve this mission, we developed a truly comprehensive program that positions us to make an impact at every step along the client's journey. From the interview suiting and preparation stage all the way through securing employment (when she comes back for a weeks' worth of clothes) and continued education/career workshop in addition to networking and volunteering opportunities. With two suiting programs (Interview and Suiting) and two professional development programs (New Directions and Next Step), this strategy allows us to potentially be a long-term source of support, for every woman who walks through our doors. Our newest program, WAGE (Women Achieving growth in Employment) focuses on job retention and growth for women who have completed one of our other programs and are now employed.

With a hands-on Board of Directors and dozens of dedicated volunteers, Dress for Success Palm Beaches has a solid volunteer workforce. We currently work with over 70 local nonprofit and social service agencies on a regular basis and are hoping to increase that number every year as we have for the past three.

As an organization founded and operated one-hundred percent by these volunteers for our first four years, and through donations of foundations, individuals and corporations, the Board of Directors are responsible for raising the funds needed to pay for overhead in order to keep the doors open. Right now, the biggest challenge we face is always raising funds to cover overhead, as many donors insist their money is used only for programs. However, our Suiting Program is inextricably linked with our overhead costs. If we cannot keep the doors open, lights on, and the staff of 2 (paid staff = proficiency and productivity!) and internet paid, then we cannot exist.

We were founded and run for the first four years on a 100% volunteer basis, which speaks volumes about the passion and level of commitment of all involved. We opened our doors in 2010, and served 79 women and raised $30,500. We were able to help over 500 local women in 2018. We have served over 5,000 women since opening our doors in 2010.

In addition, in 2011 we added a job-readiness program sponsored by Walmart. When that funding ended in 2014, we designed and self-funded our own program, "New Directions," until The Jim Moran Foundation stepped in 2015 with a grant. We are delighted by the fact that over 200 women have completed this course, with an amazing 52%--71% either prior to, or within 60 days of course completion.

Based on the success of our New Directions program, and seeing a need for something similar directed towards a younger age group, we designed "Next Step" for women ages 18--24. We received grant funding for the first two years, and are currently seeking funding in tandem with Vita Nova (a well-established PBC organization that houses and educates young adults who are aging out of the foster care system) in order to expand this to help young men, as well. Vita Nova will teach the young men, and we will teach the young women. This course is held on the campus of Palm Beach State College, which also provides great exposure to the campus. We have almost the exact same rates of success with this age group, which we think is phenomenal.

We are also in talks with the Provost of PBSC, Lake Worth campus to develop and deliver a leadership, career advancement program for their female employees.

The cornerstone upon which Dress for Success was founded will always be the career-appropriate attire and network of support. However, we believe the education / job-readiness courses that have evolved from a very apparent necessity are now an intrinsic and vital part of who we are and what we do. When women come to us for clothing, it is the perfect venue in which we can assess their need for one of our programs.

We are delighted with the progress we've made thus far, and look forward to continually expanding our reach and serving more women every year.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve women in Palm Beach County who are unemployed or under-employed. Most of the women we serve are women of color, most are single moms, and most utilize some form of public assistance.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the pandemic, respondents indicated that they needed programming to help with stress management and mental health more so than job preparedness programming, so we offered a series of such programs (virtually). We also heard that our 10-week job readiness programs were a bit too long, so we reduced them to 8 weeks.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS PALM BEACHES INC

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pamela Rada

Tenet Health

Term: 2020 -

Bernadette O'Grady

WPTV News Channel 5

Susan August

BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Felicia Matula

Pinnacle Hotel Management

Shaundelyn Emerson

Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County

Fran Etienne

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Lori Everett

Leslie Godoff

Caressa Gonzalez

Manhattan Trophy

Nicole Janok

Faith Meyer

Esther Perman

Bridjette Shelfo

Pulte Group

Karen Valez

Public Defenders Office of Broward County

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.