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CLOTHES THAT WORK

Professional Development Never Goes Out of Style

aka CTW   |   Dayton, OH   |  www.clothesthatwork.org

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Mission

Clothes That Work will clothe, educate, and empower individuals to prepare them for employment success.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Cindy Garner

Main address

The Job Center 1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd # 392

Dayton, OH 45417 USA

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EIN

31-1575093

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dayton, Ohio has the nation's third highest "functional unemployment" rate. Functionally unemployed is defined as the jobless plus those seeking but unable to find employment that pays above the poverty line. For more than 25 years, Clothes That Work has been a workforce development resource for the Dayton region, providing clothing and coaching as well as professional soft skills training to help under-resourced jobseekers achieve employment success.

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?

Clothing and Coaching Program

A great, professional outfit can set you apart from the crowd when you are applying for a job. Our Clothing and Coaching Program is designed to give job seekers the wardrobe they need to be successful in the interview and the advice they need to create a positive, lasting impression. A trained client coach will take you through the entire process, helping you select the best clothes for the job and offering guidance on ways to succeed in the interview.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

The Clothes That Work education program includes a series of classes and workshops designed to equip both job seekers and newly employed with the knowledge and skills that lead to personal growth and employment success. Our research-based curriculum was skillfully created by a team of area professionals who specialize in workforce development and education. Each workshop engages participants in fun hands-on activities and group discussions to build confidence and professional demeanor. Workshop topics include; making a positive first impression, proper professional attire, effective communication techniques, on the job conflict resolution, and how to build professional relationships.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

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.

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Clothing and Coaching Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In a non-pandemic year, Clothes That Work serves about 850 clients per year by providing interview clothing and coaching as well as additional workplace clothes to help the achieve employment success.

Number of students demonstrating responsible behaviors and work habits

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

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Age groups

Related Program

Workforce Education Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Workforce Education Initiative provides soft skill education to adults and teens thru custom designed curriculum. Demographics include unemployed/newly employed, ex-offenders and high school students.

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

Age groups, Work status and occupations, Social and economic status

Related Program

Clothing and Coaching Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CTW tracks this information thru the number of second appointments scheduled. While this number may be much higher than reported, we attribute this to clients being unable to return because of work.

Number of students enrolled

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

Age groups, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Workforce Education Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, CTW took its programs offsite and program growth was 109%. CTW had to pivot its education curriculum to virtual in 2020 and was still able to reach a large # of students.

Number of clients engaged in the criminal justice system in the last 12 months

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

Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Clothing and Coaching Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CTW serves clients in the re-entry program in both the clothing and coaching and education programs. Cohorts average between 12 and 15 clients per month.

Number of interview clothing consultations provided

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

Social and economic status, Work status and occupations, Age groups

Related Program

Clothing and Coaching Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All clients who come to Clothes That Work receive interview clothing and coaching. Those who achieve employment success can return to receive 3-4 workplace appropriate outfits for free.

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

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

Social and economic status, Work status and occupations, Age groups

Related Program

Clothing and Coaching Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clothes That Work receives more than 150,000 items of donated clothing a year. We distribute clothing to our clients and items we are unable to use are donated to St Vincent De Paul clients.

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

Charting impact

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

The mission of Clothes That Work is to clothe, educate, and empower individuals
to prepare them for employment success. Our goals are to:
IMPROVE
Our capacity to serve more people and operate efficiently
PROMOTE
To create and grow organizational awareness
DEVELOP
To increase revenue and resources
EXPAND
To reach clients and stakeholders beyond the Job Center

In 2023 we completed our five-year strategic plan by celebrating our 25th anniversary. We exceed our goal of serving 3000 people in 2024 by serving a total of 3174 individuals through our programs and services. This growth in the number of clients served is related to the strategic priorities and operational efficiencies put in place over the last three years to increase capacity. In 2023 we hired several new staff members which helped contribute to our growth and our ability to serve more individuals. We also increased our organizational awareness through the addition of a marketing director to our staff roster which has created a significant uptick in the organization's recognition, leveraging the 25th anniversary as an opportunity for coverage in local digital and print media throughout the region. An increase in our revenue streams, fundraising initiatives, and foundation support has allowed us to develop a plan for sustainable growth and future expansion. Through our new Mobile Outreach Initiative, we have been able to broaden our service are, grow new revenue opportunities, and serve clients where they are, while lessening transportation barriers to services that often prevent jobseekers from attaining employment success. Growing from a local organization to a regional organization allows us to expand services to new areas and clients while eliminating geographic and transportation barriers that job seekers often face.

Clothes That Work is proud to have accomplished all of the strategic initiatives and goals as called for in the most recent Strategic Plan except for the final initiative of broadening the reach of our offsite interaction with job seekers and program participants. In 2022 and 2023, we will be conducting a campaign to fund, construct and launch our Mobile Outreach Initiative where we will take our clothing and coaching programs as well as our workforce development resources beyond the confines of our bricks and mortar facility. Constructing a custom vehicle that will allow our organization to expand our service area regionally will reduce barriers to program access and allow our program impact to increase from a local client base to a regional client demographic. Eliminating the barriers of geography and transportation access that affect our client's ability to receive our services, will improve our ability to provide clothing, coaching, and soft skills education to more clients in the future.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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CLOTHES THAT WORK

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Holly Wiggins

Wiggins Consulting LLC

Term: 2022 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mark Mazer

Gantt Law

Term: 2022 - 2024

David Bowman

Ohlmann Group

Jessica Brauneck

Fifth Third Bank

Deborah Brenneman

Thompson Hine LLP

John Capobianco

Westminster Financial Companies, Inc.

Holly Wiggins

Wiggins Consulting LLC

Connor Dowd

Sebaly Shillito + Dyer

Mark Mazer

MS Consulting

LaPearl Logan Winfrey

Wright State University

Caresse Drake

First Financial Bank

Gloria Hurwitz

United Church Homes

Joanie Krein

Graduation Alliance

Chris Garrity

Merrill Lynch

Lamonte Hall, Jr.

City of Dayton

Mary Ann Kabel

AES Ohio

Caitlin Krebs

Local Initiatives Support Corp.

Lee Alder Truesdale

The Foodbank, Inc.

Roeneisha Wallace

Omega Community Development

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/20/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/20/2024

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

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.