SFC uses professional attire and workforce development to assist clients seeking financial security. It works with 100 partner organizations to arrange suiting appointments with women (some 1700 annually) facing high barriers to personal and professional success. In a one-hour, confidence-building session with stylists, they receive two fashionable, work-appropriate outfits – available for women whose preferences reflect a spectrum of gender identities – along with interview preparation and job coaching that ensures they are ready for their big interview. Additional outfits are added when clients secure employment. A professional readiness program provides workshops and an individualized coaching program emerges out of clients’ interests and needs: trained volunteers draw on personal experiences, skills, and networks to foster positive woman-to-woman relationships. SFC’s welcoming environment offers a respite from the challenges of gender, race, size, physical ability, income, and language that exist outside its walls.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other
Population(s) Served: Women/Girls
Awards & Recognition
Noel Soderberg Evans - Hope is a Woman award, 2006
Spirit of Giving Guide, 2005
Top 20 Charities, Washingtonian magazine, 2003
- 25 Ways to Give Back: Help others, meet people, make the world a better place
Thu Aug 11 2011, The Washington Post
- Changing Face of Homelessness
Sun Dec 14 2008, Washington Times
The images of homelessness now include ... the family next door. These once middle class folks now have been tossed into desperation ...
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