Nonprofit Providing Free Work Clothes Gets New Arlington Space – Action News Jax
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Suited 4 Success has been around since 2003 and now has a new space for Arlingtonians to land their dream job.
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Alex Sifakis, owner of JWB Properties, donated Suite 987, located at 921 N. University Boulevard, for $1 per month for the first year.
Inside you will find all kinds of business clothes and accessories, which are free for people fighting for a second chance. Many of those who seek his services are referred by outside agencies.
“We actually provide suits for men, suits and dresses for women, when they get out of prison, even for veterans coming back into the community,” said Shara Mondy, founder of Suits 4 Success. “We provide them with a set of clothes for free so that they can all have a job interview. We also help with resumes, and we also do mock interviews, and then we connect them with coaches once they get a job so they can keep a job,” she said. added.
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Suits 4 Success has partnered with Black Owned Businesses Jacksonville (BOBSJAX) to further its mission, which represents Black-owned businesses in Northeast Florida and South Georgia.
“We have over 11,000 members in our group,” said Shawana Boyer, who founded BOBSJAX in 2015.
“BOBSJAX has been a huge resource in letting the community know where we are at, number one, and also providing another avenue for us to get donors,” Mondy explained.
“You can see we have a nearly full closet now,” she said, pointing to the clothes racks packed around her. “And it’s thanks to the community, donors and small businesses.”
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Recently, BOBSJAX was recognized by GoFundMe for the difference it is making in the community. BOBSJAX is currently fundraising to build its website and help connect more people.
“Our community is sometimes overlooked,” Boyer said. “We provide the platform so that it is known what type of efforts [nonprofits and businesses] to bring.”
In Arlington, the efforts of Suits 4 Success are not only helping to transform the way people dress, but also how they feel.
“I’ve had young men come in, they kinda put their heads down, they don’t say much and they’re kinda, you know, kinda hesitant because they don’t really know how the combination going to unfold,” Mondy explained. “Once I start putting on the suit, put on the tie, put on the shirt, start tying the tie, they look in the mirror and they kinda stand up straight and they start talking and opening up .”
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Mondy says she is continually grateful for the support her nonprofit has received from groups like BOBSJAX.
“You pull together, help each other, connect and network so we can all be successful,” she said.
If you would like to donate clothing or find out how you can request to receive clothing or career services from Suits 4 Success, you can make an appointment by contacting online here: https://suited4success.com/