Cincinnati Works and Dress for Success Cincinnati announce partnership

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Cincinnati Works and Dress for Success Cincinnati are excited to announce a partnership that will enable both organizations to empower more women as the organizations collaborate on best practices in job-readiness training and coaching.

Both organizations serve disadvantaged women who are unemployed or underemployed. Dress for Success Cincinnati became famous for its interview-appropriate Suiting Program and grew to include training for both women returning to or entering the workforce. Cincinnati Works trains and coaches those living in poverty in job search, job retention and advancement on the job. Together, this partnership strengthens both organizations’ continuum of services and benefits women who are looking to earn their way out of poverty.

“The two organizations have been partners in the fight against inequality for more than two decades, and they each bring something different to the table,” said Calista Hargrove, Vice President of Programs at Cincinnati Works. “By coming together, we ensure that our clients get the best service available while our organizations remain focused on what we each do best.”

“As Dress for Success Cincinnati celebrates its 20th Anniversary, we are pleased to join our strengths with those of Cincinnati Works in a partnership that shares a mission of empowerment, support and effective programs in a stable, safe and caring environment,” said Lisa Nolan, Executive Director of Dress for Success Cincinnati.

Dress for Success Cincinnati will bring aspects of the highly effective and award-winning Cincinnati Works model to their clients in the DfSC training and coaching programs. The partnership will also allow Dress for Success Cincinnati clients access to additional supplementary services, including financial coaching, a behavioral health counselor, a legal advocate, and other resources to help them manage the barriers they may face to finding and keeping employment. Meanwhile, Cincinnati Works Members (clients) will have access to the full suite of services at Dress for Success, including their signature Suiting Program and their Professional Women’s Group, which helps women who have gained employment advance in their careers. Both organizations will benefit from the network of volunteers at Dress for Success.

Dubonna Dawkins, who is currently a workforce coach at Cincinnati Works, will become Workforce Development Programs Manager at Dress for Success Cincinnati. Dawkins brings a wide range of skills and experiences to the role, including human resources management and consulting. “I was drawn to this position because I’ll have the opportunity to empower women,” Dawkins said. “I have worked with a lot of women over the years at various stages of their careers, and I have seen how important it is to address internal factors like self-esteem as well as external factors, and both Dress for Success and Cincinnati Works address these so well.”

About Cincinnati Works

Founded in 1996, Cincinnati Works has helped thousands of job seekers below the federal poverty line find employment and work toward economic self-sufficiency. The organization offers its Members lifetime access to employer partners while providing them with comprehensive support services, including one-on-one employment coaching, legal advocacy, counseling and guidance in financial literacy. It has generated an estimated economic impact of $35 million while reducing poverty-related problems including crime, poor health and a lack of education.

About Dress for Success Cincinnati

Dress for Success Cincinnati is one of the few programs in Greater Cincinnati focused specifically on the needs of unemployed and underemployed women and their families. Dress for Success Cincinnati became renowned for providing interview suits to women returning to or entering the workforce. Their mission has expanded to include a wide variety of workforce development programs, but the suiting program remains a crucial part of their work and a vital first-step in a woman’s journey toward self-sufficiency.

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