Empowering Individuals to Economic Independence and Self-Sufficiency

Despite the limitations imposed by the Covid 19 Pandemic throughout the year of 2021, we have been able to provide an innovative and responsive program to many of our community members as they sought to reenter the workforce.  During the course of the year we assisted 458 individuals with training and suiting opportunities both virtual and in person.

In response to COVID-19 we rapidly inaugurated a new program, the Virtual Career Center. This project built upon on our 25 years of experience and brought our programs into the virtual arena.

Our training programs were modified into a series of virtual workshops, including curriculum adjustments to fit the medium and addressed new topics, such as video interviews and work-at-home best practices. Available to all regardless of agency referral, we provided 32 workshops to 293 individuals.  We also made our one-on-one Career Center resume consultation service available both virtually and in person, and created new opportunities for career coaching, mock interviews, and mentorship.

With our staff and volunteers we were able to open our headquarters on a limited basis and provided 252 professional attire suitings and 9 Career Center visits.

The Virtual Career Center project included improvements and design updates to our existing website to improve website security and usability. The Virtual Career Center has provided training, resources, and support to individuals who are seeking new employment, are currently under-employed, or are newly employed. Our target population has been able to access these programs and continue working toward employment and self-sufficiency without having to leave the safety of their home.

As always, more than 82% of our revenue comes from government, foundation, corporation and individual financial contributions. While the in-kind clothing donations are important to our work, the financial input of our generous donors makes our program possible and is vital to our success. We are pleased that we have been able to maintain our record of low administrative costs while over 80% of our expenses are accrued in the delivery of our programs and services.

As we start 2022 we look forward launching a newly designed post-employment job retention program, Continued Success, to restarting the Mobile Career Center program, allowing us to bring our services to more remote areas of the county, and to the relaunch of our Volunteer program.