Suited for Success expands County-wide service with new Mobile Career Center

Suited for Success expands County-wide service with new Mobile Career Center

Over the last 25 years, Suited for Success has empowered over 60,000 individuals in Miami-Dade County to economic independence and self-sufficiency through career development, training, professional image services, and a support network. The organization is expanding its reach county-wide with the launch of its Mobile Career Center, donated by Simply Healthcare.

The custom-fitted converted RV includes closet racks, shoes and accessories storage, fitting rooms, a computer bar, and seating and table space. This generous donation enables Suited for Success to bring its training, professional image, and resume assistance services to those in hard-to-reach areas of the county, such as Homestead, South Dade, West Kendall, Hialeah, and other areas.

“Transportation is often a barrier for those clients who are actively seeking to improve their lives and who could really benefit from our services,” says Sonia Jacobson, founder and executive director of Suited for Success. “The new Mobile Career Center helps us bridge that gap and enables us to bring our training, suiting, and Career Center services closer to them, making self-sufficiency even more accessible to more people.”

Suited for Success serves approximately 1,200 individuals each year from throughout Miami-Dade County. Founded in 1994 to provide interview suits for job-seeking women, the nonprofit quickly added on training programs, as well as services for men, at-risk youth, and most recently, military veterans and their family members.

“Simply Healthcare has a long-standing commitment to supporting our Medicaid consumers through partnerships that address key social barriers and improve the overall health of our consumers and the communities we support,” said Lourdes Rivas, Simply Healthcare Medicaid plan president. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with such a tremendous partner on this program and look forward to providing such a critical service that can improve long-term wellbeing.”

The Mobile Career Center was officially unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 27, at noon, at Suited for Success’s office in Miami-Dade County’s Culmer Community Action Center. Suited for Success founder Sonia Jacobson will be joined by Cristy Castaneda of Simply Healthcare, Senator Jason Pizzo, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a long-time supporter of the organization.

“Miami-Dade County is proud to welcome the Suited for Success Mobile Career Center to Culmer,” said Mayor Gimenez. “This amazing organization fulfills such an important role in the search for gainful employment and in helping individuals in our community move toward financial independence.”

“As we celebrate 25 years of service to Miami, we continue to assess and adapt our services to better serve those in our community,” adds Jacobson. “The Mobile Career Center is a big part of that.”

See the full album of photos on our Facebook page > 

Join us at Cirque du Success, our 25th anniversary extravaganza

Join us at Cirque du Success, our 25th anniversary extravaganza

Join us for the party of the year! We are celebrating our 25th anniversary October 5, 2019, at Jungle Island.

Enjoy cirque performers, food stations, open bar by Bacardi, casino-style games, a silent auction, a fabulous raffle, and a special performance by Yoli Mayor (America’s Got Talent). Dance and play the night away while raising funds to support our programs for women, men, youth, and veterans.

Details and tickets at cirquedusuccess.com.

Meet our staff: Ketsia Marcellus

Meet our staff: Ketsia Marcellus

Ketsia Marcellus joined Suited for Success in 2018 as Program Manager, and we couldn’t be luckier to have her on our team. In her role, she oversees our training programs, including our Employment Skills Training Workshops, Vets for Success, and other initiatives.

Q: What was it about Suited for Success that made you want to work there?
A: Suited for Success is in line with the two things that I am most passionate about: people and fashion. Suited for Success understands the value of making an impact on ordinary people’s lives. Having the opportunity to work for this remarkable organization brings a lot of fulfillment in making a real difference to everyday people that need the confidence and job training skills to succeed.

Q: What three words would you use to describe Suited for Success?
A: One of the things that I first noticed while working at Suited for Success was how inspiring, dedicated, and empathetic the culture within the organization is.There have been many instances where our clients express their gratitude for stimulating their self-confidence and preparedness to have a successful job interview.

Q: What is the best advice that you could give someone for success?
A: The best advice that I could give someone would be that all roads to success are not the same. Do not compare yourself to where anyone else is in life, no matter who they are.

Q: What is your proudest moment so far at Suited for Success?
A: My proudest moment happens everyday! When our clients come in, and I am able to witness their whole demeanor change when they put on a suit is unforgettable. They become so empowered it is like watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, instantly!

Q: How do you find balance between work and family?
A: I love what I do so I don’t really have to find a balance.

Q: Tell us something that might surprise us about you?
A: My undergraduate degree is in Chemistry and I am a former golfer.

Q: What inspires you?
A: My inspiration comes from knowing that I am making a positive impact on the lives of those around me.

Suited for Success Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Suited for Success Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Since 1994, Suited for Success and Dress for Success Miami, its women’s program, has helped over 60,000 clients turn their dreams into reality. Co-founder and Executive Director Sonia Jacobson began the organization to provide women with the right tools and suits to secure employment and get off welfare. The initial goal was to reduce dependence on welfare. Today, the mission has evolved, and the organization now helps approximately 1,200 women, men, veterans, and youth every year.

Suited for Success works to empower individuals to attain economic independence and self-sufficiency through training, career development, support, and professional image services. The organization’s programs and services give clients the knowledge and tools they need to succeed – to break the cycle of poverty, lower the unemployment rate, and enhance domestic stability.

The 25 Stories. 25 Years. campaign highlights 25 individuals that impact or have been impacted by the organization. Each one shares how Suited for Success has changed their lives.

To view the campaign and learn how you can donate and support the organization, visit http://www.25stories25years.com

 

Our 2018 in numbers

Our 2018 in numbers

A Bacardi “Night of Art + Fashion” officially kicked off Dress for Success Miami’s 25th Anniversary

A Bacardi “Night of Art + Fashion” officially kicked off Dress for Success Miami’s 25th Anniversary

On Saturday, October 6, The Bacardi Women in Leadership initiative hosted a “Bacardi Night of Art & Fashion” at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora. The evening served as the official kick-off celebration for the 25th anniversary of Dress for Success Miami.

Guests were the first to preview pieces from the “Celia Forever” exhibit. VIP guests further indulged their senses in a private cognac, whisky and cigar lounge hosted by Bacardi brands and attended an exclusive fashion show featuring a Rene by RR collection, from famed Cuban fashion designer and Miami International University of Art & Design alumnus, René Ruiz. The fashion show was produced by Charlene Parsons, director of the Fashion Department at Miami International University of Arts & Design.

After the runway show, guests then gathered on the museum’s rooftop terrace for live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats by Unique Designer’s Cake and witnessed a live mural painting come to life by Ecuadorian artist Alejandra Estefania.

Throughout the evening, the museum gave away tickets to the star-studded opening night of the new exhibit, along with museum passes and merchandise. Guests had the opportunity to bid on the silent auction and try their luck at a raffle.

The evening raised $14,000 for Dress for Success Miami. See the full photo album on Facebook >

 

 

Meet Our Staff: Destiny Reynolds

Meet Our Staff: Destiny Reynolds

Suited for Success’s Executive Assistant, Destiny Reynolds, started as a volunteer in our boutique. Her positivity and style went a long way in encouraging and preparing our clients to look their best for their interviews. She joined our staff in 2016, and manages our Career Center and referral agencies.

Q: Can you tell us about yourself?
A: My name is Destiny Reynolds. I enjoy giving back, traveling, and the creative arts. I am from central Ohio. I have a love for nature and family history. I have a BA in history and a minor in business.

Q: What was the transition from Ohio to Miami like?
A: It was a natural transition. Initially I was contracted to assist with art exhibitions during Art Miami and Art Basel.

Q: Can you tell us about your journey from volunteer to Executive Assistant?
A: The journey from volunteer to Executive Assistant has been a great experience. It allowed for a hands-on experience and a better understanding of our clients.

Q: What are some of your passions outside of the office?
A: My passions outside of the office are health and fitness plus creating for my small business.

Q: What have you learned from interacting with clients on a daily basis?
A: Interacting with our clients on a daily basis has taught me that most are appreciative of our services. They usually leave confident and empowered to get the job. It assures me that we are completing our mission.

Q: Can you talk about one moment at Suited for Success / Dress for Success Miami that uplifted or encouraged you?
A: A moment that uplifted me at Suited for Success / Dress for Success Miami happened recently. Not only did we help underprivileged students with interview suitings, but we were also able to help them with nice prom dresses and tuxedos. The students were not expecting so much and seemed overwhelmed with joy. It was a very rewarding moment.

Q: Can you tell us about managing the Career Center and how these services impact clients?
A: I manage the career center effectively by staying organized with both the volunteers and the clients. I follow-up with both parties both before and after their appointments. The clients are usually engaged with our volunteers and eager to learn how to modify a resume. They learn a lot from our volunteers’ expertise.

Q: What do you hope for your future with Dress for Success?
A: I hope to grow with the company in recruiting for the career center. Plus, produce more behind the scenes content for our social media channels.

Make 2018 THE year for job success

Make 2018 THE year for job success

Beginning this month, Suited for Success / Dress for Success Miami is launching monthly job readiness workshops for community members looking to jump-start their job search. The two-hour workshop will give participants an overview of job interview etiquette and tips, professional image, and resumes.

Workshop attendees will also learn more about the other services available through Suited for Success and Dress for Success Miami, such as the Career Center, professional attire for job interviews, and week-long training programs.

Our next workshop will be held on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Overtown Business Resource Center. Interested participants should be job-ready, actively seeking employment, and currently unemployed or underemployed. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Contact Tranell Harris at 305-444-1944 ext. 304 to register.

Born for Success: Our clients give back

Born for Success: Our clients give back

Our Dress for Success Miami Professional Women’s Group took on a Community Action Project this year to benefit single mothers.

Read more on the Dress for Success Miami website >

2017 Recap: Over 1,000 individuals served!

2017 Recap: Over 1,000 individuals served!

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