Dress for Success has helped over 800 women and their families in the Coastal Bend in just the past four years by providing a support system.

Professional clothing and the right tools Dress for Success' mission is to empower women to become economically independent.

"I had always wanted to implement something for women I believe that it was really needed," executive director Cathy Colomo Riojas said. "Help disadvantaged women either going into the workforce or recently going into workforce providing proper tools attire everything she needs to be self-sufficient."

The organization goes beyond the suit with their programs and step by step guide to making a job searching process a lot easier.

"Working on resumes, how to dress, interview coaching and prep, plus we have HR professionals come and talk to the class really give them inside tips how to land that job," Riojas said. "And some people have transitioned maybe from fast food medical to clerical the job means you have to dress professionally; obviously they don't have money to be able to get work attire, that's where we step in ."

Like many others, Maria Elliot heard about Dress for Success from Workforce Solutions.

"Part of my success is given to them," Elliot said.

At the time Elliot had been a florist for many years, her goal was to transition into a clerical position.

"I want a job that is involved working in the office," Elliot said. "They helped me with my resume, put me in contact with people that I can go and apply."

With the support, Elliot received from the organization she now works as a hostess at a hotel.

"They give you the confidence you need to keep going," Elliot said. "So I think working with other women who take the time, it really makes a difference for them."

The organization will be kicking off their retention program next month.

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