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  • Dress for Success Indianapolis Spring 2014 Newsletter

    We're gearing up for a great celebration! Dress for Success Indianapolis is celebrating 15 years of serving the women of Indianapolis! What began 15 years ago as a great idea and a few dedicated volunteers has blossomed into an organization that has now served over 10,500 women in Central Indiana as they re-enter the workforce. Dress for Success Indianapolis continues to grow and change in order to meet the needs of our women and community. We started out with a simple mission to provide suits and interview attire to low-income women. Through our early work, we realized there was more we could do to help women become economically self-sufficient. What started with suits has since blossomed into an entire spectrum of employment-based programs that help women achieve success in their careers, and their lives. When a woman walks tall with confidence in her new interview suit, we see that her life has changed. When a woman comes back to the Suits for Success program to get workforce wear for her new job, we see her life has changed again. When a woman in our

    In This Issue

    Celebrating 15 Years

    Donation Made in Honor of Harriet Ivey

    CAP Project Update

    Send One Suit - Week

    2014 Recap

    Special Thanks

    Details About Stepping Out In Style 2014

    Quick Links

    Visit Our Website

    Visit the Stepping Out In Style website

    Fill Out Our Volunteer


    Donation Days for Clothing

    Make a Financial


    Are You Social?

    Upcoming Events

  • Professional Women's Group shares with tears in her eyes that she is no longer homeless, or that she got a promotion at work, we see her life continue to change and evolve. When a woman comes to our Career Development Center to seek advice on her resume, or help looking for a better paying job, we know we are now truly able to support her efforts to thrive at work. Dress for Success Indianapolis Timeline of Success:

    1999 - Founded on May 26th, operating from the basement of the Church of Promise on the near Eastside of Indianapolis. 2000 - First full year of suiting women, 79 total women were served. 2001 - First ever fundraising event was held at The Children's Museum in Indianapolis and brought out 75 supporters. 2003 - The inaugural Stepping Out In Style event was held at the Marriott - boasting 300 supporters! 2002 - The organization moved to its first real 'home' at 850 N. Meridian Street. 2003 - Our first full-time Executive Director, Dana Harrison was hired. 2004 - Dress for Success Indianapolis created its first Strategic Planning Taskforce and its first Strategic Plan was implemented. 2006 - Dress for Success Indianapolis launched its second program, Professional Women's Group (PWG), a program to support working women newly-entering the workforce. The group of 6 women quickly dubbed themselves the 'Sisters in Success'. 2008 - Dress for Success Indianapolis moved into its new, and current, offices at 820 North Meridian Street. 2009 - Dress for Success Indianapolis hires its second (and current) full-time Executive Director, Barbara Ellsworth. Launched the third program - Career Development Center to help women secure new and better employment. Celebrated 10 years of serving the community of Indianapolis. 2010 - Made our Career Development Program Manager position full-time and started pre-employment training. 2012- Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Stepping Out In Style, netting a record-breaking $228,876 for the organization. 2014 - Dress for Success Indianapolis turns 15 years old!

    Every successful woman needs the education, encouragement and opportunity to have a fulfilling and impactful career. The work we have accomplished so far is meaningful, and we couldn't have done it without tremendous support. Thank you for all of your financial and clothing donations, volunteer hours and for believing in our mission!

    Dress for Success Indianapolis receives grant in honor of

    Harriet M. Ivey

    Volunteer Orientation

    June 18 - 9:30-11 am July 9 - 5:30-7pm

    Donation Days for Clothing at the

    Boutique May 31

    (10 am-noon) June 7

    (10 am-noon) June 21

    (10 am-noon) July 12

    (10 am-noon) July 26

    (10 am-noon)

  • A $25,000 grant to Dress for Success Indianapolis from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust honors the Trust's founding president and CEO Harriet Ivey who retired in January. The grant will establish a new endowment fund called "The Founders Society....Stepping into the Future." Since 1998, the Trust has provided Dress for Success Indianapolis with six grants totaling $315,000. The Trust also provided five other $25,000 grants in honor of Ms. Ivey. Other grants in Indianapolis went to Girls Inc., and the Indianapolis Children's Choir. In Phoenix, grants went to the Beatitudes Campus, Rosie's House and A Stepping Stone Foundation.

    PWG Community Action Project Focused on Cooking Skills

    Each year, Professional Women's Group (PWG) member's designate a delegate to go to the Dress for Success Worldwide 'Success Summit' where the delegate engages in a weekend of motivational sessions and leadership development training. They then return to Indianapolis and develop a Community Action Project. In 2013, our PWG delegate was Crystal. Crystal, in partnership with Chef Tony Hanslits of The Chef's Academy, developed a six-part cooking class focused on women returning to their families and our community from incarceration.

    Seven women learned about planning healthy meals, basic kitchen skills, shopping tips and cooking techniques. Friends and family members were invited to the last class to enjoy the final meal prepared by the graduates and to celebrate their success. Each woman, and Chef Hanslits, received an embroidered apron to use at home. Crystal and Chef Hanslits hope to continue the classes

  • with other women who are returning home from incarceration or who are in transitional housing. We couldn't be more proud of the impact Crystal has had on our community!

    Send One Suit - Week A Huge Success

    This April, Dress for Success Indianapolis, together with Harrison College and Classic Cleaners, asked our community to host suit drives at local businesses and organizations. These suit and blouse donations make up about 40% of our annual inventory and the drives also contribute substantial funding for the organization. This year, while the numbers of drives were down, we collected an amazing amount of fabulous suit and blouse donations! From April 21-25, 58 different drives were being hosted all around the city of Indianapolis. Nearly 25 volunteers joined our staff at Classic Cleaner's main plant to sort through and prepare the donations for the boutique. After only 3 hours, everything was ready for Two Men And A Truck to deliver to our downtown boutique. After a few more hours, our boutique was simply stuffed with amazing suits and blouses for our women. In all, over 10,000 units of clothing were collected, over $6,500 was raised and we are now ready for the summer hiring season. We are continually inspired by the generosity of our community and literally could not provide the services we do, without their help. Check out our Facebook page to see photos from the event. Thank you to those who held a drive, donated or volunteered! Premier Sponsored Drives: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Mu Omega Chapter Apex Benefits Group, Inc. Barnes & Thornburg LLP Citizens Energy Group CORE Planning Strategies Covance - Greenfield Covance - Indianapolis Harrison College Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Ladies Philoptochos Society at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church RCI Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Standard Drives: Aerotek Belle Chaise & The Indiana Design Center

  • Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Blackbaud, Inc. Carpenter Realtors City Financial Corporation Cohen & Malad Creative Converting Dress Homes DF Insurance Agency, Inc Executive Women in HealthCare Faegre Baker Daniels LLP Gexpro Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church Greystone Property Management Corporation Harden Jackson LLC Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County Ice Miller LLP Indiana Secretary of State's Office IDO Incorporated IndyCREW Indianapolis Mayor's Office Ingram Micro Mobility IUPUI Women's History Month Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana-Indianapolis JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. Kroger, Gardis & Regas, LLP MBG Financial Medtech College Medxcel netlogx Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, LLP Prime Car Wash Regions Bank Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Simon Property Group Somerset CPAs Taft The Jackson Group, An RR Donnelley Company Theater on the Square Town of McCordsville Walgreens WellPoint JW Marriott Indianapolis WRTV-6

    Special Thanks

    Suits for Success Supporters Thank you to Congregation Beth-El Zedeck for providing lunch for the Super Sort volunteers as well as all the volunteers who helped sort, prepare and organize all the S.O.S. - Week donations. Thanks to Kenra who donated 810 shampoo/conditioner sets. The Uniform House graciously donated 12 boxes of scrubs. Thanks to Linda Zimmerman who donated 25 sewing kits. Ambre Blends donated sample packets of their delicious scents for our women. A huge thank you to Fine Promotions for donating 100 padfolios and pens for our women to carry to their interviews! Thank you to Valerie Vessely who donated 55 pieces of Premier Designs Jewelry. A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped sort, prepare