“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly in the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.”-Unknown.
I believe this is true, because sometimes bad things do happen, and for me that was finding myself unemployed and on welfare. But what I did not know was that I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I must admit; I was nervous the first time I entered the office of Suits For Success, a Non-Profit organization whose mission is to, “promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.” The truth is, during my visit to Suits For Success I did not know what to expect, but expectations aside I knew from reading about the organization’s mission statement that their goal was to help me on my journey to becoming my best self. My experience was by far beyond anything I could have ever expected and imagined. I was treated with dignity, respect, and as a result, I left that day feeling hopeful and determined to be successful.
Today as a volunteer for Suits For Success, I learned that they are much more than their name. SFS is a lifeline for women (and men) like myself who are experiencing hard times. They provide a safe and nourishing milieu to regain your footing in society. The best part is, SFS is staffed with caring, dedicated, and knowledgeable personnel whose dedication stems from shared personal life experiences. Experiences that makes the love of servicing those in need as natural as breathing.
As a volunteer and a participant, I can honestly say that SFS is doing its part to improve our community which is desperately needed to break the cycle of poverty. There are many things that make SFS unique, but if I had to choose one it would be how forward thinking it is. By that I mean, who knew that the simple act of giving a woman a suit could be so powerful and life altering.
Everyday I look forward to being a part of an organization that is changing lives by teaching people how to regain their economic freedom through education, and a network of support.