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Dress for Success helps women find and keep jobs

Dress for Success has helped 22,000 Vancouver women to date — many of whom have been recently divorced, suffered job loss or illness, or are new immigrants.

Serena Cripps was living in a shelter when the organization gave her a suit for an office job interview

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When Serena Cripps landed an interview for an office position she wanted, she was living in a shelter and didn't have anything appropriate she could wear for the job.

That's when she went to Dress for Success in Vancouver, the local branch of the international non-profit that provides women with professional attire and career mentorship.

"I was treated with dignity, and respect, regardless of what I looked like when I went in," said Cripps, who said the only clothes she had at the time were from a donation room.

"When you're living in a shelter at the time, they're not classy clothes that will get you in the door."

Cripps received mentorship over the course of 18 months, and went on to form her own nonprofit: the F.A.I.T.H. Wellness Society, which supports residents in transitional housing.

Jennifer Halinda of Dress for Success said they have helped 22,000 Vancouver women to date — many of whom have been recently divorced, suffered job loss or illness, or are new immigrants.

Her organization is seeking cash donations on Dec. 1, or "giving Tuesday", to continue their efforts.

In the video above Halinda tells Our Vancouver host Gloria Macarenko how Dress for Success makes a difference in the lives of women in Vancouver.

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