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The mission of Dress for Success Hampton Roads is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire (the Suiting program), a network of support (the PWG - Professional Women’s Group) and the career development tools (the Career Center and the 2011GPN- Going Places Network presented by Walmart) to help women thrive in work and in life. Our newest workforce initiative is the 2014 CDRI- Career Development and Retention Initiative which is funded by the Walmart Foundation- State Grant Program. Our programs are designed to move the unemployed and underemployed women that we serve onto the road of economic independence. Since 2011 through the GPN presented by Walmart, this specially-designed program helps the participants gain professional skills, accelerate their job searches and build confidence through weekly training sessions, one-on-one career coaching and networking in a supportive environment. The range of services and work support now include access to childcare, enhanced labor market research and the partnerships with job referral agencies to better match GPN clients with employers looking to fill positions. Since the launch of our combined workforce development programs, Dress for Success Hampton Roads has had the opportunity to chip away at the unemployment rate plaguing our Hampton Roads community. Dress for Success Hampton Roads has served 400 participants (women) with an employment rate of 55% - 220 women obtained jobs by the end of 2015. Dress for Success Hampton Roads is a 501 © (3) not-for-profit organization. The work that we do is supported by tax-deductible contributions made by individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations for the sustainability of our operations, our programs and our services. We ask that you take a moment to review our sponsorship and volunteer opportunities to see how you can help us to continue to enhance our programs and services, in helping change the lives of the women that we serve so that they can continue to make change in our communities!

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