On January 29th, Fedcap Inc. and community partner 100 Suits for 100 Men hosted a Pop-Up Job Boutique at the Gertz Building in Queens, NY. Twenty men and women received interview coaching, were fitted for business suits, provided with new dress shoes and received tips on how to present as professional job seekers. Some participants received grooming services and grocery vouchers and all were interviewed for job opportunities with multiple companies including Amazon and delivery and construction companies.
The event was an empowering experience for participants, helping them gain confidence and present as professionals for job interviews. 100 Suits for 100 Men was founded in 2011 by Kevin Livingston to provide men and women who are seeking employment with free business attire.
The Bronx WeCARE program also held Pop-Up events in January and February. A total of 88 men and women participated in three separate events at which professional clothing and shoes donated by WeCARE staff and community partner Rainbow were distributed. WeCARE staff transformed a workshop room into a retail shop showcasing business attire in various styles and sizes for job seekers to choose from. WeCARE staff were onsite assisting job seekers with selecting the right pieces and made sure they fit correctly.
Rainbow is a national retailer and Bridge Cleaners is a community fixture that has been in existence for over 30 years and was happy to give back by cleaning the gently worn suits that were donated.
Fedcap Inc.’s WeCARE and Case Management Support Program participants face multiple obstacles to employment including medical and mental health barriers. Their primary focus is to assist participants with reaching their maximum level of self-sufficiency by providing supportive services, job search and work readiness training, self-directed training, and successful job placement and retention to individuals.
“This is another example of the wonderful services provided by the Fedcap Inc. Bronx WeCARE team, and our community partners. We are working to ensure all our job seekers receive the resources needed to become self-sufficient and financially independent members of society,” said Audrey Rogers-Stewart, Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Services