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Women's Group Gets Grant

A Fort Wayne women's program is getting a financial boost. The Dress for Success program, which is part of the Fort Wayne Women's Bureau, provides business clothing and training for women looking to enter the workforce. Thursday they are getting a grant that will fund the program for the rest of the year.
A Fort Wayne women's program is getting a financial boost.

The Dress for Success program, which is part of the Fort Wayne Women's Bureau, provides business clothing and training for women looking to enter the workforce.

Thursday they are getting a grant that will fund the program for the rest of the year.

The program is still in its first year here in Fort Wayne.

But thanks to contributions like the one they're receiving Thursday, it's helping the program substantially grow, and help many more women in the area.

"What a lot of people may not know are the suits and clothes that we have all come from donations. We have people lined up every week to give us donations of suits and work clothes and things like that,” says Women’s Bureau Executive Director Kathleen Alter.

All these professional clothes were donated and help women find work.

Dress for Success helps women in need with professional clothing, make up and accessories and coaching for job interviews.

"They get in touch with us by having a job interview, and then contacting their agency. So whatever organization they're with- it can be a college organization, a church organization,” says Dress for Success Program Director Trina Evans.

It started this past May, and has helped nineteen women so far.

Tomorrow, the Wal-Mart foundation is giving dress for success a check for $55,000 as part of its Wal-Mart Global Women's Economic Development Initiative.

"On the local level, and nationally, Wal-Mart has taken the position that the dress for success, on a national basis and locally as in Fort Wayne Dress for Success, is a great way to meet that objective,” says David Shank of Shank Public Relations Counselors.

Officials with dress for success say their goal was to raise that much money for the year.

And now, they get it all- in one day.

"It has helped us in our timeline. We've gotten a lot farther a lot quicker than we would have without them,” Alter says.

Now if you want to find out how to help with the dress for success program-

Or maybe you need some help getting clothes- and some of that help in getting a job-

You can find them at- 


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