The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Our vision is a world where women do not live in poverty; are treated with dignity and respect; and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.
We provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but we are about much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, our programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.
The proceeds raised will support Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie and the programs we run to support the employment and economic independence of local women. These programs include our Professional Clothing Assistance program, Breakfast Club, and Professional Women's Group.
"I would like to say thank you for this fantastic service you provide to women in Orillia and Barrie. I was fortunate to receive a referral to this service. I just started a new job and didn’t have the proper clothing (scrubs) that I needed for work. Because of personal struggles in my life, I really didn’t have much of anything in the way of clothing.
I was so happy to receive three brand new sets of scrubs. And because Jodie, the staff person at Dress for Success, had talked to the people at the agency I was dealing with, she understood my situation. In addition to receiving the scrubs she gave me a couple warm garments as well as a winter jacket. I was very grateful for the help.
Because of my struggles, I have often felt looked down upon by other organizations I have worked with. When I came to Dress for Success I had a great experience. I felt like I mattered. I cried a few tears because it’s been a long time since I felt so good about myself. Thank you."