What We Do

Since personal appearance is one of the main factors in the hiring decision, it is unfortunate that many qualified women can’t afford appropriate clothing for a job interview. “Within the first ten seconds of meeting your interviewer, that person has decided whether or not you’re right for the job,” writes Frank Bernieri, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University. Amelia’s Closet partners with other nonprofits and government agencies that assist women by providing their clients with the necessary business attire and confidence. Whether the client is an ex-offender or a veteran transitioning to civilian life, Amelia’s Closet assists women in making a great first impression and in being a valuable employee.

 

OUR MISSION: Providing professional apparel & hope to deserving women as they open the employment door. It has been documented that gainful employment helps empower women that are otherwise vulnerable to POVERTY, HOMELESSNESS, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, and CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. We want to help women feel valued, confident, and hopeful as they soar to new heights.

THE NEED: To increase economic security and reduce financial vulnerability of women in our communities by helping improve their access to the workforce. The #1 reason for homelessness is economic distress due to unexpected financial setbacks, and 84% of homeless families are headed by a single mom.

OUR VISION: Amelia’s Closet is a faith-based 501(c)3 organization that will help reduce poverty in our communities and prepare women for sustainable employment and financial independence.

Next Step –  Going Mobile!

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WHAT WE DO:

1. Prepare women recovering from hardship for sustainable employment/volunteer positions by providing an interview outfit and interview tips upon referral from a partner agency. Upon being hired, we will provide returning clients with a week’s wardrobe and upcoming optional mentoring program.

2. Offer volunteer opportunities for the special needs population to feel valued and to learn life skills.

OUR GOALS:

1. Collaborate with charitable organizations that assist women with life improvement and/or job training/placement programs.

2. Link our generous communities with fulfilling a specific need that can easily be met one woman at a time.

3. Stop the poverty domino effect in low-income households that weaken the family unit and our communities.

 

Honored as a Harvey’s Hero in Chicago

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A definite highlight … Matthew West sang my game-changer song to me!

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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS:

“The professionalism of the ladies is above anything I have ever encountered.  They are beautiful Christian ladies with hearts of GOLD!”
– Diana
 
“I want to thank you all so much for everything. Not only did you help me by donating some awesome interview/work outfits, but you were also so kind. I had some amazing conversations during my visits there, and you all made me feel very welcomed. My favorite part of both my visits was when we held hands at the end and prayed together. I felt so connected, and it was amazing. Again, thank you all so much for everything y’all do. You’re an example of what doing for others means, and I am very grateful to have been inspired by you.”
– Emily