Help People in Critical Need in Southern California

What YOU Can Do to Change Critical Needs Issues Working Wardrobes recently developed an in-depth report highlighting the critical needs Southern Californians face in the wake of the pandemic. In addition to staggering unemployment rates, particularly among women, local residents face many other obstacles when it comes to living happy, healthy, productive lives here. Our latest series of blog posts delve deeper into just a few of these issues, including the lack of affordable and available child care and housing.  Be sure to read the articles below and learn more about how

Working Wardrobes – Orange County Housing Prices

Housing Affordability Risks and Concerns Post-COVID Thousands of Southern Californians got a little breathing room recently. The Center for Disease Control announced a “temporary” extension of the federal eviction moratorium.  The moratorium order expires on October 3rd and covers counties experiencing high transmission of COVID-19 cases.  The CDC’s move underscores the protections put in place by Governor Newsom and the California legislature shielding evictions through the end of September.  But a crisis still looms. Southern California continues to be one of the most expensive regions for home ownership. The cost of living

Working Wardrobes – Orange County Child Care Crisis

Orange County, California Childcare:  From Crisis to Catastrophe Please take a moment to consider the support systems in your life. Think about all the people who make every day just a little bit easier. The coworker in your department who brings you coffee. That family member who is always willing to watch your children. The amazing day care program where your kids are thriving. Most of us benefit from an infrastructure of support that is so finely woven together, we often take it for granted.  Should that web of support break down,

Jerri Rosen, Inside Working Wardrobes August 2021

A Message from Jerri Rosen Founder and CEO of Working Wardrobes  Hello and welcome to the August 2021 edition of Inside Working Wardrobes.  This very special issue of Inside Working Wardrobes honors our invaluable community partners and business leaders who have lent their generous support to help our clients achieve career success. In addition to highlighting many important partners in this month's newsletter, I had the chance to speak with a very valued colleague, Ashley Vlcan, who serves as Director of Client Services for Working Wardrobes.  Ashley explained to me the inspiration

Working Wardrobes 2021 Fundraising Gala

You're Invited to Celebrating Under the Stars, Presented by U.S. Bank Our annual fundraising gala is coming soon and we'd love for you to join us!  Mark your calendars for October 2, 2021, when we'll enjoy an evening of fabulous food, amazing auction items, and dinner and dancing under the stars at Turnip Rose Promenade and Gardens in Costa Mesa. We will gather to celebrate Working Wardrobes' remarkable 31-year history and honor Jerri Rosen's final fundraising event at the helm of our organization. Jerri will be retiring at the end of this year,

Working Wardrobes VetNet and Orange County Soccer Club

VetNet Scores with Orange County Soccer Club Partnership! We are excited to announce the kick-off of a new partnership between the Working Wardrobes VetNet Program, the Orange County Soccer Club (OCSC), and the Embassy of the State of Qatar to the United States! The partnership is part of the State of Qatar’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. military and its families. It launches a series of new programming led by the OCSC Foundation, with support from the Embassy, which is designed to celebrate and support active-duty military, veterans, and their families in

Working Wardrobes Donation Center Information

Johanna Hulme, Working Wardrobes Operations Manager We Love Our Clothing Donor Partners! Clothing donations are such an important part of the Working Wardrobes mission.  First and foremost, they provide our clients with the professional clothing they need to nail their interviews and look their very best on the job.  What's more, certain clothing and accessories items make their way to our stores throughout Orange County.  The sales of this fabulous merchandise generates revenue that directly funds the career development programs we provide! Johanna Hulme, Operations Manager at Working Wardrobes, helps oversee

Working Wardrobes Overcomes Fire and Pandemic

Working Wardrobes Overcomes a Fire and the Pandemic Helping people navigate through tough times is what Working Wardrobes does, but last year, we found ourselves in a similar situation as the people we serve, facing unprecedented challenges. In February 2020, a fire destroyed everything inside our 22,000-square-foot Irvine office, Donation Center and Career Center and caused us to relocate into temporary offices at Goodwill of Orange County in Santa Ana. The next month came the pandemic. We've managed through both sets of obstacles, with a focus on helping our clients through it

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