\In Orange County, Veterans continue to be among the most vulnerable populations. Veterans face job insecurity, financial distress, lack of reliable transportation, high gas and food prices, and difficulty receiving benefits to which they are entitled.

Without these heroes’ service to our country, we would not enjoy the freedoms we do. At Working Wardrobes, we believe that a paycheck is more than just money — it is the power and freedom to make decisions for your own life and be the person that you were meant to be. Therefore, when a Veteran has access to meaningful employment, we celebrate that they have access to the freedoms that they have granted each of us.

Working Wardrobes Programs for Veterans

Grants

We support transitioning active duty, reserve, guard, Veterans, and their families with a variety of workforce readiness services. We provide Veteran Behavioral Health and Peer Support Services (VBHPSS) programs. Working Wardrobes was also nationally recognized as the 2022 Vetty Award winner for our Veteran-focused employment programs. We accomplish our mission to bring employment to Veterans with strategic planning and passion.

PowerUp Event

Working Wardrobes provides in-kind services to transitioning service members at a command sponsored Power UP for Success event. The day consists of providing transitioning active duty members with the tools they will need to re-enter civilian life. We host a series of workshops, career panels, networking opportunities, and industry insights. Participants can take advantage of our wardrobing services and headshots, giving them a head start on their job search. Here is a recap of last year’s event.

Personal Career Navigator

Each transitioning active duty, reserve, guard, Veteran’s situation and skills are unique, so we provide job seekers with individualized career navigation. Career coaches can assist with resume building, networking, job matching, personality assessment, and critical needs evaluation. Every Veteran has broad ranging and transferable skills that make them highly desirable in the workforce — a career navigator can help job seekers market those skills.

Soft Skills Training, Job Training and Career Readiness

Soft skills training and career readiness ensure that job seekers never stop learning, even while searching for a job. We offer certifications in booming industries like Customer Service and IT. Veterans can also come to Working Wardrobes for training in soft skills, including interviewing, networking, adaptability, and presentation skills.

Job Placement and Job Club

Veterans and transitioning active duty, reserve, guard, Veterans and their families have access to Working Wardrobes’ vast network of businesses and organizations that are looking to hire. If the current Working Wardrobes network does not have the position they are looking for, their career coach can assist them in building their online presence, locating openings, and getting insider tips from employers.

Wardrobing Services

Once a Veteran finally lands that all-important interview, Working Wardrobes can provide job seekers with a Success Suit picked for them individually by a personal stylist that aids with wardrobing and styling. Veterans gain the confidence they need to take on an interview and land the job!

Read more about our military-focused programs when you visit our website, and join us for Stand and Salute on June 23rd — a 24 hour fundraising event that will directly support the Veteran Critical Needs Fund.

About Working Wardrobes

Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost workforce readiness nonprofit, providing the tools to job seeker so they can achieve the dignity of work. Founded in 1990 by Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes has been serving Southern California for over 30 years by providing assessments, job training, career placement, and wardrobe services to more than 115,000 clients to overcome barriers to employment and achieve The Power of a Paycheck. For more information, please visit www.workingwardrobes.org.