Message from Cyndi Karapogosian, Working Wardrobes Board Chair

A Message from our New Board Chair  Hello and Happy New Year, everyone.  My name is Cyndi Karapogosian and I'm proud to say that I am the new Board Chair of Working Wardrobes for 2021-2022. When Jerri Rosen approached me about serving as Board Chair, I was absolutely thrilled to accept the position for a number of reasons. To begin, I have served as a Working Wardrobes Board Member for two years and witnessed the great work the organization is doing to help people overcome difficult challenges to find

Women Unemployment in Southern California

Women Unemployment, A New Orange County Epidemic As the COVID pandemic lingers on, people from all walks of life have been constrained by stay-at-home orders and shutdowns of all businesses deemed “non-essential.” The snowball effect of closures, including schools, childcare centers, and churches, have interrupted society's most basic and critical functions. Life has come to a screeching halt for many, leaving people everywhere feeling lost, lonely, and depressed. The at-risk unemployed clients Working Wardrobes serves here in Southern California – including men, women, young adults, and veterans – are even

30 Strong! Sports Event to Benefit Working Wardrobes

30 Strong! An Exciting Fundraising Event to Support Working Wardrobes By Christine Nassr, Event Manager As a professional working in the field of events, it’s easy to get caught up in the disappointment of having to alter or cancel plans, especially fundraising opportunities that benefit our clients.  Yet, moving to a virtual format has created exciting opportunities for us to engage with you, our supporters, in new ways.  Instead of focusing on “cancelling,” we choose to reframe this issue and consider it one more electrifying plot twist in a period

Inside Working Wardrobes January 2021

A Message from Jerri Rosen Founder and CEO, Working Wardrobes Happy New Year, everyone, and welcome to our first-ever Inside Working Wardrobes newsletter.  We're so excited to share it with you, and equally excited to introduce our roving reporters who will highlight what's going on behind the scenes at Working Wardrobes each month! Behind The Scenes A Welcome Message from Our New Board Chair My name is Cyndi Karapogosian and I'm thrilled to be the new Board Chair for Working Wardrobes.  Our mission has never been more

Three Reasons to Shop Resale in 2021

Three Reasons to Shop Resale in 2021 Remember when ‘thrifting’ carried a stigma? The good news is that these days, shopping resale has become savvy shopping for everyone from college students to the ultra-wealthy. Stores like Poshmark and the RealReal are making resale cool with shoppers of every personality, background and income bracket. These consumers want the latest fashions, while feeling good about the choices they are making. In fact, 82% of customers on the RealReal say sustainability is an important reason for shopping on the site. Here are

#GivingTuesday 2020

Never in our 30 years of serving clients in Orange County has the mission of Working Wardrobes been more relevant than it is today. With one in five Californians out of work, #Giving Tuesday 2020 becomes a huge opportunity for our community to help us provide essential workforce readiness and employment support services to thousands of unemployed people. COVID-19 is just one of the many challenges our clients face. So on #GivingTuesday, what we want more than anything is for you to consider selecting Working Wardrobes as your charity of choice. When you support

30 Years of 30 Milestones at Working Wardrobes

Thinking back on our many milestones at Working Wardrobes over the past 30 years! What fills our hearts is the many memories and people who have been so important to our work, we thank you and celebrate YOU and truly a Cause to Celebrate!  1. Over 105,000 clients have been served with wardrobing, career development and workforce readiness services at no cost to them.  2. Millions of pounds of clothing have been saved from landfills, giving these clothes a new life and our clients a second chance!  3. Since 1990, We have been honored

Partnership with Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s HUMV Program

We are honored to be partnering with Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s new Housing Unit for Military Veterans (HUMV) at the Theo Lacy jail facility. The HUMV program will help incarcerated veterans develop a career path and reduce their chances in returning to jail. Which is truly wonderful news our local veterans and the well-being of community!  As a community partner, Working Wardrobes will be providing career training and workforce readiness workshops for the HUMV program. This new facility opened on the 2nd of January this year and is equipped with 32 beds, multiple game tables, and 55-inch televisions. To honor all branches of the military the walls are

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