On Wednesday, February 2, Working Wardrobes commemorated the two-year anniversary of the devastating, 4-alarm fire that destroyed our Career Success Center & Donation Center in Irvine on Kettering, and celebrated the rebuilding journey that has taken place since then. During the event, there was a presentation of Colors, performed by the Camp Pendleton Weapons and Field Training Battalion Color Guard, and the singing of our National Anthem by Cantor Natalie Young from Temple Beth El of South Orange County, the Samueli Center for Progressive Judaism. Director of the VetNet Program, Michael Barrett, on behalf of the 1st Marine Division Commanding General, presented the token of appreciation to Working Wardrobes.
The Working Wardrobes VetNet Program supports transitioning active-duty service members, Veterans, and their families with full wrap-around workforce readiness employment-based programs and services through our Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP) and Veteran Behavioral Health and Peer Support Services (VBHPSS) contract. The Working Wardrobes VetNet Program has served to transition active duty service members, Veterans, and their spouses since 2012. Of which, we have made a tremendous impact in support of Marines, Sailors, and families aboard Camp Pendleton for many years.
We recently hosted our annual one-day PowerUp for Success event in support of 100 transitioning Marines aboard Camp Pendleton. Services included military to civilian workforce transition workshops, a career panel, job fair and professional wardrobe services, where each attending Marine received a Success Suit. Here is an overview of last year’s event.
The Camp Pendleton Flag Presentation
During the two-year commemoration event, 1st Marine Division Commanding General presented Working Wardrobes with the flag that was flown over the 1st Marine Division Headquarters, Building 1133, Camp Pendleton, California in honor of Working Wardrobes. The flag was presented by Michael Barrett, 1stSgt USMC Retired, and Director of Working Wardrobes’ VetNet program with the following certificate:
This certifies that the accompanying American Flag was flown over the 1st Marine Division Headquarters, Building 1133, Camp Pendleton, California on January 24th, 2022 in honor of Working Wardrobes
In recognition of their provision of workforce readiness employment-based programs and services to transitioning Marines, Sailors, and their families, easing the challenges of the military to civilian transition and achieving successful employment placement after completing military service.
The flag was presented to honor the way that Working Wardrobes has provided workforce readiness employment-based programs and services to transitioning service members. This gesture served as a symbol of gratitude, as well as hope and resilience for the military families served by Working Wardrobes and the community at large.
Working Wardrobes is passionate about serving Veterans and their families! The team is honored to serve the community’s Veterans who have so generously served our country.
About Working Wardrobes
Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost workforce readiness nonprofit, providing the tools to at-risk men, women, young adults, and veterans 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®.