Helping Hands Initiative: Dress for Success

Published: Jan. 16, 2019 at 10:23 AM CST
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Dress for Success Permian Basin is more than just clothes for the organization and its clients like Melanie Flores.

“I want to be better and I want to grow and I want to look as if I'm doing so -- so we got this,” Flores explained as she modeled one of her outfits.

The beaming smile on Flores’s face is a testament to the dark days she’s overcome.

“I'm going somewhere and I’m not going to be stuck,” Flores said. “I'm going to wear my clothes, and they just so happen to come from someone who was giving enough to give me theirs.”

Through donated clothes and career support, Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence, knowing that will have a ripple effect.

“If we focus on the woman and instill confidence in her, she can pass that on to her family and in turn into the community,” Emily Weinberg, the Executive Director of Dress for Success Permian Basin, said.

In 2019, Dress for Success Permian Basin hopes to serve 120 women.

All the clothes in the Dress for Success boutique are organized and styled by volunteers.

“There's the boutique operations area, where you can become an image consultant, meaning meeting with clients and putting together that outfit for them,” Weinberg said.

A few professional outfits coupled with accessories on the outside was all Flores needed to tap into her inner strength and courage.

“That's a very very proud moment to be in when you actually get to feel all of it and think -- dang, I'm not where I used to be -- I'm in my own clothes,” Flores said. “It feels good!”