New Member Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes

Feb 24, 2015 No Comments by

The Alliance welcomes new member Working Wardrobes in Costa Mesa, California. CEO Jerri Rosen founded the organization in 1990 after organizing a “Day of Self Esteem” for 67 women living in domestic shelters. Twenty-five years later, Working Wardrobes offers a wide range of employment services that help 5,000 men, women, veterans and young adults in crises re-enter the workforce each year. They also operate resale clothing boutiques, outlets and thrift shops, which generate 45% of the income used to support their programs and services.

A distinctive feature of Working Wardrobes’ approach has been their effective engagement of volunteer human resource and other business professionals to participate in training, coaching and mentoring job seekers. Other corporate volunteers host clothing collection drives, help out in retail stores, and assist with workshop graduation and other celebration events.

Working Wardrobes’ interest in alternative staffing relates to their VetNet program, which is tailored to helping veterans overcome the unique challenges of transitioning into the civilian workforce. Last year, VetNet provided employment services to some 560 veterans, of which 70% were hired. Working Wardrobes is adding a staffing component to enhance these services, through the development of a new enterprise or with an enterprise partner.

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