About Wardrobe for Opportunity
Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) works in partnership with the community to assist low-income individuals in their efforts to “Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career.”
Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) is a successful and growing nonprofit organization that empowers low-income individuals from across the Bay Area with acquiring interview skills, professional clothing and the career support they need to become economically self-sufficient.
Founded in 1995 to address often overlooked, yet critical barriers to finding and retaining employment, WFO has served nearly 20,000 low-income individuals referred from over 150 partner social service and job-training agencies across the Bay Area. Our clients face significant barriers including poverty, drug abuse, disabilities, racism, recent incarceration, and homelessness; 80% are single parents, 73% receive government assistance, and 85% of our clients are minorities. WFO's programs consistently help our clients overcome challenges to accomplish their goals and achieve success.
Wardrobe for Opportunity will be the recognized leader in empowering low-income women and men to achieve economic viability.
WFO is committed four strategies:
Expand client reach throughout the Greater Bay Area
- Continually engage constituents through multiple channels of communication
Diversify funding sources to ensure stability and growth
- Create a culture that attracts and retains staff and volunteers that are passionate about WFO.
2011 Program Results
- Served 1,985 low-income jobseekers in our Find a Job programs. Within 45 days of their interview wardrobe appointment, over 60% of jobseekers secured an interview and 43% secured employment. For those returning for working wardrobes, over 95% maintained employment after the first 90 days.
- Partnered with 43 local job-training organizations to support their clients in getting what they need to ace their interviews.
- Delivered 24 interview workshops to over 150 low-income jobseekers, giving them the confidence, networks, and experience they need to secure employment.
- Offered seven Pathways sessions serving 75 low-income individuals from our Pathways program.
- Six months after graduation from Pathways, 96% of graduates retained employment and the average annual salary increased 18%. As a measure of their excellence on the job, 39% of graduates earned a raise, 18% earned a promotion and 72% were given more responsibility.
- In 2011, 42 unique individuals participated in our innovative Success Series program. Seventy-eight percent of graduates retained employment six months after graduation, the average salary increased by 11%, 22% earned a raise, 78% of participants made progress toward their goals and 78% reported an increase in job satisfaction and economic self-sufficiency.
- Over 20% of Alumni participated in our Alumni Program, taking advantage of peer-to-peer support groups, financial literacy training, and affordable career coaching.