About Wardrobe for Opportunity

Our Mission

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. 

Our History

Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) is a successful and growing 501(c)3 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 30,000 low-income individuals referred from over 40 partner social service and job-training agencies across the Bay Area. Founded originally to provide professional clothing for women, Wardrobe for Opportunity has expanded to provide in-depth, 360 degree professional development for men and women. 

Vision Statement

Wardrobe for Opportunity will be the recognized leader in empowering low-income women and men to achieve economic viability. 

WFO is committed four strategies: 

  1. Expand client reach throughout the Greater Bay Area
  2. Continually engage constituents through multiple channels of communication
  3. Diversify funding sources to ensure stability and growth
  4. Create a culture that attracts and retains staff and volunteers that are passionate about WFO.

2016 Program Results 

  • 774 clients received professional attire for interviews and new jobs
  • Thanks to our corporate partners, 113 clients participated in informational interviews with top Bay Area employers
  • 602 people participated in one of our Professional Image Workshops
  • 90 days after receiving a full week worth of professional clothing, 70% of clients had retained employment
  • Six months after our Pathways course, 91% of graduates retained employment
  • Six months after taking Pathways, graduates average wage increased from $17,392 to $29,949 and their savings increased from $1,918 at program start to $3,333, a 74% increase
  • 100% of Pathways graduates felt the course improved their ability to set goals at 6 months 
  • 100% of Success Series graduates said the course helped them create a plan to achieve their goals at 6 months
  • Over 75 alumni attended Financial Literacy Seminars

WFO Staff

Board of Directors

WFO Annual Reports

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2011 WFO Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2010 WFO Annual Report

Wardrobe for Opportunity • 570 14th Street, Suite 5 • Oakland, CA 94612 • ph. 510.463.4100 • fax 510.452.4502 • info@wardrobe.org
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