Men’s Wearhouse is putting on its 11th annual National Suit Drive for July. The main beneficiary for Rochester donations is Volunteers of America Upstate New York’s Working Wardrobe program.
Community residents are encouraged to bring in their old suits to a Men’s Wearhouse location, where they will be donated to low-income and previously homeless men and women through VOA.
In addition to providing workplace attire, VOA’s Working Wardrobe works with participants on job interview skills and employment coaching to help them find employment. Yet the confidence that comes with having a professional outfit for an interview can’t be overstated.
“I’ve never seen myself in a suit before,” one program participant said. “I’m very sure of myself that I could get any position.”
The Working Wardrobe benefits more than 1,000 participants each year, all of whom experienced some sort of trauma such as addiction, mental health issues, domestic violence or homelessness. This program operates as part of a larger effort by VOA for these people to gain stability in their lives. VOA works to provide educational children’s services, housing and support services and re-entry services for individuals leaving correctional facilities in the community.
Men’s Wearhouse in Greece, Rochester and Victor is taking gently used suit donations through July 31. Visit for information.