Tailored For Success, Inc. (“TFS”) was founded in 1999 as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged women return to the workforce. Our mission is achieved by distributing free interview appropriate business suits and career clothing, providing interview coaching and professional image consulting; and giving women the opportunity to participate in career development workshops.
TFS is based in Malden, MA and works collaboratively with a variety of social and human services organizations to reach our target population in fourteen communities who are labeled as the “hard to employ”. Our primary client is typically a single mother who comes from diverse racial, cultural and linguistic communities and is attempting to transition off public assistance through job training, ESL classes and other workforce development programs. Our clients have significant barriers to employment such as lack of work experience, limited English skills, lack of basic computer skills, and childcare issues. We feel our services of empowerment through self-esteem building will help our clients overcome these barriers and lead them along the road to economic self-sufficiency.
TFS, in an effort to better serve clients, has opened Tailored Impressions, a Resale/Consignment Boutique to benefit the clients of Tailored For Success, Inc. Clients are now served in
an upscale retail boutique where they can shop for a wide variety of career clothing and accessories,donated by the general public, free of charge.This social enterprise will also help the organization by providing much needed operating income that is rarely supported by grants. Clothing that is donated to TFS that is not used for client purposes, is sold at reduced prices to the general public. Although the store is open to the public, clients are served only when the store is closed to preserve confidentiality.
For eight years, Tailored For Success, Inc. is a member of The Women’s Alliance. The Women’s Alliance, based in Miami, FL, is a not-for-profit organization of independent community-based members that provide professional attire, career skills training, and related services to low-income women and their families seeking employment. Each year, the services provided by The Women’s Alliance help more than 30,000 women in transition from welfare and poverty to overcome barriers to employment and the “cost of making a good appearance” by ensuring that they have the professional attire they need to make the right impression on job interviews and to succeed in the workplace. Personal and professional development training services conducted by 75% member organizations also helps to support job readiness, personal growth, and career advancement for women and their families seeking to improve their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.