Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | December 6, 2010
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Dress for Success Jamaica: Taking women from dependency to self-sufficiency
The Dress For Success team (from left) Cheryl Gray, Yulit Gordon, Charmaine Dawkins, Rosemary Henry, Beverley Moses, and Debbie Robinson of the HEART Trust/NTA. - Contributed
Dress for Success Jamaica is excited about its acquisition of boutique space at the Human Employment And Resource Training/National Training Agency (HEART Trust/NTA), School of Cosmetology, 10 Hope Road, Kingston. The 81 square feet of space will house the suits, shoes and accessories received from generous donors for less fortunate women.

Dr Carolyn Hayle, executive director of the HEART Trust/NTA and her team were keen to partner with Dress for Success Jamaica. Under the partnership, the non-profit organisation received space for its boutique and will utilise the Trust's meeting room and other facilities. HEART Trust/NTA is one of the largest referral agencies for Dress for Success Jamaica and the organisation is indebted to the team at the school, in particular Novelette Denton-Prince, for its support.

The boutique space is currently in need of clothing racks, shelving units, mirrors and other items to facilitate the transformation to a boutique where the women will be served. Dress for Success Jamaica is currently seeking sponsorship from corporate Jamaica to assist in setting up the space.


Dress for Success Jamaica is an international non-profit organisation which provides donated suits, personal and career development tips, mentorship and support to disadvantaged women free of cost. Women come to Dress for Success Jamaica by referral when they have a job interview or a job lined up but have nothing to wear. Referrals come from the HEART Trust/NTA, The Women's Crisis Centre, Stella Maris Foundation and other non-profit organisations.

The organisation also promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with a network of support and the career development tools to thrive in work and in life.

Its founder, Yulit Gordon, recently participated in a job fair at the St Joseph's Teachers' College in St Andrew. The fair was designed to provide the graduates of the college with job-seeking skills. Gordon, took the graduates on a fashionable journey about how to dress for success in today's workplace. The graduates were taught how to prepare themselves for a job interview; not only from an outward appearance, but also mentally and psychologically. They were encouraged to use their creativity in these challenging economic times and mix and match the various pieces of clothing to create different looks in their respective wardrobes.

Gordon emphasised the importance of building one's treasure chest of accessories to complement and create different looks. She also gave some tips and tricks in makeup application. She also addressed issues of proper hygiene and the importance of a positive attitude!

For more information on Dress for Success Jamaica, visit its website at: www.dressforsuccess.org/jamaica or email: Jamaica@dressforsuccess.org.

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