The Recipe for Success: Nonprofits Banding Together




What has been driving nonprofit organizations to continue through what seems like an endless pandemic? Leaning on each other.


When everything came to a rushing halt back in March of 2020, many organizations turned off their lights, locked their doors, and never returned. With nonprofit organizations being the backbone of our community, the ripple effect of these closures was felt almost immediately.


After some initial adjustment, Suited for Change had the realization: the only way to survive is to band together.


Over the past two years, we have revamped our services, finding new approaches to meet the needs of our clients right where they are.


We began calling all of our referral partners in the DC Metro area, asking them “what do your clients need right now?”


Beginning with virtual suitings, and then expanding to virtual and in-person workshops, we started collaborating with over fifty current referral partners including Friendship Place, Calvary Women’s Services, Britepaths, and La Cocina VA to best serve our clients as they continue to strive for economic independence.


With a talented variety of volunteers with expertise in fashion, interview preparation, resume writing, and financial literacy, we have been able to equip our clients with an array of professional tools as they embark on their professional journey.


We have already begun to see the effects of these growing partnerships. From increased motivation and confidence, to active participation and eagerness to learn, our clients have been exhibiting their drive to succeed in all avenues of their life.


As said by our partners at Britepaths,


“SFC’s Workforce Development workshops have really elevated our offerings, and our clients love being able to "shop" for fabulous work outfits at their boutique. So grateful for our partners!”


Prior to these workshops, many clients would arrive at the SFC boutique hesitant and unsure of what to expect. However, after having a clear introduction to SFC, clients have been jumping at the chance to schedule an appointment to get the finishing touches they need to launch their career.


Thanks to our continuing collaboration with our incredible Referral Partners, our clients are more equipped than ever to tackle the professional world and get the jump start they need to thrive.



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