Amelia’s Closet - a clothier of hope is boutique-inspired nonprofit that assists women recovering from hardship, with a second chance at making a great first impression!
MISSION STATEMENT: “Providing professional & hope to deserving women as they open the employment door.”
Amelia’s Closet is a faith-based nonprofit organization that helps reduce poverty in our communities and prepares women for sustainable employment and financial independence. It was founded in 2014 by Jody Powers, who saw a community gap that needed to be filled.
Since an applicant is judged within seven seconds by their interviewer, Amelia’s Closet wants women to feel confident and valued as they seek employment.
Local nonprofits and government agencies refer at-risk clients to Amelia’s Closet prior to their interviews. The wide range of these women’s hardships include previous incarceration, fleeing domestic abuse, death of their husband, or suffering from a natural disaster; with the majority being single mothers.
At the client’s hour-long appointment, volunteer personal shoppers assist them in selecting their best two interview outfits (free of charge), from a personalized, pre-selected clothing rack. Clients also receive first impression tips, interview tips, inspirational Scripture, and a head-to-toe makeover gift certificate.
Upon being hired, the client can return for a week’s wardrobe. During the three-month follow-up, if the client is still employed, they can return for another seasonal wardrobe.
Amelia’s Closet has a 90% hired rate and has assisted clients from eleven surrounding counties and nearly fifty different referral sources.