The nonprofit social enterprise serves the five-county region, including Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, and Berks counties, providing used clothing to more than more than 90,000 Pennsylvanians in professional or personal transition.
This summer, Career Wardrobe celebrates the 10th anniversary if its Spring Garden Street store by opening a second public shopping and service location at 62 West Marshall Road in Lansdowne. The sites offer high-end resale clothing and accessories for all genders, as well as provide free apparel and services to clients from referral partners.
“This makes the case for why we think moving forward with a social enterprise, especially in the counties, is really important to us,” said longtime Executive Director, Sheri Cole. “This is our path to success: the clients report self-confidence that makes them engaged in their job search, they get employment, they transition off benefits. That’s what we’re trying to see happen for our Workforce, Welfare to Work or Workforce Development clients.”
In 2016, Career Wardrobe expanded its successful model to assist even more people, including those struggling with poverty, violence or incarceration.
“The goal is not always ‘work’ for every client,” Cole said. “For instance, a youth who is aging out of foster care needs access to no-or-low cost casual clothing that allows them to be part of their peer group.”