Meet Acasha

Acasha came to The Wardrobe in preparation to start a new job while experiencing another major life shift, the transition to adulthood. Acasha left college in the spring of 2020 after struggling with mental health issues. Facing unemployment during a global pandemic was daunting, compounded the limited options available to her due to a pre-existing condition. Fortunately, a friend recommended Hopeworks, a technology education and training program just down the street from her in Camden, NJ. The opportunities the program provides and the convenience of the location pushed Acasha take a risk and apply

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At Hope Works, Acasha learned technological skills as well as job readiness. Upon completion of the program in November, Hopeworks helped Acasha secure a 6 month internship in Geographic Information Systems with American Water where she helps analyze data and create maps based on the findings. But when it came time to start the position, she needed help looking the part. That’s when her Career Readiness Coach referred her to The Wardrobe.

When Acasha arrived for her appointment, she was nervous. She had never bought professional attire before – she didn’t know where to start. Luckily the helpful staff soon welcomed her into the store and made her feel comfortable. She found shopping the floor and trying on the clothes relaxing, but it was seeing herself in the outfits that was “enlightening”.

“I was very surprised at how professional I looked! It’s not a side of myself I’ve seen before, so looking in the mirror was eye opening. I felt very proud and confident. It was a very uplifting moment.”

Acasha left with 3 full outfits, shoes, and accessories! She called it “the best shopping experience I ever had”. She loves her internship and plans to continue learning and training so she can keep working in the GIS field. One day Acasha hopes to use her data map skills to identify areas without sufficient access to healthcare and build her own hospitals.

“I feel as though the credentials I received from Hopeworks and the professional image I got from The Wardrobe will help me to advance further in my career”.

Meet Naromie

Naromie first came to The Wardro be in January of this year in preparation for a job fair. She had recently graduated from the Philadelphia Job Corps as a Certified Home Health Aide and Certified Medical Assistant, but remained unemployed. At her first appointment she received a dress, cardigan, jewelry, scarf, shampoo, even a book! 

“I felt great, it really helped me out! The outfits you gave me helped me feel more confident in myself when I went to interviews and found a job.” 

Naromie quickly found work as a Home Health Aide in February while also spending time as a Patient Care Volunteer at Temple University Hospital. But when the pandemic shut everything down in March, Naromie stopped working. She went without a job for 4 months.

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As restrictions loosened in summer, Naromie was fortunately able to return to work part-time as a Pediatric Home Health Aide and continue volunteering at Temple twice a week. Naromie says being in the hospital is very different now than it was before COVID. While she doesn’t work with COVID patients, she is of course still practicing safety measures like social distancing, regularly sanitizing, and wearing both a face mask and shield. In addition to checking on patients’ health and observing medical procedures, Naromie provides magazines and activities to keep patients entertained, works the front desk, and even participated in a voting campaign to help patients and staff register to vote and request mail-in ballots.

Her presence provides much needed support for the overworked doctors and staff in the hospital, but it’s not without risk. Naromie has had “very severe” asthma since she was a child. She understands the increased danger this puts her in, but it was her experience that inspired her to work in healthcare:

“I love helping people, that’s my passion! I love seeing people smile. I grew up going in and out of the hospital so I know how it is to be a patient and have nurses and doctors helping you.”

Naromie returned to The Wardrobe this fall for employment clothing. She received scrubs for her job as an Aide and business professional attire for volunteering at the hospital. She definitely feels receiving that first interview outfit from The Wardrobe was a crucial step for her career that led to her being able to work during the pandemic.

Meet Brittani

Brittani was connected to The Wardrobe during one of the most difficult times in her life, while looking for a job that would support her and her son. The confidence inspired by The Wardrobe’s services helped Brittani get not one, but two jobs. Then, she set her goals even higher! A new job offered increased pay and the ability to work from home when the pandemic struck. Brittani is now a regular shopper and The Wardrobe’s #1 fan.