Philly nonprofit Career Wardrobe expands to the suburbs

Nonprofit Career Wardrobe.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia nonprofit dedicated to helping people do better in life is growing to the suburbs.

For the last 25 years, Career Wardrobe has helped people like Tatrice Taylor make the transition from unemployment to the workforce.

"Skills I've learned here are customer service, being the professional, being your own brand, customer interaction," she said. 

Sheri Cole, the nonprofit's executive director, says they resell used clothes to help fund their programs that teach people skills they need to get a job. They also give their clients clothes for free so they are ready to go on the job search.

"Our services start with the clothing. That makes people feel more confident and more prepared for the next step in their lives, keeping them engaged in their job search or their path toward independence, and hopefully transition off of public benefits," Cole explained. 

Career Wardrobe is now expanding its operations from its location in Philadelphia to Lansdowne in Delaware County.

Taylor, who now has a job with Career Wardrobe, hopes to help others better their lives at the new location.

"I've seen people just so happy to have something as a career wardrobe, where they can come and go out to the world equip to go get a career," she said. 

Cole says they serve around 5,000 clients a year, and she hopes with their new location, they can help an additional 600 more people annually.