Nonprofit Suited to Succeed acquires Baltimore chapter of Dress For Success

Suited to Succeed, the 21-year-old Baltimore-based nonprofit that provides clothing and professional development to women looking to gain employment, has acquired the Baltimore affiliate of Dress for Success, the international not-for-profit organization with a similar mission.

The acquisition became official in August, according to Evelyn Gaines, chair of Suited to Succeed.

“It means additional empowerment for women to gain independence, and it provides a support group where they can talk about things in their lives and in the workplace so that they can be successful,” she said. “We’ll give them additional tools so that they can have economic independence.”

Suited to Succeed serves 12,000 women in the Baltimore area each year. Dress for Success will provide additional resources for those women, according to Gaines.

Suited to Succeed will host meetings where women will learn everything from budgeting to computer skills and appropriate work attire in its third-floor offices at 22 Light St. A 1,017-square-foot space on the first floor of the building functions as a retail shop.

There will be a ribbon cutting Oct. 11 to celebrate the acquisition. Mayor Catherine E. Pugh is scheduled to attend.

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