Men’s Wearhouse & Jackets for Jobs Make a Difference #DetroitCommunityService #JacketsForJobs #TellUsDetroit

left to right: Peter Ciak, Regional Manager Men’s Wearhouse, Betty Henderson, Norman Snedacar (BeBe Winans Suit Recipient) and Alison Vaughn, Founder & President of Jackets for Jobs

By Emma Lockridge/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – When Detroiter Norman Snedacar goes on job interviews he’ll have a little more pep in his step because he’ll be wearing a gently used suit donated to him by gospel music superstar BeBe Winans. He received the smart suit through a successful partnership between the Detroit based Jackets for Jobs, Inc., and the Men’s Wearhouse, a clothier with 900 outlets nationwide. “With this amazing suit and a great resume, I definitely have the right look and skills for a new job,” Snedacar stated. “Being gifted with this suit from such an outstanding person is truly flattering and a blessing.”

Following a successful career as a truck driver for 25 years, Snedacar joined the ranks of the long-term unemployed in 2006. Now affiliated with Michigan Works, he graduated from Baker College where he completed training to become a Medical Laboratory Technician. Receiving the suit supports the look he needs to make a great impression during interviews.

Jackets for Jobs, a non-profit organization that provides career skills training, employment etiquette and professional clothes to individuals seeking employment, joined the Men’s Wearhouse for the fifth annual National Suit Drive, the nation’s largest collection of gently used business attire for men and women. The successful clothing drive wrapped up in July.

“The celebrity component of this year’s drive was uplifting and took us to a new level,” stated Alison Vaughn, Founder & CEO of Jackets for Jobs. “We are grateful to BeBe Winans for his suit donation and FOX 2 staffers anchorman Alan Lee and reporter Jason Carr.”

Donors were encouraged to give their gently used men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes to drop off points at Men’s Wearhouse store locations around the US. For every suit donated Men’s Wearhouse donated two business ties and donors received a 50% off coupon off all regular-priced items (excluding shoes) for a next purchase at the store.

“Our donation expectations were exceeded,” stated Peter Ciak, regional manager for Men’s Wearhouse. “This year’s collection was 130,171 units compared to a target goal of 110,000 of which Jackets for Jobs will receive nearly 800 units. Our founder George Zimmer is thrilled about the outcome because he encourages philanthropy. “

As the national unemployment rate edges down, there are still 12.5 million Americans still out of work and many are feeling discouraged,” states Vaughn. “The clothing they receive through the National Suit Drive gives them a confident first step toward reentering the job market. Nonprofit/private partnerships, like the one forged between Jackets For Jobs and Men’s Wearhouse, are paving the way to put people back to work.”

About Jackets for Jobs, Inc.
Jackets for Jobs, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides career skills training, employment etiquette and professional clothes to individuals seeking employment. Since its inception, JFJ has assisted over 12,000 individuals with employment. Nationally, the organization has been supported and recognized by Donald Trump, the cast from The Apprentice, ABC’s The View, and NBC’s Today show. JFJ also has had the distinct honor of ringing the closing bell on NASDAQ in New York City. For more information, visit www.jacketsforjobs.org

About Men’s Wearhouse
Founded in 1973 by George Zimmer, Men’s Wearhouse is one of North America’s largest specialty retailers of men’s apparel, with 1,162 stores. The Men’s Wearhouse, Moores and K&G stores carry a full selection of men’s designer, brand name and private label suits, sport coats, furnishings and accessories and Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores carry a limited selection. Most K&G stores carry a full selection of women’s apparel. Tuxedo rentals are available in the Men’s Wearhouse, Moores Clothing for Men and Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores. Additionally, Men’s Wearhouse operates a global corporate apparel and workwear group consisting of Twin Hill in the United States and Dimensions and Alexandra in the United Kingdom.

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