A national apparel chain is collecting dress-for-success attire as a way of helping to trim the nation’s stubborn jobless rate.

Men’s Warehouse Inc., a national apparel chain, is partnering with local non-profit groups to provide workplace attire, including all-important interview outfits, for job applicants.

In Baltimore, the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), a non-profit organization that is geared to strengthening families, is the local link for the clothing distribution campaign that is now in its sixth year.

Men’s Warehouse collects discarded –“gently used,” their ads say—suits, shirts, blouses and accessories and donates them to the needy.

“We are focused on helping at risk men, whether it’s men just entering into the workforce, or struggling to re-enter the work force,” said Brandy Rettus, who is in charge of corporate giving for the chain.

In addition, for every suit donated, Men’s Warehouse will add two business ties. And for every “like” posted on Facebook and “tweet” uttered on Twitter, they will donate money towards the cause.

“When men look and feel good… they tend to do better,” said Rettus.

For the local group, the drive augments the CFUF goal of providing aid and encouragement for Black men. “It’s about being able to help our clients they need …to help and support their families,” Chenelle Rollins, CFUR development coordinator, told the AFRO.

Men’s Warehouse donated more than 130,000 business outfits last year, Rettus said. This year’s target is 150,000 items for workplace ensembles, he said.


Blair Adams

AFRO Staff Writer