One-of-a-kind men’s suit store helps job-seekers in need

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Landing a job is hard and dressing the part can be expensive. With the help of continuing grants Franklin County Commissioners voted unanimously for, 50 new job-seekers could be able to suit up and hit the bricks.

The saying goes, ‘clothes makes the man’ and the $12,500 grant from Franklin County is giving job-seekers a chance to look the part.

The clothes at My Brother’s Closet are donated, and the grant pays for the store front to operate.

“People judge you on what you have on; their first impression is what you have on,” said Alex Carey. She has been with My Brother’s Closet since it first opened in 2014.

Kenric Miller is a student and Intern from Youngstown State. He got a suit from the closet because he said he wants to make a good first impression.

“I think it is absolutely important to look your best at all times. You never know who you are going to be entertaining; who you are going to run into that could give you an opportunity that could change your life,” Miller said.

Clothes are just part of the plan to jump-start unemployed men’s life’s.

“So they have the free coaching piece as well as the mentoring as well as the suiting so they can move forward and be successful,” said Lori Caliman, Director of Economic Empowerment.

The program is meant to help disconnected dads be financially responsible. There is a Father-to-Father initiative, along with Choose-to-Change, an initiative that helps ex-offenders re-enter the community.

Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady said It is the only program of its kind in Franklin County.

My Brother’s Closet could use more gently-used suits, ties, belts, dress shirts, slacks and dress shoes. Volunteers time is helpful as a personal valet to clients. For more information go to www.cul.org

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