On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services presented Clothes that Work with the very first Community Partner Award at the Board of County Commissioners Meeting.
“Our Job and Family Services (JFS) employees are passionate about helping Montgomery County families in need, and we created this award to recognize the partners who help us do a better job at meeting those needs,” said Kevin Lavoie, JFS spokesman. “Displaced workers can get help from our Workforce Division with resume writing, handling interview questions and job searching, but all that help may not land them a job if they don’t have the resources to dress professionally for an interview. That is why we selected Clothes that Work as our very first Community Partner Award winner.”
Clothes that Work has been helping area residents get professional work clothes for the past 15 years. Clients provide documentation proving financial need, they set an appointment, then Clothes that Work staff will set them up with the clothes they need to land jobs and look good in the workplace. The organization helped more than 1,500 people in Montgomery County last year alone.
“Our work is really its own reward when we see how grateful our clients are and then later hear the stories of their successes, but it is great to get this recognition from Montgomery County Job and Family Services,” said Paula Cosby, Executive Director of Clothes that Work. “Their Workforce Division is one of our top partners, and we work hard together to help our citizens secure meaningful employment.”
Lavoie, Chair of the JFS Awards and Recognition Committee, presented Cosby with the Community Partner Award Tuesday, along with Workforce Development representatives Silvia Anderson, Jamica Garrison and Linda White. BCC president Dan Foley also read a proclamation in recognition of the efforts of Clothes the Work.