CEO can use your help. Our in-house clothing bank at the Community Educational Outreach facility in Lakewood, CO, is running low on in-good-repair job appropriate clothing. The clothes closet was established about a year ago by the CEO staff when usual Denver community resources became strained due to the current state of the economy.
“The first wave of clothing donations was amazing!” stated Dory Dannettell, CEO program director. Dory tells us the inventory was quickly depleted by the CEO facility students, many of whom are engaged in seeking employment as a part of their contract agreement at the Intervention Community Corrections Services (ICCS) program. ICCS is the overseeing agency in the Lakewood facility at the former JCRS building campus located just north off of Colfax Blvd and Kendall Streets.
Clothing for Men & Women
Dory tells us that most, nearly 85 percent, of the ICCS program residents are male, so the items most in need are for men of all heights and sizes. “In addition, with the onset of Winter, we really need outer protective clothing,” Dory emphasizes.
Consider The Job Search Challenge
Consider this scenario when thinking about the CEO students job search challenge: Residents, while working on a host of issuess relating to their former felony backgrounds, including workshops, counseling sessions, in many cases – addiction treatment, restitution of debts, and so on, must enter into a daily job-search routine that typically goes something like this:
- Up early to eat and catch an RTD bus on Colfax (no automobiles here)
- Criss-cross the city into retail and business areas to begin cold calling on stores, fast food shops, car washes, motels, warehouses – anywhere with some possibility of landing a job
- Present yourself with perhaps an incomplete job history, maybe a lack of high school diploma (CEO assists with GED obtainment), perhaps years in a corrections facility, maybe an addiction somewhere in the past
- Then you have no external support network, few family members that can assist, and you don’t know your way around the city
- Add in a downturned economy – You often will be competing with higher educated, higher skilled persons for a job
This list of apparent and real obstacles can go on and on – But guess what? Many, many of the CEO residents do in fact land jobs! Many secure more than one in order to progress more quickly through the ICCS transition program!
So add one more obstacle: You only have the clothes you wore when your reported to ICCS. Perhaps tattered blue jeans, a couple of T-Shirts, maybe a light wind breaker if you are fortunate. You have shoes that are wearing through.
Help Us Please! Clothes Needed
Here are some of the items that Dory reports are in high demand:
- Business Attire Clothing
- Khaki or black slacks
- Nice Jeans
- Shirts and Blouses
- Winter coats
- Gloves, Mittens
- Warm Walking Shoes
As a volunteer working closely with many of these ICCS job-seeking residents, I can tell you, most often their attitudes towards their situation would surprise many of us who are residing in fortunate life circumstances. Minimal complaining – hard at work in the job search computer lab – working diligently on their resumes and cover letters, hitting the streets with optimism – day after day – hopes riding high. And what an experience it is when you are greeted by one of them in the hall at CEO with the exclamation:
“I found a job!”
And you can help. Contact Dory at 720-544-5548 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a donation.