The Brooklyn Community Recovery Center recently held its first Dress to Impress Clothing event for members of the community they serve. Recovery Center staff, peer volunteers, and advisory board members acted as personal shoppers for clients in need as they selected items for a professional wardrobe. The prospect of receiving a new set of clothing, free of charge, in hopes of looking polished on future job interviews, is an important step in regaining self-esteem and enhancing recovery efforts.
A line of shoppers formed outside the door, extending down the block, and around the corner before the Center opened early Saturday morning. Brand new men’s clothing and accessories were donated by The Men’s Wearhouse; selections of gently used men and women’s clothing, as well as tuxedos, suede and leather coats, shoes, and handbags were also offered. Shopping bags from name brand and upscale stores were also donated to complete the experience.
Recovery Center staff and volunteers worked hard in preparation to have assortments of styles and all sizes to choose from. Attendees found more than a few items for themselves and a family member. Many people went home wearing their new coats and accessories, instead of the items they arrived in. Patricia Wooldridge, Director of the Brooklyn Community Recovery Center summed it up perfectly, “The smiles on people’s faces, their excitement as they left with new clothes filled our hearts with indescribable warmth.” Congratulations, Pat for an awesome, well planned shopping day, with many thanks to Vickie Griffiths of JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others), a partner provider of the Brooklyn Community Recovery Center for her involvement and vision at this event. Great job, team!