Tuesday, 26 July 2011 14:02
Starting August 1, ReEngage, an education-based mentoring and life development ministry of FOCUS North America, is partnering with Men’s Wearhouse to help disadvantaged job seekers get a boost of self-confidence during the fourth annual National Suit Drive, the country’s largest collection of gently used business attire.
This is ReEngage’s first time joining Men’s Wearhouse and approximately 200 other charities to distribute the items collected at more than 900 Men’s Wearhouse locations. Items collected include men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts, and shoes. Residents of the greater Kansas City area may donate their gently used and cleaned items at any of the area Men’s Wearhouse locations.
“ReEngage, a ministry of FOCUS North America operating in partnership with Reconciliation Services-FOCUS KC, is excited and grateful to Men’s Wearhouse for being selected as a beneficiary of the annual national Suit Drive,” Rodney Knott, ReEngage Director, said. “Working with the men who participate in our Man Class has helped me understand the struggles they encounter as they try to reestablish their lives in this slow economy. The great thing about this opportunity is that it shows these men that there are people who still believe in them and are willing to give them a hand up when they are down.”
Knott said the suits will provide the men graduating from the Man Class with a fresh start and the ability to go into an interview feeling confident and well equipped to put into practice their new skills.
Although the recession has affected a broad spectrum of the American workforce, more than 70 percent of job losses have befallen men, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, due to the economy’s particularly heavy impact on male-dominated industries such as construction and manufacturing. In Kansas City the unemployment rate was over 8 percent in June, proving that many are still struggling to find work.
“With nearly one out of ten working-age men unemployed in this country, the weak economic recovery has disproportionately hurt the male workforce,” said George Zimmer, Men’s Wearhouse founder and CEO. “By collecting and donating professional clothing, Men’s Wearhouse aims to help men ‘suit up’ for job interviews and give them an important boost of confidence that will help them reach their goals.”
Nationally, Men’s Wearhouse hopes to collect more than 100,000 articles of clothing to benefit charities like ReEngage.
To thank donors for their generosity, Men’s Wearhouse will reward them with 50% off a purchase at Men’s Wearhouse and will donate a tie for every suit received. What’s more is that for every “like” on Facebook, Men’s Wearhouse will donate $1 to the cause, up to $10,000.
For more information, visit www.nationalsuitdrive.com.