What We Do

Dress for Success Calgary is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

“One Woman, Many Faces” is a very important event to raise funds for Dress for Success Calgary, with all monies raised dedicated to funding our programs. Dress for Success empowers women to continually shape their own destiny – transforming themselves, their families and their communities. We partner with local Employment Agencies to offer their economically challenged clients opportunities and experiences to achieve confidence and encouragement in the workforce. Dress for Success provides more than just suits. By providing women with clothing, career development, and a network of support, we are giving women the confidence and practical skills to succeed in Calgary’s workforce. Our wardrobe consultants are a dedicated group of volunteers who are determined to assist and back up our clients every step of the way.

Our clients are a diverse group of women who have faced a variety of life challenges and are seeking employment and self-sufficiency. We hope that with the generosity of Calgarians, we can open our doors more often, and with longer hours, enabling us to assist and empower more women. With every successful client, new volunteer or donor, we grow our ability to help more women.

“We served over 300 women who are generally in the low income category by virtue of the fact that they may have had little education and not having the skills or knowledge to find meaningful employment. These women generally do very well
upon receiving help in job search and understanding the Canadian workplace
culture. Alongside with partners such as Dress for Success who instills upon them the importance of being well-groomed and confident, these women will gain independence and settlement success.”
- Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association.
“It’s great your mission, maybe you have an idea how much important for me is your help, but there are not enough words to explain how much it is important to give confidence to women needing it. THANK YOU!” – Lilia, client”

Background

Since 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 550,000 women. There are more than 110 affiliates worldwide, with 7–10 new affiliates projected to open per year. Dress for Success is united globally by a common aspiration that has created a movement. We help women thrive in work and in life.

Through Dress for Success Calgary, our clients transition towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. Each woman is a success story: She goes from unemployment to economic independence.

  • The women we serve become self-actualized and mentors to other women.
  • The women we serve are future leaders of our communities.
  • Dress for Success empowers women to continually shape their own destiny —transforming themselves, their families and their communities.

Vision & Mission

Vision: Clothing women with hope head to toe.

Mission: To promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Volunteering

We are a 100% volunteering charity that makes a difference in the lives of women in need. Interested in volunteering with Dress for Success Calgary? Fill out our Volunteer Form. We truly appreciate the time and effort of our volunteers.

Recent Programs

Our recent Beauty & Brains Workshop in July was a big success. With the help of Career Fox and three Makeup Artists we were able to provide not only hair and makeup sessions, but coaching preparation for our job seeking clients.