CBRE collected more than 3,900 articles of professional clothing to donate to jobless people seeking employment in a Phoenix clothing drive held from Aug. 15-26.
“Business attire is one of those things most of us take for granted — until we don’t have it when we need it,” says Craig Henig, CBRE’s senior managing director. “It has truly been our privilege to be able to make a significant difference in the lives of these displaced workers by helping them get back on their feet and back to work through the donation of thousands of suits, ties, slacks and blouses.”
Local employees of the company, as well as 18 CBRE-managed buildings in Phoenix and their tenants, participated in the event, called PurSUIT of Success. CBRE donated the clothing to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and St. Joseph the Worker.
Fresh Start is a non-profit organization that helps to build women’s self-sufficiency and self-esteem. St. Joseph the Worker helps homeless and low-income people become independent though good employment.
“The PurSUIT of Success provided our job seeking clients much more than clothing,” says Amy Caffarello, executive director of St. Joseph the Worker. “It provided positive transformations of self-image, allowing them to gain confidence and pride, two things very necessary for a successful job search.
“CBRE went above and beyond by not only filling our clothing-closet shelves but saving the organization valuable time by delivering pre-sorted, pressed, ready-to-wear clothing which we could quickly get to our clients.”
“Fresh Start is so thankful to CBRE for this clothing drive,” added Barbara Ralston, CEO of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. “Our self-esteem center wardrobes women every week for upcoming job interviews and court appearances; it is a major part of the services we provide to women.
“We were overwhelmed with the amount of business clothing that came to Fresh Start from the PurSUIT of Success and look forward to utilizing every piece for the ladies at Fresh Start.”