Our Story

With 25 years of experience helping more than 90,000 people overcome barriers to employment and independence, The Wardrobe’s services are designed to support people in any life transition where the cost of clothing can be a barrier to positive change.

Established in 1995 as The Working Wardrobe, our initial mission was to help low-income women transition into the workplace with interview suits and support. Since then, our mission has expanded to respond to the needs of a diverse community along with our changing ideas of “work” and “career.” As we mark our 25th Anniversary in 2020, Career Wardrobe is transforming again to The Wardrobe.

The Wardrobe combines service with resale. We are open to the public, with clothing priced to match any budget while accepting referrals from 100 partner organizations to make shopping free for those that qualify.

The Wardrobe has clothing to support people of all gender identities and backgrounds who are seeking employment or moving to independence after incarceration, moving into recovery, or entering adulthood. We recognize that for many people living in poverty, a job is only the first step to economic stability. From there, they can start down the path to prosperity and self-sufficiency.