Combating Clothing Insecurity

For people experiencing barriers to employment and independence, clothing insecurity is real. It can mean not having anything to wear or not having the right thing to wear. Both are barriers to advancement.

The Wardrobe provides a stable source of well-maintained and displayed clothing that is suitable for any need, from casual to workwear. While the clothing is available for sale, it is also free to anyone referred, and The Wardrobe consultation experience is priceless.

Our Theory of Change

The Theory of Change adheres to the following steps:

  1. Clients build confidence and motivation to continue their job search through professional clothing services and one-on-one support.
  2. They learn key skills to help obtain employment and build meaningful careers through our professional development opportunities.
  3. Clients can start to transition off public welfare programs after successfully retaining work and starting down the path to financial independence.

A Path to Success

Each year, 5,000 people leave The Wardrobe in Philadelphia, Delaware, or Bucks Counties with the clothing and self-confidence they need to successfully move forward on their path to independence.

Our participants are better prepared to move forward on their Path to Success:

  • Improved Professionalism & Confidence: 96% felt more confident, better prepared, and more professional after their appointment with The Wardrobe.
  • Increased Job Search Behaviors:85% reported a greater understanding of the key components of a job search: the ability to recreate their professional appearance and make a positive first impression, arrive on time to an appointment, and confidently introduce themselves to someone new.
  • Job Search Engagement:92% remained engaged in their job search by applying for jobs and being called in for interviews.
  • Transition to Employment: 60% successfully transitioned to employment, with most earning more than $10.50/hour and holding down one job (versus multiple part-time jobs).
  • Financial Independence: 66% successfully transitioned off cash assistance, although most are still reliant on food, housing, medical, or childcare assistance even when working.

These outcomes generate $13.4 million in combined tax savings from people transitioning off public benefit programs and contributing tax revenue once working.