What We Do
What Amelia’s Closet Does For The Middle Tennessee Community
Since personal appearance is one of the main factors in the hiring decision, it is unfortunate that many qualified women can’t afford appropriate clothing for a job interview. “Within the first ten seconds of meeting your interviewer, that person has decided whether or not you’re right for the job,” writes Frank Bernieri, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University. Amelia’s Closet partners with other nonprofits and government agencies that assist women by providing their clients with the necessary business attire and confidence. Whether the client is an ex-offender or a veteran transitioning to civilian life, Amelia’s Closet assists women in making a great first impression and in being a valuable employee.
Providing professional apparel & hope to deserving women as they open the employment door. It has been documented that gainful employment helps empower women that are otherwise vulnerable to POVERTY, HOMELESSNESS, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, and CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. We want to help women feel valued, confident, and hopeful as they soar to new heights.
To increase economic security and reduce financial vulnerability of women in our communities by helping improve their access to the workforce. The #1 reason for homelessness is economic distress due to unexpected financial setbacks, and 84% of homeless families are headed by a single mom.
Amelia’s Closet is a faith-based 501(c)3 organization that will help reduce poverty in our communities and prepare women for sustainable employment and financial independence.
What We Do
- Prepare women recovering from hardship for sustainable employment by providing two free interview outfits, interview tips, inspirational scripture, and a head-to-toe makeover gift certificate. Upon being hired, clients can return for a week’s wardrobe. During the three-month follow-up, if the client remains employed, they can return for another seasonal wardrobe.
- Offer volunteer opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through our job skills training.
- Collaborate with charitable organizations that assist women with life improvement and/or job training/placement programs.
- Link our generous communities with fulfilling a specific need that can easily be met one woman at a time.
- Offer a place for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have meaningful work opportunities.
- Stop the poverty domino effect in low-income households that weaken the family unit and our communities.
“The professionalism of the ladies is above anything I have ever encountered. They are beautiful Christian ladies with hearts of GOLD!”
“I want to thank you all so much for everything. Not only did you help me by donating some awesome interview/work outfits, but you were also so kind. I had some amazing conversations during my visits there, and you all made me feel very welcomed. My favorite part of both my visits was when we held hands at the end and prayed together. I felt so connected, and it was amazing. Again, thank you all so much for everything y’all do. You’re an example of what doing for others means, and I am very grateful to have been inspired by you.”