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Santa Train Rides Again

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Dignity U Wear is thrilled to join CSX, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber for the 2016 Santa Train. Country singer Darryl Worley will be this year’s celebrity guest. For 74 years, Santa Train has delivered tons of Christmas presents, food and winter clothes to hundreds of children and families in need across three states in Appalachia. DUW will keep you posted as we prepare for this year’s journey.

 

 

 

 

Learning Skills for Life Graduation

A program that pairs the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management with Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, is helping Houston veterans by teaching “Learning Skills for Life.”  Veterans in the program come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and many are in the process of rebuilding their lives after facing significant challenges. Some are currently working in the hospitality industry and are looking to develop their careers, while others view the program as a springboard into a new direction. Participants earn certificates in beverage and food handling and are taught life skills, such as managing personal finances, preparing for employment interviews, working in a team environment, and writing resumes and cover letters. Dignity U Wear is honored to provide interview and work appropriate attire to graduates as part of our Veterans in Transition programming. Our congratulations to the newest graduating class.

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Welcoming New Apparel Partner SockGuy

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Dignity U Wear is thrilled to welcome our newest apparel partner SockGuy. Since April, Sock Guy has donated two pallets of brand new socks to DUW – nearly 12,000 pairs. Socks are included in every delivery DUW sends to individuals in need. The colorful, fun patterns had our volunteers smiling as the readied the product for deliveries. Thank you SockGuy!

SockGuy maintains the highest standards to deliver the best performance socks on the market today. Their socks hug your feet in style and comfort and are built to last. All of our socks feature more ultra-wicking fiber and our exclusive super-soft yarn so your feet stay dry, cool and comfy no matter how hard you play. SockGuy socks are designed by award winning artists and feature unique graphics that capture cool up-to-the-minute trends and designs. All of our socks are proudly Made in the U.S.A. Spreading the LUV all over your feet with the most comfortable socks you will ever wear! Performance plus personality. It doesn’t get any better than this.

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A Mother’s Story

Jacksonville, FL – Lounita, the mother of three, visited one of our partner agencies, Downtown Ecumenical Services Council just before school started to get clothing for herself and her children.

Lounita’s oldest is a growing boy who is starting his first year of high school. Because of her low paying job, she needed help with school clothes. Lounita was given brand new clothing for her family provided by Dignity U Wear to DESC’s clothing closet, including pants, shorts and shirts, as well as socks and underwear.

She said, “The children’s clothing was especially helpful. My kids are growing fast and it is hard to keep them in clothing.” Lounita is proud for her kids to go to school happy and clean and for her son to start high school handsome and confident so he can concentrate on his studies.

DESC was founded in 1981 by churches in urban Jacksonville to provide emergency assistance to people in need. Services include food, clothing and financial assistance. www.descjax.org

 

Duval County Social Workers Tour Warehouse

Jacksonville, FL – New social workers with Duval County Public Schools recently toured Dignity U Wear’s warehouse to learn more about the partnership between the two organizations.  DUW provides brand new clothing to the school district’s clothing closet which can be accessed by school social workers helping students in need. DUW has a long history of working with DCPS but as the number of students the district needed to serve grew, DUW helped DCPS establish a clothing closet three years ago. The district provided space and DUW helped with logistics as well as is the sole provider of new clothing for the closet. The partnership works well allowing social workers more flexibility in serving their students and schools. DUW is duplicating this successful model in other school districts.Duval County Publoc Schools new social workers visit 081216

BACK TO SCHOOL SURPRISE FOR JSO INTERNS

THANK YOU!  We had 20 interns join us this summer at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.  As a small token of our appreciation we made each kid a “back to school” bag.  When the internships started at the beginning of the year, we learned that most of our kids were having a hard time with maintaining a professional, business appropriate appearance due to lack of personal funds.  We reached out to Dignity U Wear and without hesitation you were able to put together 20 bags that contained work and school appropriate clothes. The kids had the biggest smiles on their faces.

Michelle E. Cook, Director of Personal & Professional Standards, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

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Women’s Lunch Place clothing closet

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As part of our Women & Girls in Crisis initiative, Dignity U Wear is pleased to work with the Women’s Lunch Place in Boston. Daily they welcome over 200 women, many of whom have experienced trauma, abuse or loss, providing healthy meals, a safe place to shower and do laundry, access to medical care and other vital services, personal care items and clothing. That’s where we fit in. Through our partnership WLP can offer a wide variety of brand new clothing in an effort to support their clients when they need it most. At Dignity U Wear, we believe in the power of collaboration and interestingly, WLP and DUW both use the word “dignity” when describing our services. Helping restore a sense of pride in oneself is at the heart of our missions. Thank you WLP for all you do for the Boston community.

http://womenslunchplace.org/

Rotary Youth Making A Difference

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For the third summer in a row, students from the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program spent a day of service at Dignity U Wear.

“Thank you so much for having our Rotary Youth Leadership Awards participants at your facility on June 17.  The purpose of the service day was to expose these 123 teens to potentially new avenues of service they may not have experienced before.  Numerous students from each group shared thoughts about their activities and expressed what a positive experience they had.  Many were not aware of the types of service provided by agencies like yours.  Some initially said they were not expecting it to be such a meaningful and fun activity.  All said they would seek out similar opportunities for service in their home communities throughout northeast Florida.

Thank you for helping put a spark in them to continue to serve others.  We realize that having volunteers makes extra work for you and we appreciate your willingness to help us in educating these young people about the importance of volunteerism.  You never know, it might also have sparked a career interest!”

Carol A. Higley, RYLA 2016 Committee

 

Dignity U Wear Rated 4-Star Charity

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Dignity U Wear is proud to be recognized as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator. Charity Navigator works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America’s largest charities.

“Based on Charity Navigator’s updated financial methodology, we have issued a new rating for your organization. We are proud to announce that your organization has earned a 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Dignity U Wear exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Dignity U Wear apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. Approximately only a quarter of rated charities have achieved this distinction!” – Charity Navigator

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator rates charities by evaluating two broad areas of financial health – organizational efficiency and organizational capacity. Using a set of financial ratios or performance categories to rate each of these two areas, Charity Navigator issues an overall rating that combines the charity’s performance in both areas. Charity Navigator ratings show givers how efficiently they believe a charity will use its support today, and to what extent the charity is growing its programs and services over time.

Miriam’s Kitchen Jumping for Joy

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The clothing has arrived!  And oh my goodness we are ecstatic!  The pants, shirts, underwear and socks are just perfect – and come at the perfect time when our clothing inventory is very low. See photos of our case managers jumping for joy when we received the clothing.

Thank you all!

Ashley Lawson
Director of Corporate Partnerships
www.miriamskitchen.org

 

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