What does the word dignity mean to you?
I joined the Dignity U Wear team a month ago – and what a month it has been! You see, I’ve been thinking a lot about this very question, the meaning of dignity.
To me, dignity is the state or quality of truly feeling worthy of honor or respect, having a sense of pride in oneself. I believe without dignity it is almost impossible to have self-worth. How can you pull yourself up from a difficult situation without believing in yourself? Being bullied because of how you look, going through an abusive situation, experiencing extreme poverty, a career change – such as moving from military to civilian life. These are all life situations that any one of us or our children can go through. You see, no one is immune from losing their sense of dignity.
What impact has Dignity U Wear had on the countless children, families in crisis, homeless and veterans we have served? Giving someone that very gift of dignity can be life-altering. Can we really comprehend what this means to those who need it the most? Those who may feel helpless after experiencing a life event beyond their control? Those who lose everything and have to live on the streets? I truly believe that the gift of dignity, in a simple gesture such as new fitted clothing, can help pick someone up and spark that belief in themselves again, is something no words can even describe. Without self respect, what is there really? Dignity helps people to keep moving forward, even under difficult circumstances.
Dignity U Wear has donated millions of units of new product nationwide to millions of individuals in need over the past 16 years. Together with apparel donors and financial contributors Dignity U Wear has provided self-esteem and dignity to those who need to feel connected to one another, to be cared about and to then feel hopeful.
I am proud to be on the Dignity U Wear team and with your support, many more people can be served. Together we can change lives, together we can give the gift of dignity!
‘She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.’ Proverbs 31.25
Read Our November Newsletter Here.
Charitybuzz Auction a Wonderful Success
Thank you to everyone who participated in Dignity U Wear’s auction on Charitybuzz which raised over $5,000. We so appreciate Brooks Brothers and the Jacksonville Jaguars for donating the auction items.
1818 Suit from Brooks Brothers: Impeccably constructed inside and out, the Brooks Brothers Made to Measure Suit is perfect for a gentleman looking for a distinguished look for every occasion. Value $2,500
Jacksonville Jaguars Experience:Watch the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos from the Owner’s Suite on December 4, Plus Pre-Game Sideline Field Passes and a Parking Pass. Value $1,800
Dignity U Wear Welcomes New President
Link to story on jacksonville.com
Dignity U Wear, one of Jacksonville’s most highly regarded nonprofit organizations announces the appointment of Nicole Brose of Atlantic Beach as President effective October 3, 2016. Founded in 2000 by Henri Landwirth, Dignity U Wear has collected and distributed more $160.5 million of brand new clothing to more than 210 partner agencies across the country.
Brose, who will spearhead marketing, community relations and development outreach, brings to the organization a wealth of nonprofit management experience, most recently as Development Director for First Coast No More Homeless Pets.
“It’s an honor to be appointed President of Dignity U Wear, an organization that has long had my profound admiration,” said Brose. “After reading Henri Landwirth’s book Gift of Life over a decade ago, I became inspired by his story and the founding of this transforming organization. I look forward to generating even more awareness and support so we can continue giving the gift of dignity to men, women, children and veterans in need nationwide.”
Brose is a graduate of Purdue University where she studied Business Administration, Management and Psychology. She has served on several nonprofit Boards during her career and counts among them mayoral appointments, mentoring organizations, women’s health initiatives and animal welfare organizations.
“Dignity U Wear is an organization that has a tremendous impact in Northeast Florida and around the country,” said Parker McCrary, Chairman of the Board and Director, Intermodal Product Development at CSX Transportation. “With the appointment of Nicole as President, we have created an organizational structure that will strengthen our presence in Jacksonville and establish the foundation as a truly national organization. Nicole is an experienced nonprofit leader who knows Jacksonville and understands the importance of building strong communities. She has a background in education, organizational development and fundraising. We are pleased to welcome Nicole into the family.”
Santa Train Rides Again
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.
Welcoming New Apparel Partner SockGuy
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.
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.
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
Women’s Lunch Place clothing closet
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.