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Threads for Success

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

Tallahassee, Florida- July 18, 2012- 11:48pm

Phillip Harvey is 30 years old, a Tallahassee native and a graduate of Keiser's culinary program. He's also struggling to start a career.

"I'm in limbo. Can't get employment, I've been unemployed since February,"said Harvey.

A local non-profit that helps people get back on their feet is helping Harvey figure out how to start a business. Now that he has the knowledge, he needs the look.

"I've just got my collared shirt on, but when I get a business suit, something I can put on, a jacket, everything and look the part, I think it'll be better, people will take me more serious," said Harvey.

To help men like Harvey, Men's Wearhouse is having a national suit drive and asking for donations of gently used suits.

"When you have a good suit that fits well, you have a better posture, more confidence, and a person who sees you for who you are, it translates to success, to things that are positive," said Gary Calixte, the store manager at the Men's Wearhouse in Tallahassee.

In the past, in Tallahassee alone, they've collected up to 700 suits. Those suits then go to Workforce Plus to distribute.

"Contact Workforce Plus, they will be available at each of our offices. There are suits already available, we've already completed our first pickup of over 100 items," said Kimberly Moore, the CEO of Workforce Plus.

Those 100 suits will go a long way to give men like Harvey the confidence they need to achieve their dreams.

The suit drive started on July 1st and ends on July 31st. Workforce Plus says this drive is in its fourth year in Tallahassee. You can also donate completer pieces of suits such as belts, ties and shoes.


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