Dress for Success Billings has been empowering women in the Billings community for the past 18 years and have served over . Women are referred to our program from an ever-increasing list of partners, including Passages, HRDC, The Salvation Army, Women & Family Shelter, Office of Public Assistance, Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley, Job Service, and the YWCA to name a few. All women who are returning to work or entering the workforce for the first time are eligible for our services, regardless of their income.
Through our program, we not only help women gain confidence in themselves, but we provide education and life-long skills needed for them to successfully gain and maintain employment. Our vision is a world where women do not live in poverty, are treated with dignity and respect, and are contributing members of their community, earning a livable wage for themselves and their family. In the state of Montana, 15.8% of women are considered low-income, compared to their male counterpart at 14%. Poverty, incarceration, lack of training or education, and lack of child care are some contributions to unemployment in low-income women in Billings and surrounding communities. In Montana, a livable wage for one adult plus one child is $23.29 per hour although the median wage for a full-time, year-round working woman in Montana is $31,696 (approximately $15.24/hour). In Montana, women are paid $0.74 for every $1.00 paid to men.
We work with a variety of women, ages 18+ with ALL body types. We are fortunate to receive many great clothing donations from members of our community, but in order to meet the need of everyone woman who walks through our door, we sometimes need to purchase additional clothing sizes. Often times, these items includes sizes 0, 2, 14, 16, 18, & 22 black dress pants – a staple piece for any interview that can easily be converted into work clothing. We also provide black, non-slip work shoes, which we purchase new for clients. Many of our clients are entering the service industry, such as food service, housekeeping, or CNA work and are required to wear non-slip shoes. Because they have such a limited income, they cannot afford to buy a pair of their own. By having non-slip shoes in stock, we are eliminating this barrier and making it easier for women to go to work. In 2017, we purchased over 130 pairs of shoes to assist women as they go to work.
With your assistance, we’ll guarantee that we have clothing items in stock to accommodate every women in our program.