We are getting SO close to opening this fantastic learning space, but need your help to obtain a few more items to make our training center complete. We hope that you’ll help us as we empower women to achieve economic independence!
Dress for Success Billings has been empowering women in the Billings community for over 18 years and have served over 7200 women. 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, in addition to helping women gain confidence in themselves, 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. Here, 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.
Our Career Center program provides professional development workshops, computer training, mentoring, and soon financial education and health and wellness classes. Due to the growth of this program, we have opened a second location – our new Training Center facility! This space will allow for frequent learning opportunities as well as open computer lab hours where women can complete job applications or write a resume with the assistance of staff and volunteers.