Carol Grant : "They didn't get the job for me I still had to search and get the job."
While the suit helped her get a job. Carol says Dress for Success helped her in other areas as well.
"It's more than what you see on the outer side. They dress you on the inner side. They make you to be a leader. A role model, Crystal Webster, had just had a baby and was fresh out of college when she went to an interview wearing the wrong clothing."
"It was actually what I thought to be interview attire, but the gentleman at the interview told me 'well, you don't have on a jacket and you're not presentable unless you wear a jacket'. Well, I actually had on slacks and what a woman would wear —Î¾you know, a blouse."
Crystal didn't have the money for a suit. And when dress for success helped her out she landed a job the next week. Now she works for Congressman Al Green.
The business office and storeroom has been busy since Hurricane Ike, but Dress for Success founder Nancy Levicki believes the work they do is transforming entire families.
"If a child grows up seeing their mother work, the majority of the time the most important influence on a child is their mother and for us 96 percent of our clients are single moms. And so when you look at the impact that has on the Houston community, it becomes even more significant."
They raised a record 430-thousand dollars at their celebration dinner. And whether you were a donor or on the receiving end, that was a reason to dance.
Bill Stamps. KUHF Houston Public Radio News.