IN NEW YORK CITY THE CHOICE IS EASY…
It is difficult to truly grasp the challenges our clients face in seeking employment. Many of our clients are new to their job search, some are single parents struggling to support their families and others conduct their job search from shelters or after incarceration. Think back to when you were looking for a job. Remember all that went into making your job search successful: purchasing the appropriate attire; creating a professional resume; the cost of travel; career coaching, etc.?
The reality is services related to professional job searches are expensive, costing an estimate of $650.00.
With your support more than 3,000 Bottomless Closet clients this year will receive clothing, resume preparation, interview coaching and other services at no cost to them. Bottomless Closet provides services that are critical to help build the skills and self-confidence women need to enter the workforce so that they don’t have to make those difficult choices.
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A recent AMNY article states that: “Those looking to live alone would need to make $38.80 an hour — a giant leap from the current $8.75 minimum wage — to afford the city’s median asking rent of $2,690 a month — according to a report by Street Easy, a real estate listings site. Manhattan, naturally, is the most costly borough, requiring renters to make $44 an hour, followed by Brooklyn ($35.87), Queens ($29.67), Staten Island ($26.21) and the Bronx ($21.26).”
This recent article on thebrokeandbeautifullife.com details the cost of living for a single person. “How much do you need to live in #NYC? About $40k per year.” Most of Bottomless Closet clients live at or below the poverty level, 61% receive public assistance.
“In New York City, the cost of child care is increasing $1,612 per year.” This is up from the 2009 average of $730. Read more of Senator’s Gillibrand’s report.
Many women must choose between paying for basic needs and buying an interview suit.
Bottomless Closet has estimated that a professional outfit can cost up to if not more than $100. Taking in consideration the labels that are donated to Bottomless Closet, we looked at 2 local department stores (H&M and Macy’s) that carry professional clothing in our client’s average size of 14 and included the purchase of shoes at a discount shoe store (Payless Shoesource).