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Suit Drive Begins in Reno

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A suit drive began this month to collect professional clothing for Reno's unemployed, and that's not the only free program in town to help them out. At the Reno Men’s Wearhouse store across from Meadowood Mall, manager Matthew Sadler shows off a nice suit, worn by a mannequin behind the cash register: "Well, this is Calvin Klein, 2-button suit. It has a nice subtle pattern to it..."

You've heard it before: clothes make the man. Matthew has seen the proof from a friend he dressed for the prom, then a job interview. “It was a professional job, he needed clothing. Then I got to see him a couple weeks later. He came in and he said 'I want you to help me out because now I need to get dressed for work.'"

Which is why Men's Wearhouse holds a once a year suit just started up again and will last through the month of July. They're asking for donations of professional clothing to change men from homeless to employed, and to give them plenty of hope. As Sadler described the Power of the Suit, "When you dress up, you give yourself a feeling of greater intelligence, greater confidence. You carry yourself."

Pieter Droog can relate to that. He’s branch manager at Pronet Reno, the nonprofit organization formed to help out of work professionals. Pronet holds free training and seminars on how to find a job. Years ago he saw a need for a room full of donated clothes across the hall from his offices. As he told us, "There are a lot of people who do not have the money to afford a suit or sport coat or dress."

As he told us, those leaving the workforce donate to those getting back in. "People who retire, who say 'I'll never wear another suit again', or 'I only need one suit,' they'll contribute their clothing."

Unlike Men’s Wearhouse, Pronet and its parent organization JOIN Inc (which stands for Job Opportunities in Nevada) offers a rack of womens clothes too. Executive director Ann Silver picked out an ensemble for us: "We would take a nice pair of slacks. We would look for this top that goes with it...we would match that and for the winter, this turtleneck."

Once they do the trick at the interview, they’re also for the first days on the job…to find and keep the jobs that will give them their life back…giving them a life of self-sufficiency.

It all comes at no cost for the person who needs them. Back at Men's Wearhouse, the suits Matthew collects will be sent out to begin their second life. One donated suit already did. As he remembers, “He put on a suit for the first time in his entire life. And he just walked around and said, 'I feel like a hundred bucks.'"

You can donate your gently used clothing, shoes and belts at any Men’s Wearhouse location through July 31st. And all donors receive 50% off their next Men’s Wearhouse purchase.

And to get some job seeking help for free from JOIN Inc and Pronet, click the link below:

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