Clothes The Deal (Downey)
September 20, 2015
Clothes The Deal, (www.clothesthedeal.org) a non-profit organization, assists low income adults and at risk youth by providing them with business attire for job interviews and work etiquette workshops to assist in obtaining employment.
Operating out of Downey, CTD serves the local communities including Bell, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Paramount, and South Gate. Two of CTD’s employees Katherine Ruckman and Lupita Villegas were born and raised in Downey. Both Katherine and Lupita find CTD’s work fulfilling, and enjoy helping client’s find the right outfit. Since 1995, because of Clothes The Deal efforts, 52,000 people have secured employment.
Through corporate clothing drives and donations directly from manufacturers and retailers, CTD collects approximately 34,000 ready-to-wear pieces of clothing in a year. In 2014 more than 90 organizations and government agencies were served, providing clothing to 4,558 jobseekers. CTD also offers a clothing boutique in the City of Downey, which enables jobseekers to try on and select their perfect interview outfit.
Currently in its 20th year of service, Clothes The Deal continues to make a positive impact in our communities by providing services for jobseekers that have proven to boost their self-esteem and assist them in obtaining employment. Overall, the organization provides an “enriching experience” for their clients and clothing donors, who see the benefit of the donations they make.
Thank you CTD, the work and what you do to uplift people is greatly appreciated. The simple gift of clothing is the helping hand that is giving people hope and support for a brighter future.