Dress for Success San Antonio has been awarded a grant of $50,000 from the Kymberly and George Rapier Charitable Trust. The funds will be used for continuance and capacity building for the three existing programs that help women: the Career Center, which offers comprehensive tools for job search, resume building, interviewing, workshops, and discussion groups; the Suiting Program, which provides clients with interview and workplace appropriate apparel at no cost to them; and the Professional Women's Group, an on-going support and education program focusing on job retention and upward mobility.
“Dress for Success San Antonio provides an extraordinary service in this community, and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Kymberly Rapier, of the Kymberly and George Rapier Charitable Trust. “The important work of this organization cannot be overlooked, and undoubtedly strengthens our entire community. We are confident that our support of Dress for Success San Antonio will help more women become true success stories.”
“We are extremely grateful for the generous gift from the Rapiers and are humbled by their commitment to help women in our city who are experiencing homelessness,” says Pamela Taylor, CEO/Executive Director of Dress for Success San Antonio.
According to Ms. Taylor, “Sixty-seven percent of our clients are initially homeless. For them, the “success” part of Dress for Success means finding a job, getting a roof over their heads, and putting food on the table for their children. For us, “success” is measured over the longer term, which a woman in crisis usually cannot even imagine. We can see the big picture and understand that job retention, building a career wardrobe, financial literacy, networking in the business world, leadership training, moving ahead in a meaningful and rewarding job are the building blocks of long-term career and personal success.”
About the Kymberly and George Rapier Charitable Trust
Kymberly Rapier and her husband, George M. Rapier III, M.D., are the executors of the Kymberly and George Rapier Charitable Trust, which has distributed more than $5 million to local charitable causes since forming in 2006 and in plan to donate more than $1.2 million in 2010. The Trust targets causes that help disadvantaged children and families, homeless animals, seniors and healthcare.
About Dress for Success San Antonio
Dress for Success San Antonio is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that is affiliated with Dress for Success Worldwide. Since September 2002, Dress for Success San Antonio has served more than 4,500 economically disadvantaged women from the area with programs for economic and social development, encouraging self-sufficiency through career development and employment retention. Dress for Success San Antonio was recognized as the “2009 Professional Women’s Group Affiliate of the Year,” out of more than 100 affiliates in nine countries.