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CPS Recruitment Runs Clothing Drive For Women’s Opportunity Center

The Women’s Opportunity Center in Syracuse has a clothing closet filled with free business clothes for women in its program to use. (c) 2018 Andrew Rubino

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By Andrew Rubino SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — CPS Recruitment, a recruitment center based in Syracuse, is running the seventh annual Second Chance Clothing Drive for the Women’s Opportunity Center in Syracuse.

The partnership between the two entities helps provide clothes for the WOC’s clothing closet. The closet allows women re-entering the professional work field to have access to free business clothes.

“Our ladies who come to our program lack interview clothing, professional clothing to wear to an interview, as well as on the job. So they (CPS) help us get suits, jackets, blouses, accessories to help clothe our ladies,” said Joyce Groth, a career development coach at the WOC.

CPS has been receiving donations for the WOC’s clothing closet since last Monday. Groth said CPS stores all of the donations for now, but she expects the annual delivery to once again include truckloads of clothing for the WOC.

Elizabeth Chapman, of Fayetteville, uses the clothes at the WOC.

“I wouldn’t have clothes for work if it wasn’t for the closet here at the Women’s Opportunity Center. Basically, to try to find plus-size clothing to begin with is rough, and to try to find it at a reasonable price, very difficult,” Chapman said. “So, I’ve had a wonderful time being able to get clothes that, you know, matter.”

The WOC also offers resources other than clothing such as the Journey to Success program. The program is an eight-week course where women learn computer training skills such as Microsoft Office and also participate in various workshops.

The WOC’s programs are funded by the New York State Department of Labor, according to Groth. Groth explained women qualify for the free programs if they are displaced homemakers, meaning they were stay-at-home moms who no longer receive financial support from a spouse.

CPS continues to collect clothing for the Second Chance Clothing Drive at their Liverpool offices through April 30. The CPS offices are located at 904 7th Street.