Suit drive helps those in reentry program find work - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Suit drive helps those in reentry program find work

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Men’s Warehouse is hosting its annual suit drive to help those unemployed. It’s a month-long drive accepting gently-used professional clothes.

“You can donate any suits, sports coats, ties, accessories, and even women's clothing,” said Wardrobe Consultant, Ryan McCorquodale. “It goes to a good cause, people trying to get back into the workforce.”

Donated items go towards the local reentry program.

“It was designed to reach community resources to help parolees and probationers get into the society and get a job,” said District Administrator of the Lake Charles Department of Public Safety and Corrections District, Charles Finkley.

The purpose of the drive is to help build confidence.

“A lot of people transitioning back into the work force, they need apparel for that first interview and we want to help build people's self-esteem,” said McCorquodale.

Finkley also said it gives newly released individuals a chance.

“The suit drive is big part because it gives them a professional look,” said Finkley. “They have a harder time getting employment than the rest of us because of their record and a professional look goes a long way.”

The drive continues all month. Anyone who donates will receive 50% off their next purchase.

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