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News from Dress for Success San Antonio
Dress for Success San Antonio

September, 2011

Dress for Success San Antonio
A Summer of Celebration
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Our best SUIT is SUCCESS Summer / Fall 2011

Welcome to the Dress for Success San Antonio newsletter.  We want to thank you for taking the time to support our organization whether through the company you work for or through your individual donations. 

As we bid farewell to another record breaking summer heatwave, we want to remind everyone that the needs of the women we serve do not disappear.  Each day we welcome into our agency, new women with their stories of struggle and hardship, some with only the clothes on their back,  and we help them.  We work hard to help these women and their families not only secure employment, but stay employed.  For many Americans this has been a very tough year, perhaps even the toughest on record.  For individuals who were already suffering the effects of poverty, it has been devastating.  With a stagnating economy, the future for some people may seem bleak, but here at Dress for Success San Antonio, we provide our women with the skills they need to survive and thrive.   

TEDxHot off the press...
It was confirmed this week that our CEO, Pamela Taylor, has been selected as a speaker for this year's TEDx ( event. 

From their website: What is TEDx? TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSanAntonio, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSanAntonio event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.


So what is TED? TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at

WonderlandFashionShowLet's Celebrate!  


Friday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.


You are cordially invited to attend a fashion show by Burlington Coat Factory, Stein Mart, School Yard, Image Avenue and Rainbow, benefitting Dress for Success San Antonio!


Clothing and canned food donations for our food pantry are being requested.


Let's join Wonderland of the Americas Mall as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary!



We invite our readers to view the incredible video that film producer Jesse Estrada created for us that tells the stories of several of the women whose lives have been positively impacted by Dress for Success San Antonio. (

Will you help us?

Will you help? 

Dress for Success San Antonio is a 501(c)(3) corporation.  We rely on the generosity of the public to help us carry out our mission. 


We serve our community through our workforce development program that has positively impacted the lives of over 5,000 women and 12,000 children since 2002.  Will you help us?  The Donate Now icon will take you to a secure website so that you may safely make a financial donation.  Feel confident knowing that each dollar invested in our organization generates a $69 return to the City of San Antonio! 


Thank you for helping to break the cycle of poverty in San Antonio.


cosaPartner Highlight  

On behalf of Dress for Success San Antonio, we extend a sincere "Thank You" to the Mayor, the City Manager and the City Council of San Antonio for their belief in our mission.  They continue to stand by us and are committed to our workforce development program.   

Summer 2011Donors 
This summer, Dress for Success San Antonio has been graced with the generocity of several local organizations.  The clothing donated has been a blessing because each article of dress attire that we receive becomes another outfit that we equip our women with when they go out for their first job interview!


On September 14th, Five Star delivered over 904 pieces of clothing!  Thanks to the generosity of their clientele, over four clothing racks were filled with donations!  Thanks to a partnership with Five Star Cleaner's owner, Sharlene Thum, customers can drop off gently used clothing for donation and Five Star Cleaners will clean the clothes for free and the donor will receive a coupon for dry-cleaning services and a tax donation receipt!


Thursday, September 8th, Light by Design hosted a fashion show with a clothing drive benefitting our organization.  We we very thankful to all the guests that donated clothing.


Friday, September 2nd, the Dominion Women's Forum hosted a fashion show in partnership with Neiman Marcus.  We were the beneficiary of some wonderful clothing items.  Thank you for making us the first charity to chosen to be honored in this way!


On August 3rd, Valero Volunteers demonstrated that they know how to conduct a "suit drive"!  They delivered to our offices, over three racks filled with suits for our women!  Thank you Laura Vacarro for helping to organize such a successful clothing drive!



calendarMark Your Calendar!  

Dress for Success San Antonio is happy to announce that our Financial Literacy "Empowerment" Series will soon be starting.  Final details will be announced shortly.


Do you know a woman that is on public assistance, is eligible for public assistance and wants to be employed?  Call Elena Guajardo at (210) 737-1515 for more information.


In Rememberance

With over twenty years of experience working with the children of San Antonio.  Graciela's road led her to our doorway.  A survivor of cancer, Graciela had a special heart and ear for the women she worked with.  Ever ready to lend a shoulder to cry on or to take your hand to share a prayer of support, she inspired so many with her leadership of the Professional Women's Group. 
On September 8th, the staff at Dress for Success San Antonio held a memorial service for our dear friend.  Friends, clients and family came together to celebrate the life of Graciela and to share the stories of hope that she inspired in so many of the people that knew her. 


Did you know?

In 2001, Dr. Karen Kuhlthau and Dr. James Perrin published an article titled "Child Health Status and Parental Employment" in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showing a direct link between children's health and the employment status of parents.  We invite you to follow the above link and learn for yourself why it is so important that we help our women re-establish themselves in the workforce.  Beyond the economic measures of employment, we are helping to foster a healthier child. 

In This Issue
TEDx selects Pamela Taylor
Let's Celebrate!
Will you help?
Summer Donations
Staff Updates
Welcome to Elena Guajardo, Sharon Griffin and Gina Fernandini to our team.  
Upcoming Events


March 2012 - 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration - Keep your calendar open!  We will send out more information soon!


A Closing Thought...


In the paths that we walk, please realize that there is no chance encounter.  Each day we are introduced to new opportunities to make a difference, to change a life.  Dress for Success San Antonio invites you to take a pause and consider helping us, with your time, your talent, your treasure, or your new or gently unused apparel.  An investment with us generates results that benefit the entire city.


Contact Information

Director of Strategic Initiatives | Charles Villafranca | 210-737-1515


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The mission of Dress for Success® San Antonio is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Through job preparation, employment retention, and career development programs, Dress for Success San Antonio addresses the needs of low-income women by promoting economic security and self-sufficiency to break the chains of generational poverty and eliminate the need for public assistance.


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