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

October, 2011

Dress for Success San Antonio
A Harvest of Hope
Our best SUIT is SUCCESS October 2011
Pamela with TitleGreetings!

Welcome to the Dress for Success® San Antonio newsletter!   As I write this, we are now a couple of weeks into Autumn and today, we are welcoming the first really cool temperatures in our area!  Pumpkin prices are higher than normal and of course, in short supply, due to the Texas drought.  What isn't in short supply though are the needs of the women and children we serve at Dress for Success San Antonio.  Their needs are with us each and everyday.

As you may know October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  What you may not be aware of is that 90% of our clients are victims of domestic violence.  During the last four years, we have seen a 234% increase in the number of clients we have served.  Our doors are open five days a week helping women to feed their families, to find shelter, to help them discover who they are, to help them uncover their potential, to help them identify their dream job, to help them interview and finally to help them look their best at their job! 

Thank you for helping to spread the good word about us to your friends and colleagues.  It makes a difference.  We sincerely appreciate the telephone calls asking how to support our organization.  Our ability to help is dependent upon your charitableness.  If you can give of your time, your talent, your warddrobe, or your treasure, your help is greatly appreciated.   If your company is looking for an organization to support this holiday season, I hope that you will share this newsletter with them.  We are always seeking new corporate partners that are committed to helping women survive and thrive!

TEDx in San Antonio a Success!


Congratulations to Pamela Taylor and to all the other guest speakers that came out this weekend to share their heartfelt thoughts and loves with their audience at Trinity University.




Capital One, Orsinger, AetnaBeyond the Suit: Financial Literacy


Did you know that beyond the workforce development programs we also offer financial literacy classes?  Spanning nine weeks, Elena Guajardo along with the support of our sponsors, Capital One, the Orsinger Foundation and Aetna, delivers the information necessary to help women in need secure the financial future for themselves and their households. 


Held each Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Margarita Huantes Literacy Learning Center (1411 Guadalupe Street, 78207) our ladies are led on a journey towards financial EMPOWERMENT!  Call our office to sign up today!


October Sponsors

September Donors


As summer closed out, we were excited to have the help and support of several local organizations.  Dress for Success San Antonio was the recipient of over 100 cases of clothing from dressbarn!


Akin Gump Straus Hauer and Feld, LLP, held a professional suit drive that was very successful! 


We were glad to meet Daiichi-Sankyo representative,  Mary Gunwall!  What a great clothing drive you all were able to put on!  Daiichi-Sankyo learned about Dress for Success after a company conference in Denver, Colorado revealed our wonderful organization to them.  Upon returning to Texas, Mary and her team found us here in San Antonio.

Sugarbear!  What more can be said?  This summer, Rackspace loaned us one of their most prized resources to give an in-service training.  All of our staff were in attendance for the class.  Thanks Sugarbear, for making the lessons on Fanatical Support® fun!

Five Star Cleaners continues to be the premier dry cleaner for Dress for Success San Antonio.  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 and deliver the clothes for free, and the donor will receive a coupon for dry-cleaning services and a tax donation receipt!


donatenowWill you help us?

Did you know you could change the life of a woman and her children for as little as $2 a day?  The Donate Now icon will take you to a secure website so that you may safely make a financial investment to help stop the cycle of generational poverty and domestic violence in San Antonio.

Do you have a closet full of potential donations and were unsure what to do with them?  Think Dress for Success San Antonio.  Your clothing, your shoes, your purses, your jewelry will help one of our ladies smile a little bigger on her first job interview.


Are you an independent retailer for makeup and other women's accessories?  Are you wanting to find a way to give back to a great cause?  Are you looking for a tax-break and a way to build your business?  Host a Dress for Success makeup/accessory party!  Tout your business and encourage your customers to buy a item (makeup, jewelry, accessories) to support a woman at Dress for Success San Antonio! 


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

SadovskyHot off the press


Come get your holiday shopping done early!  Please join us on October 20, 2011 at the new location of Mark Sadovsky Jeweler (210-377-1818, 13133 NW Military Hwy, 78231) and support Dress for Success San Antonio!


To help bring in this holiday season, Mark Sadovsky Jeweler will donate 50% of all profits, for this one day only event!


This year, let the gift you give, bring a lasting impact to the lives of the many deserving women at Dress for Success San Antonio!


Thank you Mark and Ellen Sadovsky for being the premier jeweler of Dress for Success San Antonio and for helping us brighten the future for the women we serve.

In This Issue
TEDx in San Antonio a Success
Beyond the Suit: Financial Literacy
September Donors
Will you help us?
Hot off the Press
Join Our Mailing List!
Upcoming Events


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


A Closing Thought...


On October 13th, while walking back to my desk, and past a client sitting at a job-search workstation, I overheard her giddy whisper of accomplishment, "I have a job!"  When I inquired what she had said, she whispered it even louder, her eyes were bubbling with tears.  This and stories like these demonstrate the work Dress for Success San Antonio is able to do accomplish with the women we serve.


Contact Information

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

P.O. Box 91036 

San Antonio, Texas 78209


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 The mission of Dress for Success San Antonio is to address 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 through job preparation, employment retention, and career development programs.


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