The mission of Dress for Success Cincinnati is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

Our vision is a world where women do not live in poverty, are treated with dignity and respect and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors.


 
Upcoming Events



 
Join us! September 15, 2016
10:30 am @ JACK Casino Cincinnati
SAKS Fifth Avenue Fashion Show featuring ESCADA.

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Presenting Sponsor



Meet our 2016 Fashion Show Honorary Chair

Christine E. Neyer was a founding board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati.  We are pleased to honor her for the impact she had on our organization – and also for the incredible impact she has had on our entire community. A Cincinnati native, Chris began her lifelong career of volunteering as a student at St. Ursula Academy visiting sick children in a convalescent home. 

Since then, she has never stopped giving back to this city she calls home. Chris grew up with a deep love of music and the arts and it turned into a determination to support world-class culture in our community. A short list of some of her awards and involvements is very long! Cincinnati Enquirer: Woman of the Year, 1999; Northern Kentucky University: Commonwealth Society Award; Art Links, Cincinnati: Tribute Award, 2005; WCET Public Television Volunteer: Advocacy Leadership Award; Saint Ursula Academy: Alumni Board Member (past); Dress for Success Cincinnati:  Founding Board Member; Cincinnati/Kharkiv Sister Cities Association:  Board Member (past); Northern Kentucky University:  Friends of Fine Arts Board Member (past); Cincinnati May Festival Association: Board Member; Cincinnati Opera Guild: Board Member; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra:  Trustee (past); Cincinnati Public Radio, WGUC, Trustee (past); Art Links, Cincinnati, Trustee.

Chris is a 1964 graduate of Our Lady of Cincinnati College. She’s been married to Thomas L. Neyer, Sr. for 55 years and says her proudest accomplishment is raising wonderful children – Thomas L. Neyer, Jr.; Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Neyer, and John E. Neyer – all of whom also generously give back to their communities.

 
Meet our Fashion Show Chair

A relative newcomer to Cincinnati – just 2 ½ years in our city – Gina Goings is already making a name for herself as an event manager extraordinaire. She first joined the ranks of Dress for Success Cincinnati volunteers in early 2015 as a member of The Fashion Show committee and as a volunteer in the organization’s Going Places Network for clients. Just a year later, she took on the top job as The Fashion Show 2016 chair.

Gina says she has an “amazing committee” that makes the chair position a joy. “The passion and dedication of this committee is incredible. There are a thousand moving pieces in a project like this, and they are on top of every one.”

 “We are definitely expecting another sell-out event,” Gina says. “We are so excited that Saks Fifth Avenue is again presenting the runway show – and this year, they will feature their fabulous Escada collection of timeless elegance. It’s going to be a runway show like no other in Cincinnati. Dress for Success Cincinnati is such an enormous asset to our community, we want The Fashion Show to reflect its value and contribution to women’s lives.”

Gina’s event planning and management skills have been honed around the world. She and her husband and sons have lived in London and Toronto, as well as in Stamford, CT and Lynchburg, VA. They returned to Cincinnati to be close to family, and Gina credits her family               for inspiring her to get involved in giving back to her community wherever she lived. As proof of that inspiration, Gina was also event co-chair for A Springer Celebration! 2016, Springer School’s annual fundraiser on April 27 with fellow Springer School trustee and alumni parent, Martha Millett.

Gina and her husband, Bill, reside in Hyde Park. They have two sons, Bryden, studying at Syracuse University, and Chase, a freshman at Cincinnati Country Day.


 
 Current Volunteer Opportunities:


Donation Center
Assist staff with receiving and sorting clothing donations.
Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & First Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other times are also available, please contact Debbie Wesseler at dwesseler@dfscincy.org or 513.322.1792.

Click here to sign up!

We also need volunteers for the program below. It would be great to have a group from the same company but individuals are welcome, too. 

October 22 The Art of Conversation sponsored by the Links and Luxottica

We need 24 volunteers to help with logistics to do the following:

  • Be in-room support for the facilitators (paperwork, organizing, sorting participant work)
  • Runners for the facilitators (water, paper, etc.)
  • Set-up and clean-up (may require moving 6 ft tables and chairs, room set-ups). These individuals could come on site early morning 7:30-9:30 am and then in the afternoon 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Event details
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: Event 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Attire: Business casual / professional
Location: 4000 Luxottica Place, Mason, OH 45040Contact: Alena O'Donnell aodonnell@dfscincy.org

   
 
DeAnna Hoskins to Become Justice Department Senior Policy Advisor
DeAnna Hoskins will be leaving her position as Director of Hamilton County's re-entry program to become Senior Policy Advisory for Corrections/Re-Entry at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. She has been a Dress for Success Cincinnati Board member since 2013 and was one of the first women we served when we opened our doors in 1999.

Read the story in the Cincinnati Enquirer!

Also read why Cincinnati Employers may want to hire ex-offenders.

   
  Now Hiring!
Representatives from Patriot Roofing, Lowe's and Walgreen's participated in a Career Panel for our Going Places Network members. Here's what they had to say"

Ceasar Sanchez, founder and owner of Patriot Roofing told our women how his mother instilled the work ethic he now has and admires. "Be positive," he says. That's the key to working at his company.

Long-time employer partner, Curtis Foster, Human Resources Manager for Lowe's, says customer service is the key to success at his company.

Ben Dance, store manager for Walgreen's Corryville, is looking for dependable, adaptable and flexible employees. "Your smile is key," he says. "I can teach you the rest."

All three of these companies are hiring. Got a background? If you are up front, honest and willing to work, they want you to be part of their team.
 
Job Search Help Available
Clients who visit our Career Center get access to computers, printers and the internet. They also get valuable assistance from volunteers like Gina Goings and Christine Dauenhauer who work with them on interviewing skills, resumes and job search advice.

Help! We Need Jewelry, Handbags and Plus Size Clothing.

Our inventory is running low due to the increased need for our services. So, clean out your closet and donate new and gently used women's clothing and accessories to Dress for Success Cincinnati. We are in particular need of shoes, purses, jewelry and plus sizes. Interview- and work-appropriate clothing will be given to women in need who are entering the workforce. Designer, dressy and casual attire and accessories will be sold in our Portaluca Boutiques with proceeds going to support our programs for disadvantaged women. Click for more information on how to donate clothing.