Waco: Esther’s Closet will provide women with job interview attire

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The CenTex African American Chamber of Commerce will host a grand opening Tuesday for Esther’s Closet, which will provide women with attire for job interviews.

It's an initiative that addresses an aspect of poverty in the Greater Waco community.

One of the reasons women often don't get the jobs they want is they simple don't dress the part.

"One of the things that we would have to teach people is that Spandex is not for everything and it's not for everyone and I've had people come on a job interview wearing Spandex looking like they just left a sports event or nightclub,” said Laveda Brown, CEO and president of the CenTex African American Chamber of Commerce.

Clients will go through orientation where they'll talk about body shapes and proper attire.

The will go over interview techniques and even participate in mock interviews.

Brown says Esther's Closet has support from the Baylor community,
Alice Starr, the wife of Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, Christian Women's Jobs Corp, and even a $20,000 contribution from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Esther's Closet aims to help women out of poverty by teaching them how to get and keep a job.

Right now more volunteers are needed to help with the program and more clothing and accessory items are needed.

The grand opening is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday on the Paul Quinn Campus.

For more information call (254) 235-3204.