Wednesday, December 20th, 2017


Dress for Success of Northern New Jersey – 10 Counties is a chapter of a national nonprofit organization that focuses on offering long-lasting solutions to enable disadvantaged women to break the cycle of poverty and to help them to achieve economic stability.Morris Freeholders Honor Non-Profit

DFS of Northern New Jersey, based in Madison, serves more than 1,400 women in Morris County and surrounding counties.

Earlier this year, a fire ravaged its operation in Madison, hampering the efforts of this group to help the many woman who call on its services.

However, Dress for Success Northern New Jersey – 10 Counties last week celebrated its move to a newly refurbished space located in the Madison Community House with a special ribbon cutting.

Morris Freeholders Honor Non-Profit

Freeholder Deborah Smith (center) presents county resolution to (left) former DFS Board President Bette Schulz and DFS Executive Director Mary Jean Barnes

“Dress for Success is continuing its life-changing work for women who need a leg up to succeed professionally and personally,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Deborah Smith, who attended the re-opening ceremony on behalf of the entire county governing board.

“Their work has real impact in important ways, by making a difference in women’s lives and the lives of those around them,’’ added Freeholder Smith.

Dressed for Success’s mission is to provide clients with necessary programs and resources, such as career development tools, training, and networking that will help them thrive in the workplace and in life, so both they and their families can live better and safer lives.

More than 40 percent of women who were without jobs in New Jersey in 2016 were unemployed for more than 27 weeks, and comprise the majority of the state’s low-wage workers. Studies show that the longer a woman is out of work, the less likely she is to obtain full-time employment.

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