From left to right Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell, St. Francis House staff members Henry Bullain, and Jimmy Bey carry in the more than 100 articles of smart casual clothing and business attire donated through the “Suits for Success” program.
Dedham, MA – Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell donated a carload of smart casual clothing, business attire, and wool coats totaling more than 100 articles of clothing to St. Francis House in Boston through the “Suits for Success” program.
The often-taken-for-granted suit or dress clothes hidden away in the back closet and only occasionally seeing the light of day may seem to some like an unfortunate necessity. However, for those looking to regain self-sufficiency, quality clothing can be that extra push they need and help them on the path to success.
“These clothes will be put to good use and appreciated by the thousands who come to St. Francis House each year for a fresh pair of clothes in times of need,” said Keri Thomas, St. Francis House Vice President of Programs and Services. “It is so valuable and necessary in getting individuals ready for the next step and help them to become more independent.”
St. Francis House’s mission is to rebuild lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty. They aim to transform lives using a holistic approach to understanding and addressing behavioral health, housing, and employment needs.
Register O’Donnell remarked, “It is my great pleasure to deliver these clothing donations to Boston’s St. Francis House on behalf of the residents of Norfolk County. I thank all those who donated to our ‘Suits for Success’ program, and I hope other local residents and businesses will consider making a clothing donation to their local nonprofit organization. Organizations like the St. Francis House are truly needed and are a great resource for the community.”
St. Francis House has been aiding the community since 1984. They provide a range of services, including clinical care, behavioral health services, and job counseling. They also offer food, clothing, and affordable and low-threshold housing to those in need.
“Donations like this help ensure the physical and emotional safety of our guests and assist in the process of changing the trajectory of their lives and moving beyond homelessness,” said Thomas. “It offers choices to people who have had total control of their lives taken away, and this is the final touch that can help individuals land a job and help them on their path to becoming self-sufficient.
Since the Registry started the “Suits for Success” program in February 2009, it has distributed more than 11,200 articles of clothing to local charitable organizations.
The “Suits for Success” program, developed by Register O’Donnell, partners with groups like Interfaith Social Services of Quincy, Father Bill’s & MainSpring of Quincy, the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System Voluntary Service Program, Circle of Hope in Needham, United Parish’s Thrifty Threads, St. Vincent de Paul in Plainville, St. Francis House in Boston, Suits and Smiles in Jamaica Plain, InnerCity Weightlifting and New Life Furniture Bank of Massachusetts in Walpole to assist those who are in need of clothing as well as household items. The mission of “Suits for Success” is to collect donations of suitable clothing to be distributed to individuals who may need appropriate attire for employment interviews.
“During the past decade, we have learned that programs like ‘Suits for Success’ work,” said O’Donnell. “This program has given many people a valuable resource to help them on the path to success and may ultimately help them achieve self-sufficiency. It is rewarding just to help others in our community who may be looking to take that next step in a search for a job or just have a suit to go to a wedding or other event.”