How Hip Are you? Working Wardrobes Moves to Beautiful New Location with Exciting Fundraising Campaign

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Donors can help clients find employment and achieve self-sufficiency by owning square feet of the new Working Wardrobes office building.

We need support from donors who want to invest in our building so they can make the power of a paycheck a reality for thousands of additional clients.

Well into their 26th year, the team at Orange County nonprofit Working Wardrobes ( gears up to move from their Costa Mesa location into a new 22,500 square ft. Irvine office. The nonprofit, which provides a full suite of career development services to help make the power of a paycheck a reality for those in need, has launched an exciting fundraising campaign called “Hip to be Square” ( so that donors can ‘own’ square footage of the new office space. The fundraising campaign supports the move and allows Working Wardrobes to expand its life changing services to reach hundreds of additional clients each year.

Jerri Rosen, founder and CEO of Working Wardrobes, says the move – while unexpected – comes at a critical time as her organization has outgrown its current space and continues to expand its services for men, women, and young adults to include innovative programs for veterans, their spouses, and caregivers.

“Hip to be Square is a wonderful way for donors to be a part of our new journey as we head into the next 25 years," said Rosen. “We were lucky to find the perfect space to expand our operations, but it requires a lot of updates to become an inviting and welcoming career center for our clients, donors, and volunteers. We need support from donors who want to invest in our building so they can make the power of a paycheck a reality for thousands of additional clients.”

For a tax deductible donation of $10, $50, $100, $500, $1000 (or more), donors can own square footage of the new Working Wardrobes building located in the beautiful Irvine Business Complex. Donors can also turn up the volume on their contributions by owning an entire office, board room, dressing room, or other key areas of the new office space. And because this new location comes with a long-term 12 year lease, donors can set aside monthly donations throughout 2016 and beyond to own their piece of the building on an ongoing basis, and to help Working Wardrobes serve thousands of additional clients in need.

All donors will receive special recognition with their names prominently displayed on “squares” on the Working Wardrobes Hall of Fame, in the main hallway of the new office space.

“Transition is always challenging, whether we’re helping our clients move to a new phase of their lives or whether we’re moving to a new location,” said Derek Benson, Working Wardrobes Board Chair and VP of Operations at Union Bank. “That’s why the love and support of generous donors is so instrumental to our organization’s success. We need serious fundraising right now, but most importantly, we want ongoing support from the community and from businesses in our area to help transform the lives of our clients – today, and for the next 25 years.”

The new Working Wardrobes facility is 6,000 square feet larger than the nonprofit’s current office space, and will feature twice as many career training rooms and nearly double the number of computer lab stations; a much larger community room for client meetings, events, and educational workshops; and additional warehouse space to process increased clothing donations. This is critical as the organization serves more clients and continues to open more resale shops throughout Orange County. For Working Wardrobes, an increase in finding equates to the nonprofit’s ability to serve more clients.

In addition to monetary donations, Working Wardrobes also needs in-kind donations such as furniture and office supplies for its move.

To find out how you can support the Working Wardrobes Hip to be Square campaign, visit or call (714) 210-2460.

About Working Wardrobes
Working Wardrobes does everything in its power to help men, women, young adults, and veterans overcome difficult challenges so they can achieve the dignity of work. The organization provides career training, job placement assistance, and professional wardrobe services in an environment of dignity and respect. Since its inception in1990, Working Wardrobes has served over 85,000 clients, including hundreds of veterans.

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