|Robert Walls (left) with members of |
Spearheading the suit drive was Robert Walls, member of the Frontiers International, a volunteer based company whose mission is advancement through service. He is also a US Air Force veteran of 20 years.
"Wearing a suit has a massive effect on confidence - especially when looking for work. If we can help individuals to feel more confident when going to interviews, and therefore increase their chances of getting a job, then the drive will have been a resounding success."
While the majority of suits came from their members, the group also reached out to department stores, like Macy's.
A recent beneficiary is employment-seeking Tony B., 49, who came to HVAF in August 2013 after following a period of homelessness. Tony said: "I recently attended a job interview; for the interview I wore a suit donated to HVAF because I wanted to make a good impression."
Ten suits, twenty shirts and more than a dozen shoes were donated this month.