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Suits to Careers closing Lebanon office, expanding mobile services

Nonprofit hopes changes allow greater reach

A Central Pennsylvania nonprofit that helps people prepare for jobs is closing a regional office while expanding its mobile services for clients.

Suits to Careers Inc. will close its Lebanon branch office in June, the organization has announced.

“In speaking with clients and agencies in Lebanon County, a pervasive challenge remains the clients’ inability to get to our storefront in town,” the organization’s CEO, Liz Vincent, said in a statement.

“The store has witnessed a decline in client visitations over many, many months, yet demand for service is at an all-time high, which tells us that transportation in this rural area continues to present a challenge to clients,” she continued.

“We needed to create a solution that will best serve our clients’ needs, and we know that we’ve found one.”

In 2015, Suits to Careers Inc. served more than 1,500 women and men through its Dress for Success South Central PA and Tied to Success programs, but only 200 were from Lebanon County, its officials said.

The organization’s mobile unit last year served 119 clients in Adams, Cumberland and Perry counties.

The mobile program’s geographic reach will now be expanded to serve clients in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, and the hours of operation will double from 20 hours to 40 hours per week.

The organization already works with multiple agencies in Lancaster County and is looking to increase its footprint there, it said.

“This expansion makes sense on so many levels — we’ll serve many more clients if we go to them, we will serve clients in all five counties for both Dress for Success South Central PA and Tied to Success, so men will benefit as much as women, and we’ll reduce program operating costs by moving away from a storefront requiring we pay rent and utilities,” Vincent added.

A formal letter, detailing the particulars of the new operation, will be going out from Vincent to all partner agencies shortly, the organization said.

Suits to Careers aims to “positively impact lives by helping people achieve economic independence through a network of suiting, support, guidance, employment training and mentorship,” its statement added.

The nonprofit still has branch locations in Harrisburg and York.

Its services include job-readiness programs, computer training, mentor workshops and networking sessions, and its Tied to Success program has helped more than 200 men with business attire and interview preparation.

David O'Connor
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