About Suits to Careers, Inc.

Suits to Careers, Inc. with Programs of Dress for Success South Central PA and Tied to Success is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving six counties in south central PA.

Our Mission

The mission of Suits to Careers, Inc. is to positively impact lives by helping people achieve economic independence through a network of suiting, support, guidance,
employment training and mentorship.

Our Vision

  ​Suits to Careers, Inc. will be an essential professional development organization providing professional attire, vital resources, compassionate support and transformative experiences for those seeking to provide for themselves and their families, enabling them to become contributing members of the community.

Did You Know?

80.8% of
.84 of every $1.00
Over 10,000 Clients Served
Have at Least 1 Child
Goes to Program Costs
Performed in the Last Year
As of November 2016

Our History & About Our Organization

Suits to Careers, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, serving seven counties in South Central PA.  Our corporate office is located in Harrisburg and supports a Mobile Boutique that travels to Adams, Cumberland, Lebanon, Perry and York Counties.

Our organization began in 2006 as Dress for Success® South Central PA, an affiliate of Dress for Success® Worldwide, an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success® Worldwide has 147 affiliates in 24 countries, and has served over 1 million women globally.  For over 8 years, we served women exclusively as Dress for Success, South Central PA.

However, we pride ourselves on being responsive to the needs of our community, and it was soon apparent that there were men all over 

Central Pennsylvania that could benefit from our services.  In 2014, we reincorporated as Suits to Careers, Inc. and launched our men's program, Tied to Success®.

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg assumed the administrative responsibilities of Suits to Careers in February 2019 and now maintains both the Dress for Success® women's program and the Tied to Success® men's program, and depends upon the financial and volunteer support of individuals and businesses in our local communities.  Our clients are referred to Suits to Careers, Inc. through governmental agencies, veteran associations, nonprofit organizations, and various community and education programs. Clients receive professional clothes as well as job training and professional development services free of charge.  The ultimate goal of our organization is to secure living wage employment and gain economic independence.

We are a PA WorkWear Agency

As Dress for Success South Central PA, Suits to Careers Inc. designed and piloted the program now known as PAWORKWEAR (PAWW) in 2007, in Dauphin and York Counties. We were tasked to be a "problem solver", to find a solution to the "fraud, waste and abuse" associated with "special allowances" that was so prevalent within the state welfare system.

Our Solution? We designed a system that would not only support TANF recipients with viable resources for interview & employment clothing; but, a specially designed data base system to prevent fraud, waste and abuse. This system allows us to have a multicounty/site specific and joint data base to prevent any duplication of services or fraud.
Our pilot program exceeded expectations.  Our goal as a PAWW provider is to support the job training/job ready program contractors of the state such as EARN programs, CAO and other State contractors that engaged with job training. We have successfully fulfilled our goal of providing the attire needed to assure a great impression.

We developed a solid partnership with the Department of Welfare, now known as the Department of Human Service. Our pilot program success was instrumental in the creation of the subsequent PAWW Network of new providers that rolled out across the state in over 60 counties. The result was almost immediate in saving the state nearly $15,000,000 annually by adopting a new concept for welfare recipients to receive services and attire that specifically meet and focus on the goal of employment.