On May 21, 28 CalWORKs job-seekers participated in the Mervyn's Community Closet in El Centro. The award-winning Mervyn's Community Closet, which is a custom-built 72-foot big-rig truck that travels throughout our nation, was started in 1998 in response to welfare reform and has outfitted approximately 5,000 women across the nation with new career clothes, shoes and accessories. In 2002 the program expanded to include men.
Ten of our local men and 18 women were outfitted with a complete ensemble valued at approximately $350. The men received from the Haggar line, dress pants, casual pants, a blazer, knit and woven shirts, a belt, tie, socks and shoes. The woman were outfitted from the Hillard & Hanson career wear line and received a pantsuit, coordinating skirt, sweater twin set, blouse, accessories, shoes and hosiery.
In addition, to the clothing, the participants of the Mervyn's Community Closet program also received a complementary haircut and style courtesy of Rosa Romero and Mary Greer of the Hair Inn. The ladies also received Mary Kay makeup tips and a makeover from Robin Gilmore.