In early 2020, the Grigg Lewis Foundation was informed by the Lockport Family Focus Group, a network of local nonprofits, that many local service agencies were seeking assistance for their clients as they reenter the work force. Lockport Family Focus Group members came together to donate gently used, professional women’s clothing and to volunteer their time and expertise to assist with the boutique design and upkeep, and with resume building for interested clients. We were overwhelmed by interest, both within our group and throughout the community, and were able to quickly identify a space at Christ Community Church to house the new clothing closet.
The closet now offers free, professional clothing and accessories for clients of any nonprofit service agency that may need help during their interviewing process or to begin employment. With a boutique atmosphere, it provides a private and comfortable environment where women can develop their professional appearance, interviewing skills, and most importantly – their confidence.
In 2021, The Morlock Foundation also located in Christ Community Church, very graciously offered to expand on this initiative. They now manage the upkeep, and provide access and shopping assistance to help women choose flattering outfits that are appropriate for their situation. Local non-profits are encouraged to reach out to the Morlock Foundation directly to schedule a visit with their client. Their staff is able to assist with resume building and mock interviews by appointment.