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Suits for Success- A Successful Idea from the Illinois Professional Drycleaners Association

Thursday, May 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Derek Buczynski
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Suits for Success- A Successful Idea from the Illinois Professional Drycleaners Association
Sue Kratz, President of the IPDL shares with us about the Suits for Success Program.


"I am so excited that I just had to share this with all the DLI regional partners! At our DLI Joint States meeting earlier this year, I discussed our State's program called 'Suits for Success', well it is off to a great start"
So here is how it all began. In November 2016 Stateville Prison in Illinois sent out a request for suits, sport coats and dress shirts to several organizations. The need in the prisons was great to have the men well dressed when they went out on interviews. For the last three months, Bill Denwood and local churches had taken 382 suits and shirts to Stateville. On the way back from a trip to Stateville he stopped into Steve Hirmer’s Dry Cleaners, Signature Cleaners, in Naperville. Steve gave him a half rack of shirts and suits. Together they thought of the idea of going statewide. In the ensuing two months, they called and met with the Executive Director of the ILL., Professional Drycleaners & Launders, Sue Kratz


The two associations saw the huge need to get the parolees suits and  shirts for the purpose of interviewing with prospective employers. Steve and his fellow dry cleaners will be collection points for donations from citizens and even go to donors with their vans to pick them up. It is truly a great community service.
"This could be really big for not only our State's program, but any other state that might want to start their own program!" said Kratz. "Our website is still being developed, and so far only a handful of drycleaners have agreed to participate, but the whole program so far is a great success and drycleaners love the positive feedback from their customers and how it is helping their communities."  

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