On December 10, Sandra Johnson announced to the Dress for Success Dallas board that the organization had just suited their 500th client for the year. This is huge, as prior to Sandra’s arrival in 2010, approximately 160 clients per year were served. “Helping our ladies look and feel beautiful is the most rewarding work I can imagine,” she remarks. Starting out as a part time coordinator, Sandra quickly fell in love with the mission and clients at DFSD. “Sometimes our clients have been through a lot before they get to us. Having been laid off, I certainly understand the range of emotions that joblessness can evoke. I’m blessed to have found not just a job, but a calling.”
Sandra’s background includes stints in fashion at Neiman Marcus, non-profit work at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and marketing at Uptown Dallas, Inc. These diverse occupations prepared Sandra for DFSD where she wears many hats as the sole staff person. Between suiting clients, recruiting partner agencies and managing DFSD’S volunteers, boutique, inventory and donations, her days are busy. “All the skills I acquired in past jobs are put to the best possible use at DFSD. Seeing a woman’s smile and ‘sass’ return when we find the right outfit for her truly makes my day!”
Board member turned Executive Director Holly Wittenburg says, “We are so excited about 2013 at DFSD- we are expanding and moving into a much larger facility where we will have a resource and training center and conference room that will allow us to serve more women in the DFW area. Additionally, we will be expanding our training programs and suiting appointments, as well. We have such wonderful support from the community and appreciate all our volunteers, sponsors and donors.”
With more women being served and all the plans for growth, DFSD is looking for sponsors for their two annual signature events, “Light the Runway”- Chaired by Kristen Fagelman, a father/daughter fashion show event in the Spring and “A Night in Monte Carlo”- Chaired by Dena Miller and Pamela Martin Duarte, a casino night event in the Fall. There are also opportunities to name a room in the new DFSD facility located in Valley View Mall.
Contact Holly Wittenberg at 972-392-9770.