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DFS Columbus goes mobile to expand reach

An innovative program delivers business attire and job skills training to those in need.

Since Dress for Success Columbus opened in 2007, they’ve empowered more than 19,000 women to strive for economic independence. By offering interview tips, job-skills training and career mentoring, along with business attire and presentation consultations, DFS Columbus puts women on a career path.

Bank of America supports DFS through volunteerism and grants for programs that help women find, keep and advance in jobs. Due to the health crisis, this funding helped accelerate development of the Mobile Career Center (MCC).

A lack of public transportation options in Columbus sometimes results in the rate of “no show” appointments reaching as high as 20%, the majority being women living outside the city. The MCC makes it possible for DFS to reach women in outlying areas who are otherwise unable to obtain the resources they need. In 2020, DFS helped more than 1,000 women from 68 ZIP codes in central Ohio —20% of them through the MCC. Thanks to the success of the MCC, DFS plans to continue rolling it out in other locations across the country.