Wings for Success, a Frazer organization that provides clothes and other services to help women find jobs, is opening its second location in Kennett Square.
The nonprofit’s first day of operation at 457 Birch Street will be Jan. 5.
Ingrid Lis, who holds an associate degree in education from Delaware County Community College, will manage the new location. Her past work experience includes both paid and volunteer work at several Chester County non-profits, including the Chester County Intermediate Unit and the Brandywine YMCA, the organization said in a statement.
Lis maintains certification as an Interpreter in Spanish/English, which provides her with a range of communication strategies and skills, in addition to fluent bilingual capacity.
“Ingrid is passionate about helping families in need, and most of our clients are mothers, so we are delighted to have her join our team,” said Wings for Success Board President Mary Pat Knauss in a prepared statement. “Her local roots and community connections will serve her well as she recruits and trains volunteers, helps clients referred by a wide range of agencies to learn about Wings and our services, and maintains a welcoming, well-stocked space for clients. Her fluency in Spanish and English is a plus, given the large Spanish-speaking population in Southern Chester County.”
Charlene McGrady, a Wings for Success board member and communications consultant, said the organization has been eyeing an expansion into southern Chester County for some time.
Clients have told the group about the difficulties involved in getting to Frazer from southern Chester County due to a lack of public transportation.
“We have identified a growing need in southern Chester County,” McGrady said. “We have a lot of great donators from that area. We certainly think it’s worth a try.”
Wings for Success has forged strong relationships with non-profits like La Comunidad Hispana and YoungMoms, and with Dansko, the clog maker in Penn Township.
Since its founding in 1997, Wings for Success has served more than 8,000 women seeking to move forward from challenging circumstances such as homelessness, domestic abuse, and recovery from addiction. Personal stylists work with clients to select up to two weeks’ worth of work-appropriate outfits, shoes and accessories valued at approximately $500. Beyond wardrobe assistance, Wings for Success also offers workshops to help women gain the confidence to look, feel and do their best.
“Some of our clients show up (at Wings) in sweats and flip-flops,” McGrady noted. “Many have commented after getting the new clothes and makeup that they can make a better presentation. They look the part so they can feel the part.”
The public is invited to attend an open house at the new Kennett Square facility at 457 Birch Street on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. Those so inclined are encouraged to bring a piece of new or gently-used jewelry to build the site’s inventory of accessories.