Helping Others

Suit drive aims to help homeless Sacramentans

The month-long National Suit Drive begins today with the goal of procuring professional clothing for homeless men and women in the Sacramento area.

The drive is an annual program run by the men’s clothing chain Men’s Wearhouse. In the Sacramento area, Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada (VOA-NCNN) partners with Men’s Wearhouse to distribute suits to the shelters it operates.

“We are working to help homeless men and women find and keep jobs that will help them move toward self-sufficiency here in Sacramento,” said Leo McFarland, President and CEO of VOA-NCNN. “Being properly attired for the business world makes all the difference for the individuals we serve.”

Sacramentans can donate their gently used clothing, shoes and belts at any Men’s Wearhouse location through July 31. Donors will receive 50 percent off their next Men’s Wearhouse purchase. This year, women’s professional clothing is a particular focus for the drive as more formerly homeless women in VOA-NCNN’s programs seek employment.

Last year, VOA-NCNN provided suits for 100 homeless men and women through the National Suit Drive.