Since 2004 Zonta Coos Bay has sponsored Dress Your Best, a half day seminar for women reentering the workforce after domestic violence, drug addiction, or homelessness. The seminar offers job search skills, resume writing and interview techniques in a small group setting. Usually 12-15 participants. Participants have come from the SAFE Project Domestic Violence Center, female clients from Bay Area First Step, Temporary Help in an Emergency (THE) House, Child Welfare, as well as Community Corrections. Partnering with Bree’s Upscale Resale, the women are assigned a personal Zonta member shopper, and are able to select job interview clothing from the North Bend Bree’s Store free of charge. Each participant receives one or two complete sets of clothing suitable to wear to job interviews. Seminar presenters have come from South Coast Business Employment, WorkSource Oregon, Coos Bay Library, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Bay Area Hospital, The Mill Casino to name a few.
Zonta provides notebooks, refreshments and gift cards for haircuts and hygiene supplies. Frequently our participants return to Bree’s to report their success at finding employment. Zonta envisions a world where every woman is able to reach her full potential.