BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) and Refined by Fire Ministries (RBF) are partnering with Men's Wearhouse to help released inmates look the part for job interviews.
Men's Wearhouse locations across Louisiana are accepting donations of interview-appropriate men's and women's clothing through July 31. Donations of gently worn suits, dress shirts, jackets, outerwear, ties, belts, (please include a hanger with clothing donations) and shoes are all being graciously accepted.
The two participating locations in Baton Rouge are located at 5915 Bluebonnet Blvd. C-2 and at 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd. #2088.
Many of the more than 18,000 men and women released from DPS&C in 2015 face challenged when trying to get a job.
DPS&C secretary Jimmy LeBlanc, says, "Finding employment is probably the biggest challenge men and women face after incarceration, but it is one of the big predictors of success if they can land a steady job… The public can contribute to a person's reintegration into society by donating professional clothing to people who are starting over."
The annual event is known as the "Michael Ellerbe Legacy Suit Drive" in honor of the former pre-release director at Dixon Correctional Institute. Elain Ellerbe, CEO of Refined by Fire Ministries, says, "We are proud to continue my late husband's legacy of assisting returning citizens to reenter society. By providing our men and women who are returning home with appropriate clothing to go on job interviews or attend religious services with their families, gives them confidence and assurance that they can be successful after leaving prison."
Men's Wearhouse is also accepting cash donations if you do not have any clothing to provide. You can also spread the word by sharing the #giveasuit post from the Men's Wearhouse Facebook page. For each share, the company will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to local non-profit partners.
Donors will receive a 50% discount coupon towards a future purchase at Men's Wearhouse and a tax receipt for donated items. For more information, visit nationalsuitdrive.com.