SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Some of us may take the saying "dress for success" lightly, but for the 1,200 homeless people in people in Springfield, getting a job means being self-sufficient.
With that in mind, the Dress for Success store opened Wednesday on Worthington Street to help homeless men and women look their best when they go looking for a job.
Rosa Mateo has gone job hunting, and told 22News that she's depending on looking good for her next job interview.
“Oh yes, I went there two weeks ago, and I was looking at very nice dresses,” she said, adding that the store was “very good for people looking for a job, like me.”
Bay Path College volunteers like Ruth Choate run the Dress for Success store. Ruth told 22News how she would feel If Rosa and others get jobs because of the outfits she helped choose for them.
“Oh that would be incredible; just knowing even if they didn't get the job, just getting the interview, It would be awesome,” Choate said.
Friends of the Homeless Executive Director Bill Miller told 22News that Springfield's homeless population had stayed steady at about 1,200, but he's concerned about the number this winter.
“Last winter, we saw more than ever before. The numbers do fluctuate. It's kind of challenging to predict, that's for sure,” Miller said.
Miller told 22News that if the numbers rise, they would more likely come from poor people already in Springfield than the homeless relocating from other cities.