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Brookhaven Town program helps 5,000 women ‘Dress for Success’

The Dress for Success boutique at Brookhaven Town

The Dress for Success boutique at Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville on Aug. 18, 2014. Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Brookhaven Town’s clothing boutique has helped 5,000 women dress their best when they re-enter the workforce.

The boutique caters to women in need of employment and is part of Brookhaven’s Dress for Success program, the only one of its kind on Long Island.

Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work.

The free program is sponsored by Brookhaven’s Department of Housing and Human Services, Division of Women’s Services. The boutique, which is in Brookhaven Town Hall, helped its 5,000th woman on July 7.

“Dress for Success plays such an important role by empowering women and opening the doors of opportunity,” Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said in a statement.

Brookhaven does not fund the program but operates its career center and boutique, and was the first of more than 115 similar franchises nationwide.

The organization originated in Manhattan in 1997 and is open to all women across Long Island.

“Dress for Success is more than just clothing. It’s a place where women can take advantage of a support network and career development tools to help them succeed in the workplace and in their daily lives,” Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner said in a statement.

More than 250 local organizations, including the New York State Department of Labor, the Hunter Business School’s campus in Medford and the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, funnel job seekers to the municipality.

Boutique hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All visits are by appointment.

Clothing donations and other items can be made on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For more information about Dress for Success, call 631-451-9127 or visit

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