Wings for Success’ goal is to enhance the financial independence and stability of women. Wings strives to instill the confidence women in transition need in order to obtain and sustain employment. Whether through clothing appointments, life skills workshops, or personalized guidance from carefully selected and trained volunteers, Wings’ programs are designed to bolster self-esteem and teach a positive outlook, qualities that are critical for success in life.
- Wings is the only program of its kind in Chester County.
- Wings served over 650 clients in 2017 with apparel, and over 11,000 since its founding in 1997.
- Clients can contact us directly or may be referred through a network of over 50 social service agencies such as homeless shelters, crime victim centers, domestic abuse shelters, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, various TANF training programs, and other for-profit and non-profit programs serving unemployed and/or underemployed individuals.
- On a typical visit, a client receives a work-appropriate wardrobe which includes key pieces of clothing to be mixed and matched, including undergarments, shoes, handbags, accessories and seasonal outerwear (as inventory allows).
- A conservative estimate of the value of clothing provided to clients last year is more than $600,000.
- Sustain strong client self-confidence and satisfaction scores, 97% and 99% respectively.
- Operating with only three part-time employees, Wings’ board members and a pool of 120 active volunteers together contributed over 10,000 hours in 2017 in all areas of organizational operation.
- 2016 Year End Client Demographics:
- Target Population: Economically disadvantaged women in Southeastern PA and Northern DE
- Counties Served: 74% Chester, 13% Delaware, 10% Montgomery, 3% Philadelphia
- Ethnic breakdown: 33% Caucasian, 35% African-American, 25% Hispanic, 7% other
- Age range served: 16 to 65+ years old
- Income: 59% earn < $10,000 annual income
- Families impacted: 73% of clients have children, indirectly OVER 1000 children benefited through efforts to help their mothers.