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New Eastside building gives a Houston nonprofit new life: First-class digs for first-class help

New Eastside building gives a vital Houston nonprofit new life

Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 exterior night
The building, designed pro-bono by Zielger Cooper Architects, began serving the community in October 2012. Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 Nancy S. Levicki Center
Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 lobby
The building's lobby. Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 meeting area off lobby
A public meeting area. Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 closet
The new closet and consultation room. Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 dressing room
Dressing rooms. Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 inventory
The organization gladly accepts interview-appropriate apparel, shoes, handbags and jewelry, as well as monetary contributions. Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 PWG Room
Professional Women's Group room Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 conference room
A conference room. Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 Career Center
Career Center Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 Expansion Plaza
Expansion Plaza Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 private office
An administrative office overlooks the plaza.  Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 day exterior
Photo by © Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 exterior night
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 Nancy S. Levicki Center
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 lobby
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 meeting area off lobby
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 closet
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 dressing room
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 inventory
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 PWG Room
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 conference room
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 Career Center
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 Expansion Plaza
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 private office
Houston Dress for Success new building May 2013 day exterior

Dress for Success Houston has been bolstering the careers of low-income women with clothing and confidence since first opening in 1998 — but only recently has the organization been able to fulfill its mission in style with the opening of its new Eastside Street facility

Pulling up in the parking lot, stepping through the lobby and into a well-appointed shop and consultation room feels like a first-class experience. For Ziegler Cooper Architects, the locally-based firm that designed the a portion of the project pro-bono, that was exactly the point. 

"A principal at Ziegler Cooper said, 'We want to show these women what first class is, and that they are worth it,'" explains co-founder and president Nancy Levicki.

In addition to the shop and storage and sorting space, the two-story, 16,600-square-foot building is also equipped with administrative offices, a Career Center computer lab and a convertible meeting room for the Professional Women's Group, plus a rooftop terrace called "Expansion Plaza" that may eventually be converted into more facilities in a second phase of construction.

 "You never get a second chance to make a first impression... But it's not just about landing a job, it's about building a career."  

Since it opened in October, Dress for Success Houston has seen an influx in donations (the organization gladly accepts interview-appropriate apparel, shoes, handbags and jewelry, as well as monetary contributions) and a marked increase in the amount of services offered, with classes ranging in topic from mission statement crafting, social media basics, professional styling workshops and leadership seminars. 

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression," Levicki says. "But it's not just about landing a job, it's about building a career." 

The high-profile, centrally-located building has also drawn more professional ladies to its signature Women to Women mentorship program (up to nearly 50 mentor pairs this year) and to its volunteer and philanthropy group, Women of Wardrobe, open to young professional women 40 years of age and under. 

Find more information about how to get involved on the Dress for Success Houston website.