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She Got the Job!

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June 10, 2019 | By Calynn Abdullah

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Sometimes, it is taking the first step that is the most important.

Syna spent decades battling addiction, stays in drug rehabilitation centers, and even incarceration with felony charges. With no support system, Syna felt defeated and unable to overcome these significant challenges.

However, everything began to change when a correctional facility staff member introduced Syna to the Washington Branch of Dress for Success Pittsburgh. She was provided with clothing, shoes, and personal care items in preparation for her upcoming court appearances.

Not long after, Syna attended a personal branding presentation given by a representative from the Washington Branch of Dress for Success Pittsburgh. This class and the previous support Syna had received truly made an impression on Syna. Upon release from incarceration, Syna reconnected with the Washington Branch.

For the first time, Syna was drug-free and ready to job search. She began to look at her future with a brighter view. However, she was concerned that she would never be hired. During her “interview suiting” appointment at the Washington Branch, staff and volunteers helped Syna to prepare so that she could walk into the interview with confidence. Within days, Syna was hired at a fast food restaurant! Syna returned to the Washington Branch for an “employment suiting,” which included three additional outfits and nonskid shoes to wear on the first day of her new job.

Syna bravely shared her story at an annual fundraiser in support of Dress for Success Pittsburgh, in the hope of inspiring other women who may be experiencing similar situations.

For some, this may seem like a small victory. But for Syna, it was as though she had scaled an enormous mountain. Now, there’s no telling how far she can go!