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VOA双语新闻 Women Looking for a Fresh Start

时间:2010-09-25 03:25来源:互联网 提供网友:kt6784   字体: [ ]

Many single low-income women who try to enter the work force find themselves competing for jobs that require business clothes they can't afford. That's where Suited for Change comes in.


"We offer women professional attire1 and professional consultation2 to assist them in entering or re-entering the workforce3," says Michelle Yorkman, a Program Director at Suited for Change. The D.C. non-profit is all about empowering women, whatever their background: unemployed4 or on welfare, recovering drug addicts5, victims of domestic abuse, recent immigrants. Over the past 15 years, the organization has helped more than 12,000 women as they looked for work.

米歇尔.约克曼是“搭配着装适应改变”机构的项目主任。她说:“我们为妇女提供职业服装和职业咨询,帮助她们进入或者重新进入就业市场。” 约克曼说,无论求助妇女的背景如何,不管她们是失业,依靠福利救济,正处于戒毒阶段,还是家庭暴力的受害者,或者是新来的移民,首都华盛顿的这家非赢利机构都会帮助他们,目的就是为了对妇女提供支持。在过去的15年里,这家机构已经帮助了1万2千多名寻找工作的女性。

"We have a seminar series that happens two or three times a year where we do image consultation," she says. "We show you how to dress and behave professionally. We offer business etiquette6 training, financial management skills. The kind of human resources, paperwork management, how to learn about your benefits, everything that they can possibly need to get in the door and once they are there to be successful."

“我们每年举办两到三次系列讲座,专门进行形象方面的咨询。我们教参加讲座的女性如何着装,行为举止如何显得专业得体。我们还提供商业礼仪方面的培训,教授理财的技能,人力资源、文案管理以及如何了解你有哪些权益等等。 这些都是她们踏入工作岗位之后可能用得上的知识和技能。这样她们一旦迈入职业领域,能够尽快获得成功。”

After completing a job training or skills-development program, Suited for Change women are ready to be dressed for success, thanks to donations from individuals, companies and manufacturers.


"We have suits. We have separates. We have dresses," she says. "During winter months, we have coats. So the first visit they receive two outfits7 and then once they've secured full-time8 employment, they can come back and receive three more, so that they have a week's worth of outfits. With these outfits they get shoes, a handbag, accessories as well as one on one consultation with one of our volunteers to assist them in mixing and matching the outfits to maximize the clothing that they receive."


Lucy, 43, has been employed as a temporary work and now hopes to find a permanent position.


She says this is her first visit to Suited for Change. "I picked those three outfits but I'm only taking home two," she says. "It makes me feel good about myself. I'm excited."


Volunteer Elaine Polkey serves as a wardrobe consultant9 to the visiting women. "I'd say the majority of people that come here have never had the opportunity to experiment with their clothing or to have a choice," she says. "But you can get them to experiment, try on. That's I think the key. Some people just know how to dress. They look fantastic. Other people are really a little bit shy about trying new things. And when you can get them to do it, they can see how good they look. That's when the confidence grows."


Building self confidence is the ultimate goal, according to Suited for Change's Michelle Yorkman. "When you look good and you feel you are projecting a professional image. You are going to perform in a professional manner," she says. "You're going to feel as though you are qualified10. You're going to feel that your answers are alright because you feel good about yourself and you are not self conscious about how you are being perceived or whether or not your clothes are appropriate for that job."


A visit to the organization's vast fashion warehouse11, she says, can be a transforming experience for the client and her whole family. "There have been clients that have put on a suit, come out, looked in the mirror and began to cry," she says. "There have been clients who had their children waiting for them in the lobby. When they come out to show their new suit, the family is so overjoyed because they understand that this woman is making the step to become a working woman, which comes with a certain prestige. They know that this is a new start not only for them, but this is an example for their daughters."


Yorkman says it is not unusual for women who once came seeking help to come back a few years later, offering help. "We have a board member who was formerly12 a client," she says. "Probably seven or eight years ago, she came to Suited for Change looking to regain13 entry to the workforce. She was suited. She attended our workshops and learned skills she needed to be successful again. She has been constantly promoted with Xerox14 over the years. She is now in a management position."


Like so many of its clients, Suited for Change has blossomed. Each year, it has attracted more volunteers, and served more women than before. It has become part of the Women's Alliance, a nationwide network of more than 30 similar non-profits that share experiences and resources. Recently, the Alliance launched its own clothing line to provide more variety and sizes of the professional attire women need for a successful new start in life.



1 attire AN0zA     
  • He had no intention of changing his mode of attire.他无意改变着装方式。
  • Her attention was attracted by his peculiar attire.他那奇特的服装引起了她的注意。
2 consultation VZAyq     
  • The company has promised wide consultation on its expansion plans.该公司允诺就其扩展计划广泛征求意见。
  • The scheme was developed in close consultation with the local community.该计划是在同当地社区密切磋商中逐渐形成的。
3 workforce workforce     
  • A large part of the workforce is employed in agriculture.劳动人口中一大部分受雇于农业。
  • A quarter of the local workforce is unemployed.本地劳动力中有四分之一失业。
4 unemployed lfIz5Q     
  • There are now over four million unemployed workers in this country.这个国家现有四百万失业人员。
  • The unemployed hunger for jobs.失业者渴望得到工作。
5 addicts abaa34ffd5d9e0d57b7acefcb3539d0c     
有…瘾的人( addict的名词复数 ); 入迷的人
  • a unit for rehabilitating drug addicts 帮助吸毒者恢复正常生活的机构
  • There is counseling to help Internet addicts?even online. 有咨询机构帮助网络沉迷者。 来自超越目标英语 第3册
6 etiquette Xiyz0     
  • The rules of etiquette are not so strict nowadays.如今的礼仪规则已不那么严格了。
  • According to etiquette,you should stand up to meet a guest.按照礼节你应该站起来接待客人。
7 outfits ed01b85fb10ede2eb7d337e0ea2d0bb3     
n.全套装备( outfit的名词复数 );一套服装;集体;组织v.装备,配置设备,供给服装( outfit的第三人称单数 )
  • He jobbed out the contract to a number of small outfits. 他把承包工程分包给许多小单位。 来自辞典例句
  • Some cyclists carry repair outfits because they may have a puncture. 有些骑自行车的人带修理工具,因为他们车胎可能小孔。 来自辞典例句
8 full-time SsBz42     
  • A full-time job may be too much for her.全天工作她恐怕吃不消。
  • I don't know how she copes with looking after her family and doing a full-time job.既要照顾家庭又要全天工作,我不知道她是如何对付的。
9 consultant 2v0zp3     
  • He is a consultant on law affairs to the mayor.他是市长的一个法律顾问。
  • Originally,Gar had agreed to come up as a consultant.原来,加尔只答应来充当我们的顾问。
10 qualified DCPyj     
  • He is qualified as a complete man of letters.他有资格当真正的文学家。
  • We must note that we still lack qualified specialists.我们必须看到我们还缺乏有资质的专家。
11 warehouse 6h7wZ     
  • We freighted the goods to the warehouse by truck.我们用卡车把货物运到仓库。
  • The manager wants to clear off the old stocks in the warehouse.经理想把仓库里积压的存货处理掉。
12 formerly ni3x9     
  • We now enjoy these comforts of which formerly we had only heard.我们现在享受到了过去只是听说过的那些舒适条件。
  • This boat was formerly used on the rivers of China.这船从前航行在中国内河里。
13 regain YkYzPd     
  • He is making a bid to regain his World No.1 ranking.他正为重登世界排名第一位而努力。
  • The government is desperate to regain credibility with the public.政府急于重新获取公众的信任。
14 xerox ffPwL     
  • Xerox and Lucent are two more high-tech companies run by women.施乐和朗讯是另外两家由女性经营的大科技公司。
  • You cannot take it home,but you can xerox it.你不能把它带回家,但可以复印。
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