Wellspring’s mission is to inspire families and adults on Cape Ann and the North Shore to achieve employment and financial security through stable housing, education, job training and career readiness. Wellspring supports students and program participants at every level of their journey, and that includes career planning, coaching and helping plan for interviews! 

picture of the Awesome Closet logo at wellspring house

Through the support of local businesses, foundations, and donors, Wellspring offers the “Awesome Closet” to help students and participants prepare for a job interview, internship, or a new job! The Awesome Closet, located at Wellspring’s main campus in West Gloucester, boasts high-quality, brand name professional interview attire that’s offered at no cost to program participants.   

Curated by Wellspring’s Community Liaison Mary Hardwick, the closet features a variety of styles and pieces with the modern young woman in mind, and is funded in part by the generous support of one of Wellspring’s longest supporters, J.Jill.  

Recently, several team members from J.Jill’s Accessories department volunteered their time to style Wellspring students and participants for upcoming internships and job interviews! J.Jill volunteers Alex, Meghan and Nicolette spent several hours with Wellspring students, helping them find dresses, accessories and shoes to create that very special and universal look — confidence. 

J.Jill’s Accessories Team Member Nicolette Rota said styling the women was a great experience.

“The staff at Wellspring seemed extremely dedicated to improving the lives of the women they work with. There were women of various ages and I selected versatile pieces that could be styled in different ways to maximize their looks.” 

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J.Jill Volunteer Nicolette and Wellspring student share good finds and great looks!

Dozens of students from Wellspring’s Adult Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, the HealthCare Office Support Training (HOST) program and guests living at the Family Shelter stopped by to find new looks. 

Kendy, Jayra and Citlali all left with a variety of new looks and loved the time they spent trying on outfits. 

At first, I felt strange because I’m not used to being seen so much (as she laughed) but everything was nice. I enjoyed the whole journey, and met new people, who by the way were very friendly. The item I loved the most is the black wallet,” Kendy said. 

Citlali echoed Kendy’s thoughts, saying “Everything was great! I felt good and I was amazed at all the nice clothes.” Jayra, an ESOL student, really enjoyed watching all of her peers, saying “I enjoyed seeing other women looking for clothes for themselves, and the attentive J.Jill collaborators (were helpful.)” 

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Wellspring would like to share our deep gratitude to Alex, Meghan and Nicolette for sharing their time and talents, and to the J.Jill Compassion Fund for making these events possible! We are honored to continue our long-standing partnership with J.Jill and look forward to many more outstanding styling events and confidence-building opportunities long into the future. 

picture of J.Jill Accessories team volunteering at wellspring's awesome closet

Sharing our thanks Alex and Meghan of J.Jill for sharing their talents and expertise to help Wellspring students look their best!

If you have very gently used professional clothing you would like to donate to Wellspring’s Awesome Closet, please contact Community Liaison Mary Hardwick at 978-281-3558 or email her at mhardwick@wellspringhouse.org

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