Through the Business Clothing Program, Clothes The Deal (CTD) responds to the critical need of job service agencies and their participants. The high quality, new and recycled men and women's professional attire and accessories are a perfect benefit for those who cannot afford appropriate clothing. Through corporate clothing drives, a network of drop-off locations and donations directly from manufacturers and retailers, CTD is able to collect ready-to-wear items. CTD offers a full boutique with changing rooms and staff to help participants find the right business suit.
CTD workshops are designed to help educate and enhance the participants' self-esteem and professional image for employment. The workshops focus on six main areas of developing a professional image: Self-Confidence, Business Etiquette, Wardrobe, Accessories, Hair, and Make-up. CTD makes it extremely easy for the participants to attend a workshop by bringing the clothing and services to them, if needed. The goal is not only to provide clothing, but also to provide additional services that are necessary to help obtain employment.
CTD currently collaborates with 13 different nonprofit organizations that specialize in services to disabled populations. The ability to provide basic alterations for CTD's disabled clients increase employment opportunities for the clients served. Basic alterations include replacing buttons with Velcro, adding padding to protect from contact sores, and adding elastic to shoes, pants, skirts, etc. There is no current source of adaptive clothing for low-income and disabled individuals in the Los Angeles County area besides CTD and we thank NBC Universal & Telemundo for providing a $50,000 grant to help launch the Adaptive Clothing Program.