How a #SuitsForSession Suit Changed Cindy Rabel’s Life

After being laid off from her job and struggling with family issues, Cindy Rabel turned to the Chapman Partnership in Miami for help. Chapman Partnership operates two homeless assistance centers in Miami and Homestead, serving approximately 5,000 men, women and families with children annually. Chapman Partnership provides comprehensive services to empower homeless residents to become self-sufficient, including job training, job placement, and assistance with securing stable housing. Chapman Partnership is one of the recipients of Volunteer Florida’s #SuitsForSession clothing drive and Cindy received business attire to wear to job interviews. Volunteer Florida talked with Cindy about her aspirations.

 

“It means a lot to have professional attire like this. I honestly didn’t have money for a suit and I know how important it is to dress appropriately for professional activities. I feel confident, sophisticated and ready for a career. I have confidence going in the door, and confidence going out.”
— Cindy Rabel

What services have been helpful to you as a Chapman Partnership client?

“I have taken classes in office administration and computer administration. Right now I am attending classes at South Dade Technical College to become an aesthetician. My kids get full tutoring too, which is a great thing for me and I know for a lot of other parents. Chapman helped with everything, and the results have happened rapidly.”

What are some of your personal and professional goals?

“I would love to own my own business, but I want to take it to another level. Getting help from Chapman Partnership has opened my eyes. People need a lot of help learning about proper grooming and how to present themselves in interviews. I want to volunteer to help people with that.

“On August 2 I graduate from South Dade Technical College! I will apply for my aesthetician’s license and then be on my way!”

As Chapman Partnership’s David Lumpkin puts it, “I go to bed thinking about how I can help put people to work. I chase placements all day, and am side by side with clients through the whole journey.”

Beth Von Werne, Vice President of Program Services for Chapman Partnership, says, “I live for this work. I get to be in charge of case management and housing specialist teams. I love seeing clients leave with a big smile on their face and a key to a home in their hand.”

To see more, please visit Chapman Partnership.


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Cindy Rabel