In November 2016 Stateville Prison in Illinois sent out a request for suits, sport coats and dress shirts to several organizations. The need in the prisons was great to have the men well dressed when they went out on interviews.

During the first three months, Bill Denwood had taken suits and shirts to Stateville Correctional Center. These came from Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches. On the way back from his last trip to Stateville Correctional Center he stopped into Steve Hirmer’s Dry Cleaners, Signature Cleaners, in Naperville. Steve gave him a half rack of shirts and suits. Together they thought of the idea of going statewide. In the ensuing two months, they called and met with the Executive Director of the ILL Professional Drycleaners & Launderers, Sue Kratz. The group saw the huge need to get the parolees suits and shirts for the purpose of interviewing with prospective employers. Steve and his fellow drycleaners along from the ILL Professional Drycleaners & Launderers will be collection points for donations from citizens and even go to donors with their vans to pick them up. It is truly a great community service.

Suits for Success is a Non Profit, 501(C)3 organization. Our goal is to break the cycle of men and women being released on parole to be returned to prison. We want to provide gently used clothes to the parolees for an interview with a prospective employer. These clothes are delivered by volunteers. Cleaned and pressed by dry cleaners at no charge. This restores the parolee’s pride, helps them out of the environment that caused them to be in prison, and helps get them to be employed and become productive citizens. From this new position, they join the workforce and rejoin the community.

Since November 2016 “Suits for Success” has delivered over 32,000 articles of clothing to men’s and women’s prisons in the State of Illinois.

In this endeavor, we hope to reduce recidivism by over 1%. Since there are around 45,000 prisoners in Illinois and each prisoner costs on average $36,000.(1) To house each prisoner this will save the state $15MM per year. Our efforts have been joined by United Methodists of both the Northern Illinois and Great Rivers Conferences, Presbyterian Churches in Northern Illinois, Lutheran Churches and the Joliet, Belleville, and Peoria Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church along with the Archdiocese of Chicago.

(1) Both these numbers came out of an independent survey that was made in 2014. “

RECENT UPDATE: In the last two and half years we have delivered over 32,000 clothes to the Illinois State prisons in Illinois.  From our main distribution point at the Life Skills Re-Entry Center in Kewanee, IL  we have distributed to over 24 of the men’s 32 facilities and to both of the women’s facilities in Lincoln, IL and Decatur, IL respectively.  No longer are we using our volunteer’s vehicles but we are renting a U-Haul and taking over 2000 clothes at a time.  Each year we have more than doubled our deliveries.

In the first two years our dry cleaners have donated in excess of $90,000 of services.  In addition, they can no longer afford to do this for free and are asking that 50% of their cost be covered by ‘Suits”, also we rent the van once a month. Plus if the trend continues we will have to find a storage facility to hold the clothes that gather until the time of the next delivery.  Now we work out of two garages.  Please if you can even though you have been more than generous, would you make a donation for our efforts.  As we are a 501c3 any donation is tax deductible. Our costs are minimal,  Our budget for this year 2019 is  $20,000 of which we are almost at $10,000.  donated YTD.  We do not pay our volunteers for their gas or time

“It is good to begin by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and then by degrees you find yourself doing what is impossible.”  Francis of Assisi

Bill Denwood – Executive Director

Over 32,000
Items of Clothing
Delivered

Our Contributors

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries

Founder

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries has worked with more than 10,000 inmates in 80 state and federal correctional facilities.

Signature Cleaners in University Commons

Founder

Over 30 years providing drycleaning and laundry services with pick-up and delivery free to most of Chicago Area. Environmentally friendly cleaning methods.

Strategic Online Corporation

Founder

Strategic Online specializes in online marketing, web design, and marketing automation.

IL Professional Dry Cleaners

Founder

The Illinois Professional Drycleaners & Launderers association serves all fabricare professionals in Illinois, including dry cleaners, wet cleaners, and launderers.

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries

Founder

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries has worked with more than 10,000 inmates in 80 state and federal correctional facilities.

Signature Cleaners in University Commons

Founder

Over 30 years providing drycleaning and laundry services with pick-up and delivery free to most of Chicago Area. Environmentally friendly cleaning methods.

Strategic Online Corporation

Founder

Strategic Online specializes in online marketing, web design, and marketing automation.

IL Professional Dry Cleaners

Founder

The Illinois Professional Drycleaners & Launderers association serves all fabricare professionals in Illinois, including dry cleaners, wet cleaners, and launderers.

Chicago Wedding Dress Cleaners

Founder

Chicago Wedding Dress Cleaners is dedicated to pressing, cleaning, and preserving of bridal dresses and special occasion gowns. Offering free pickup and delivery throughout Chicagoland.

A-1 Drycleaners

Drycleaner

Serving the greater communities of Rockford, Loves Park and Roscoe. A-1 Drycleaners offers all types of services to meet your needs with free pickup and delivery to home or office.. Locally owned and operated for over 30 years.

Greenacre Cleaners

Drycleaner

Serving the greater communities of DeKalb, Rochelle, Sugar Grove, and Sycamore,  Greenacre Cleaners uses green drycleaning methods to preserve our environment. Rated as DeKalb’s finest drycleaner.

Country Squire Cleaners

Drycleaner

For the past 50 years, the dedicated team at Country Squire Cleaners has provided exceptional dry cleaning service with affordable rates for customers in the Champaign and Urbana IL area.

Chicago Wedding Dress Cleaners

Founder

Chicago Wedding Dress Cleaners is dedicated to pressing, cleaning, and preserving of bridal dresses and special occasion gowns. Offering free pickup and delivery throughout Chicagoland.

A-1 Drycleaners

Drycleaner

Serving the greater communities of Rockford, Loves Park and Roscoe. A-1 Drycleaners offers all types of services to meet your needs with free pickup and delivery to home or office.. Locally owned and operated for over 30 years.

Greenacre Cleaners

Drycleaner

Serving the greater communities of DeKalb, Rochelle, Sugar Grove, and Sycamore,  Greenacre Cleaners uses green drycleaning methods to preserve our environment. Rated as DeKalb’s finest drycleaner.

Country Squire Cleaners

Drycleaner

For the past 50 years, the dedicated team at Country Squire Cleaners has provided exceptional dry cleaning service with affordable rates for customers in the Champaign and Urbana IL area.

KC Cleaners and Leather Master, Inc

Drycleaner

Specialists in the business of wholesale specialty cleaning. Leather Master has routes servicing drycleaners in Illinois and Indiana.

Douglas Ace Hardware

Supporter

Douglas Ace Homecenter has been happily serving Naperville since 1988. We are located in the Fox Run Shopping mall on 75th and Naper Blvd.

KC Cleaners and Leather Master, Inc

Drycleaner

Specialists in the business of wholesale specialty cleaning. Leather Master has routes servicing drycleaners in Illinois and Indiana.

Douglas Ace Hardware

Supporter

Douglas Ace Homecenter has been happily serving Naperville since 1988. We are located in the Fox Run Shopping mall on 75th and Naper Blvd.

Give Today – Help Us Change The Future For a Parolee

Your gifts help us cover our most basic operating costs like fuel for clothing delivery to prisons. 100% of your donation goes to the mission, no Volunteers or Board Members receive compensation. Suits for Success is a registered 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization

Suits for Success
A 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization
Phone:(855) 215-6540

 

Our ambitious goal is to provide each new parolee with clothing appropriate to their job search.

 

The gift of a dress shirt, pants, nearly new casual shirt for men, or an outfit for women, can help create a better first impression in that first interview or first return home.