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Thank You to Centrue Bank for Recent Suit Drive

The St. Louis Suit Project extends a huge thank you to Centrue Bank for their recent suit drive benefiting our organization. Ben Lawler’s tireless efforts to the Project caught the attention of Abel Anderson, Rob Pickerell and Brian Gibson of Centrue Bank who responded in kind with an amazing suit drive. Their gracious efforts provided a massive amount of business attire and financial support to our organization. We cannot thank you enough for your support!

2013 Fall Graduates of Mission St. Louis

The St. Louis Suit Project was again honored with the ability to provide suits, shirts, and ties to another round of Mission St. Louis Graduates. These young men worked extremely hard to better themselves through job and leadership training, technology education, interview skills training, interpersonal skills training, and other workplace and community education. We were fortunate to provide so many hardworking individuals quality business attire for their bright road ahead.

We also extend a huge thank you to Chris Hill and Mission St. Louis for their hard work with these young men. Mission St. Louis provides free training for at risk individuals with the goal of providing a brighter future for those willing to improve themselves. We look forward to a continued relationship with Mission St. Louis and the ability to provide a means of eliminating the barriers of entry to the workforce caused by a lack of proper business attire. We also extend a huge thank you to all the donations from the wonderful people who make this all possible.

Suits Donated to Youth Mock Trial Competition Participants

Congrats to Brian Yagi and the young men of the Clyde C. Miller Career Academy in their recent mock trial competition. Brian Yagi founded the student organization at Washington University in St. Louis known as the Future Advocates of America. His volunteer outreach program seeks to improve high school students reading, writing and critical thinking skills through participation in mock trial competitions, as well as encourage law student participation in mentoring local youth. His efforts help raise up St. Louis and we are all grateful. The St. Louis Suit Project was honored to provide suits, shirts and ties for several of the young men in their recent competition.



Congrats to the Sharply Dressed Graduates of Mission St. Louis

We want to extend a huge thank you to Chris Hill of Mission St. Louis. Chris is the Jobs and Leadership Training Coordinator for Mission St. Louis. Mission St. Louis and Chris Hill work to equip at risk young me to become leaders in their workplace, communities and families. Students in the Job and Leadership Program undergo an intense training program which covers everything from interpersonal skills, technology in the workplace, job and interview skills, and numerous other extremely valuable leadership tools.

The St. Louis Suit Project is blessed to have been able to meet Chris Hill and Mission St. Louis. This year the St. Louis Suit Project was able to provide the 2013 graduating class a sharp set of suits, shirts and ties for the next step of their journey. We are truly blessed to have been a part of the journey of these young men. We wish them the most success possible and the continued determination required for the road ahead. Furthermore, we wish Chris Hill and Mission St. Louis a great future for their efforts towards the betterment of St. Louis and look forward to our continued relationship.



The St. Louis Suit Project Welcomes New Board Members

The St. Louis Suit Project would like to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors. Ryan Quinn (Director of Development), Brian Dixon (Operations Chairman), and Julie Mroz (Public Relations Chair). Ryan, Brian, and Julie will join the efforts of Christopher Dixon (Chairman), Benjamin Lawler (President), and Stephen Brooks (Treasurer). The St. Louis Suit Projects looks forward to continued service of the St. Louis community.

2012 Donations to Marygrove

Marygrove is another amazing organization which opens their doors to at-risk children, providing them with a safe haven to flourish and grow.  The Mission of Marygrove is to provide mental health services to severely disturbed children, young adults and their families who are economically challenged.  Marygrove provides residential and therapeutic intervention for 130+ traumatized children, adolescents and young men and women ages 6 to 21.  Their services include medical and psychiatric treatment, eduction, recreation and other services geared towards helping these young men and women become self sufficient productive members of society, despite their adversity.  For more information about their efforts, click HERE

The St. Louis Suit Project and Grewe., Inc., have partnered in order to provide business attire and quality suits to those in need at Marygrove.  Grewe Inc., through the kindness and introduction of Gary Grewe, has allowed the St. Louis Suit Project to be a part of the wonderful and trans-formative work being done at Marygrove.  The partnership has been able to provide approximately 50 suits and shirts to the amazing young individuals, tailored to their individual requirements.  The St. Louis Suit Project would like to extend a big thank you to Marygrove and Gary Grewe for allowing us the opportunity to play a role in their cause.

“At Marygrove our focus is on empowering children whose lives have been impacted by abuse, violence or neglect.  Through our partnership with the St. Louis Suit Project we’ve been able to give our young men a quality suit which helps them project a professional image for job interviews and other activities.  The St. Louis Suit Project’s gift supports our mission of helping our residents feel a sense of hope and confidence about their future.” – John Donati, Director of Public Relations at Marygrove.

Mary Grove Letter To The St. Louis Suit Project

2012 Donations to The Father’s Support Center

The St. Louis Suit Project is pleased to have been able to provide more clothing to Barbara T. Graham for the benefit of the Father’s Support Center of St. Louis Missouri.  We have recently been able to donate approximately 20 suits, 50 dress shirts, 50 pairs of pants, and about 30 dress ties.  We look forward to many continued donations to the Father’s Support Center.

We also applaud the efforts of the the Father’s Support Center in their continued mission “to foster healthy relationships by strengthening families and communities”.

2012 Concordia Seminary Donations

The St. Louis Suit Project is pleased to announce its ability to provide a recent massive donation to the Concordia Seminary’s seminarians. This large donation was made possible only through the generosity of the many individuals who selflessly donated their gently used business attire and monetary equivalent. The donation to the Concordia Seminary consisted of 83 suits, 41 sport coats, 3 tuxedos, 12 pants, 56 shirts, 4 polo shirts, 3 sweaters, 6 shoes, and 50 ties. These donations provided numerous seminarians the professional attire needed to assist in their mission of helping people throughout the United States.

2011 Vashon High School Donations

We are proud to announce our first successful round of donations to some amazing high school students. The St. Louis Suit Project has recently partnered with The St. Louis Public Schools’ Vashon High School for the Project’s first ever suit donations. With the help of principal Derrick Mitchell and Samantha Lurie, The St. Louis Suit Project was able to donate 2 brand new custom fit suits and 2 quality used suits to students at Vashon High School. Below are pictures of 3 of the graduating students from graduation ceremonies.

We are extremely excited about the positive feedback we received from the students in our first round of donations. As part of our donation intake process, we were able to verify the following random acts of kindness: one student purchased a meal for a man in need, another student volunteered at his sister’s youth program, another student worked with his youth group to remodel the home of a fellow church member, and another student went out of his way to help an elderly woman carry gardening tools to her car. We again would like to reiterate that individuals wishing to receive a suit do not have to perform a huge task. Sometimes simple heart felt acts of kindness mean much more than expensive gifts.

Again, thanks so much to Vashon High School for being part of The St. Louis Suit Project’s first ever round of donations. We look forward to our continued relationship.

2011/2012 Fathers Support Center Donations

The St. Louis Suit Project has been fortunate to work with Barbara T. Graham and the Father’s Support Center of St. Louis Missouri. The Fathers Support Center’s Mission is “To foster healthy relationships by strengthening families and communities”. The St. Louis Suit Project is proud to have provided a great group of men business attire. We look forward to a great and continued relationship with the Family Support Center.

To date throughout our ongoing relationship with the Father’s Support Network, we have been able to provide them with over 50 dress shirts and 50 pairs of pants. We also truly appreciate the great thank you letter and the support for the efforts of the St. Louis Suit Project.