Working Gear provides work related clothing and footwear free of charge to men re-entering the workforce. Many of these low income men have been unemployed for long periods and lack the finances to afford the clothing needed to find a job.
We provide good quality used or new clothing, including suits, business casual attire as well as construction appropriate clothing and steel toed work boots. Our customers are currently unemployed, ready to work, and get referred to us through community agencies that assist the unemployed. We do not provide our services to unemployed men without a referral from a community agency.
Referred men are booked into an appointment system for a specific time and attend our facility. Volunteers work with them to understand their needs and help find suitable clothing and footwear which are theirs to keep. We depend entirely upon volunteers and private donations of money and good quality used or new men’s clothing and footwear to continue our services.
Quick Fact A decline in jobs in the natural resources sector is partially to blame for the net loss of around 7,000 jobs in British Columbia, Statistics Canada announced March 13, 2015. The number of full-time jobs in the province fell by 16,500 in the month. This loss was somewhat offset by a gain of 9,600 part-time positions.
The unemployment rate for men across the country was 6.1% – a full percentage point higher than the women’s rate of 5.1%.
B.C is becoming increasingly focused on small business and services, with the service sector providing almost four-fifths of our jobs.