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Turning gently used suits into new opportunities
WPS Members Open Closets to Assist Employment Seekers

July 19, 2017 - One certainty you learn working in law enforcement is that we all need a little a help and support at certain times - whether that is on the job or in the community.

Our jobs also allow us to see some of the amazing supports in place for our fellow community members, supports like Opportunities for Employment (OFE) which does its best to assist people in achieving greater independence by pursuing and maintaining meaningful employment.

To that end, OFE has the infrastructure in place to provide basic job training and resume building assistance. In fact they've helped more than 20,000 Manitobans find meaningful employment. What they don't always have - or more accurately what the people they assist do not always have - are those items of business attire that go can a long way in making that all important first impression with prospective employers.

After learning of this gap, S.Sgt. Ken Zushman of our Professional Standards Unit set up a clothing drive within our ranks. The drive was aimed at making as easy as possible for our members to donate gently used items of clothing (suits and business attire) that could be shared with seekers.

And our members answered the call!

Initiated in 2016, and held again this year, we are happy to report this year's clothing drive generated even more items of clothing that will surely make their way to those who could use them.
When circumstances change, OFE is a true resource to help underemployed citizens seeking meaningful employment.

Our clothing drive, while modest in nature, and others like it have a direct and measurable impact on each individual in programs like Opportunities for Employment. Our hope is that a simple act of donating items like these will have immediate and long-term community influences. They not only change the life of an individual, they change the lives of the families of program participants and the communities those families live in.

We know the importance and impact teamwork and cooperation can have in the community - and we are honoured to play a supporting role in the ongoing efforts of Opportunities for Employment.

For more information about Opportunities for Employment please visit their website: www.ofe.ca

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