MILWAUKEE — This week is known as "Big Serve Milwaukee." It includes daily activities to help residents in-need reach their life goals. The focus Wednesday was about getting more people jobs and dressing for success.
Can the suit make the man? Alderman Russell Stamper believes it definitely helps.
"It's simple, but a nice suit is very important for confidence and high self-esteem," he said. "You have to present yourself as professional, so people accept you better."
With the help of Men's Warehouse, Stamper helped organize a suit giveaway at America Works of Wisconsin Inc. It is an organization that connects people with jobs and trade schools.
"There are plenty of jobs right now, but we have to train individuals and prepare them," Stamper said.
But looking the part for a job interview, or once employed, is not cheap.
"Getting a free suit is a big blessing to a lot of different people," said Ramone Malone. "Appearance means everything. A nice haircut, fresh suit, smell good, look good." As dozens of men tried on the perfect suit, you could see the change.
"Don't judge a book only by its cover. Try to give everyone a chance." — Jeremiah Thompson
"It makes me feel like me again," said 19-year-old Jeremiah Thompson, as he looked at himself in the mirror.
These men also offered a plea to local employers.
"Don't judge a book only by its cover," Thompson said. "Try to give everyone a chance."
"Don't overlook these men here," Malone said. "Look out for them. Because we are here and ready to work."