The 11th Annual National Suit Drive is underway through the end of July.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections once again partners with Men’s Wearhouse and Refined by Fire Ministries as they collect suits to be given to offenders upon release, assisting them as they look for a job. CEO of Refined by Fire Ministries, Elaine Ellerbe, says it is a rewarding moment to see the change in a person when they receive the new suit.

“It’s amazing the change on their faces, their demeanor when they put on a nice suit of clothes maybe in 5 to 7 years, maybe even longer.”

Ellerbe says when a returned citizen receives a suit, it helps them dress the part for their future for family, friends, and future employers.

“They can go and be dressed quite well and show who they have become and not who they were.”

Ellerbe says they are not just taking men’s suits with this drive.

“Our women who are incarcerated many times get looked over so often, the Men’s Warehouse is taking women professional ware too.”

Ellerbe says every year in Louisiana, at least 18,000 men and women are released, so the need for professional clothing is quite high.

When giving Men's Warehouse asks that the clothing be gently used.

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