Our main service is to provide professional clothing to men and women job seekers in preparation for their interviews and the work week.
Progress sets out to be an element of change in the economic atmosphere of the Lawrence community by working to lessen the adversities that come along with being unemployed and low income.
To promote financial self-sufficiency by providing economically disadvantaged individuals with job preparation, clothing and support services.
Who We Are
Sabrina boggio x founder
Sabrina has been a life-long resident of Lawrence, looking to make her hometown better for her neighbors. Starting out in the Lawrence Public Schools system and then later moving on to the Voke (GLTS) for high school, Sabrina has always gone above and beyond in getting involved and getting things done.
During her time in high school, Sabrina began to learn about entrepreneurship through NFTE. It wasn't until her freshman year at Merrimack College that she landed on an idea that would help turn her community around. While studying business management and marketing at Merrimack's Girard School of Business, she was introduced to the Merrimack Valley Sandbox (now EforAll) and successfully pursued opportunities for a seed grant to test out her idea. A few pitch contests and an Accelerator later, Sabrina had the working foundation of what would be called "Women's Path to Employment" or "WPTE Professional Clothing" where she would start collecting and distributing clothing donations for job seekers in need.
To continue her work and her learning, Sabrina became an AmeriCorps member serving at Groundwork Lawrence (GWL). Borrowing from her three and a half years as a Career Peer Advisor at Merrimack's O'Brien Center, she provided career guidance to students of GWL's Environmental Technical Training Program (ETTP). Also as a continuation, Sabrina joined the boards of the Bread & Roses Heritage Festival, ACT Lawrence, the City of Lawrence's Arts & Culture committee where she would further develop her non-profit and organizing experience.
Today, Sabrina has brought Progress Clothing from the size of a storage closet to a 370' facility at Island Street Studios, in one of the revitalized mills just off of the down town. Her work has brought her to be a proponent of Workers' Rights, Economic Justice, Femme Rights, and Environmental Justice.
AS A RESULT OF OUR WORK...
Professional clothing can cost a lot and seem out of reach when you're in the middle of a job hunt. Even if you were to visit area thrift stores, because they do not specialize in work wear like we do, there is no guarantee that you'll complete an outfit in one shot. Whereas many of our clients do not have their own transportation, traveling to multiple stores is out of the question.
At Progress Clothing, our aim is to have every client walk out of their session with a complete outfit, ready for the interview.
Your style, size and budget are always in flux. Our thrift store shoppers and clothing swap attendees can rest assure that with our prices, they can change up their wardrobe as much as they'd like whether they're buying something for the work week or picking up a staple that they can mix into their casual wear.
It surely helps to know that your purchase is helping a local job seeker in need. Besides, before fast fashion, clothing was designed better and made to last longer!
Reduce your clothing footprint! Unwanted clothes end up in the back of your closet or (*GASP*) in landfills! Donate your clothing to us and it will certainly be put to good use!
Professional clothing goes to our job-seeking clients, casual items go to our community clothing swaps (where the funds go back into our programs), and slightly damaged items get turned into fun projects! Be sure to follow us or sign up for our e-newsletter for updates! Nothing ever has to go to waste and our planet will thank you!
values + Goals
Economic Justice | Social Justice | Environmental Justice
Meeting People Where They're At | Raising People Up
Women's Rights | Workers' Rights | Re/Upcycling
Sharing Economy | Community | Feminism