State Farm Neighborhood Assist ® 2018

Sharp Dressed Man

Empowering men to improve their lives through professional presentation.

Sharp Dressed Man helps men in Baltimore seeking a second chance. Since 2011, we have partnered with countless local organizations to equip men enrolled in training programs with recycled suits for job interviews. In the last five years alone, we have provided suits to over 7,000 men.

Studies show we have seven seconds to make a first impression. Therefore, our mission focuses on aligning a man's outer look with his inner character to help remove biases and enable him to move ahead in his job search.

Our program gives men confidence and a professional look as they prepare for job interviews. We bridge a critical gap between the city's job development programs that provide training, and the look needed to be considered for and obtain employment.

To learn more about our impact, please watch the recent PBS profile on Sharp Dressed Man:

While we are proud of the number of men we have been able to help, there are many individuals in our community who still need our support. A $25,000 grant would enable us to do the following:

Expand our marketing efforts to reach more potential partnerships with local organizations working to help men in need.

Purchase low-cost dress shirts and shoes that we can provide to men in addition to the suits they receive. As the number of men who are relying on our services has increased, finding enough donated dress shirts and shoes has become increasingly difficult.

We will begin exploring a permanent location for Sharp Dressed Man. Our current space is owned by the City of Baltimore, and we just found out last week that the building will be put up for sale and we must vacate the space as soon as possible. We found a new home, and a portion of the grant will be used to renovate our new space to accommodate our services.

A grant from State Farm would allow Sharp Dressed Man to take the next step as an organization. In addition to expanding our mission and improving the quality of our services, our number one goal is to do whatever we can today to ensure our mission exists in perpetuity.

Like many of the men that we help, we are resilient. A building fire in 2016 cost us our home and almost forced us to close our doors. Fortunately, we were able to survive in large part to dozens of generous individuals and the City of Baltimore, which has provided us with a space to use the last few years. However, with the City looking to renovate our current space, they can no longer offer occupancy. We are at a critical juncture: our mission is expanding but our future is filled with questions. Therefore, we desperately need to move into a new home. A grant from State Farm would represent the beginning of our journey in our new home, which will be a place that serves as a pillar of our community for a long time.