We have been working with Dress for Success Oregon on the design of their new Patricia Whiting Career Center, and the organization had its fundraising kick-off party last week. The event was attended by donors, supporters, volunteers, and staff, and the space was brimming with excitement. Dress for Success has its origin in dressing low-income women who are re-entering the workforce, but during the recession, it became clear that the organization needed to support their clients in job search and retention. The career services were originally provided in a single cubicle, but quickly outgrew its tiny footprint and is presently conducted in the back half of their clothing storage room. They have been so successful through their workshops and programs, that this new Career Center space allows the organization to support more clients in a warm, inspiring, and supportive environment. The event took place in the future space of the Career Center, which was formerly a tattoo parlor. We initially had a variety of design options, including some that kept the original tattoo booths in place, but in the end we landed on a much more open plan. We helped them with the event in the way we knew best: by providing graphic representations of the design. Carson Howell crafted the design boards, while I prepared a slideshow presentation of the design progression and programmatic components. Speeches by staff, the board president, a former client, and the CEO were also part of a dynamic program, designed to inspire everyone who attended the event. Our hope is that this is the beginning of a very successful fundraising campaign, one that will allow the design to come to fruition in early 2013. To find out more about the event and how to donate, please also see the blog post by Dress for Success. Thanks for your support!