A Community Partner since 2014
What is Boots to Suits?
Boots to Suits, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is a clothing voucher program for male and female Virginia veterans transitioning from military life to civilian careers. It is administered by Junior League of Richmond’s The Clothes Rack at Stratford Hills. Boots to Suits provides veterans with two complimentary career outfits, enabling them to look and feel their best for job interviews and non-military work environments. Military spouses who are job-seeking and the primary household provider are also eligible for this opportunity.
- Download a program flyer to learn more!
- Boots to Suits program announcement.
- Richmond Time-Dispatch feature on November 12, 2016.
- Video coverage of a fitting session at The Clothes Rack.
I am a veteran. How can I receive a voucher?
Boots to Suits works with veteran service providers to distribute clothing vouchers to military clients. Program partners include:
- Virginia Transitioning Assistance Program (VTAP) 804.786.8060
- Department of Veteran Affairs (Rhonda Bell Barnes) 804.396.5731
- McGuire’s Hospital (Star Program/Cynthia Young) 804.675.5000 x7039
- Petersburg Freedom Support Center 804.451.0205
As the program grows, Boots to Suits will include additional veteran service organizations, expanding our reach to transitioning soldiers.
Fitting appointments are required for voucher redemption. They are available Monday- Thursday, 10am-4pm at The Clothes Rack at Stratford Hills. Call Mark Gaddis at 804.323.6270 to schedule yours! Please be prepared to give your sizes so that appropriate clothing selections will be available upon your arrival.
What can I donate to Boots to Suits?
We accept business suiting and casual attire for men and women, including:
- dress pants & khakis
- button-up shirts, polo shirts & blouses
- dresses & skirts
- ties & belts
Donations should be clean, current styles, and in good/ excellent condition. The Clothes Rack also accepts other clothing items for women, men, and children, as well as jewelry, home decor and light furniture.
Your donation is tax-deductible!
You will receive a tax receipt for your clothing donation. Amounts used for tax deductions are the donor’s responsibility and should represent Fair Market Value. Resale values are typically 10% of an item’s original retail value but may vary according to age, quality, and condition. The Clothes Rack may not offer appraisal services. Please visit the IRS website for information on valuing donations and claiming charitable deductions.
Tax-deductible contributions are also needed to support program activities such as dry cleaning, purchasing new undergarments, and obtaining operating supplies. Your donation may be mailed to: Boots to Suits, 205 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA, 23220.
|The Clothes Rack at Stratford Hills
6780 Forest Hills Avenue
Richmond, VA 23225
Monday – Saturday
Please call for your fitting appointment!
How do I volunteer to help?
Hold a donation drive in your workplace, neighborhood or church. For information on organizing a clothing drive, email Sue Farrell.
I am a volunteer service provider. How do I partner with Boots to Suits?
If your organization serves transitioning veterans and would like to distribute vouchers, please email Mark Gaddis, The Clothes Rack’s Director of Retail Operations, or call 804.323.6270.
Thank you for your support!
Boots to Suits is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization and a Community Partner of Junior League of Richmond.