What is Boots to Suits?
Boots to Suits is a clothing voucher program for male and female Virginia veterans transitioning from military life to civilian careers. It is administered by The Junior League of Richmond’s 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 main household provider are also eligible for this opportunity.
- Download the program flyer to learn more.
- Boots to Suits announcement on November 10, 2014.
- Boots to Suits featured in the Richmond Time-Dispatch on November 12, 2016.
- Coverage of a fitting session.
I am a veteran, how do I receive a voucher?
Boots to Suits is partnering with veteran service providers who will distribute clothing vouchers to veteran 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 continues to be sustained with donations and operating support, Boots to Suits will partner with additional veteran service organizations to expand our reach in serving transitioning soldiers.
Fitting appointments are required and are available Monday- Thursday, 10am-4pm. Call Mark Gaddis at 804.323.6270 to schedule. Please be prepared to give your sizes so that appropriate clothing selections will be available upon your arrival.
What can I donate?
Business suiting and casual attire for both men and women, to include:
- dress pants & khakis
- button-up shirts, polo shirts & blouses
- dresses & skirts
- ties & belts
The Clothes Rack also accepts other clothing items for women, men, and children as well as jewelry, home decor and light furniture.
Tax-deductible gifts are also accepted to support program activities, including dry cleaning and purchasing new undergarments.
Your donation is tax deductible:
When your donation is picked up or dropped off, you will receive a donation receipt. For more information on valuing and claiming donations please visit IRS website. The Clothes Rack does not offer appraisal services.
The Clothes Rack at Stratford Hills
6780 Forest Hill Avenue
Monday-Saturday between 10:00am to 5:45pm
How can 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?
If your organization serves transitioning veterans and is interested in receiving vouchers to distribute, please email Mark Gaddis, Director of Retail Operations or call at 804.323.6270.