MenzFit is a 501(c) (3) Educational Non–Profit organization whose mission is to ensure long–term gainful employment and financial fitness, to low–income men who are largely minority with little formal education. This is achieved by providing professional attire, career development services, and financial literacy services. By offering such services, we create a bigger impact on the lives of our men, as they not only will be able to support themselves and provide for their families but also uplift their communities, as well.
MenzFit was founded in March 2001, to address the lack of employment for low–income disadvantaged men. MenzFit has assisted 6,500+ men to gain long-term employment. This has created more than $58,000,000 in taxable income (based on an average salary of $19,500).
For several decades, policies and programs that assist low-income individuals to become self-sufficient, have focused primarily on women and children. MenzFit saw another need - Men.
MenzFit started with a relatively simple concept: 'Give a Suit and a Start' to low-income men. However, we soon recognized that this was not enough.
A large number of our clients have significant barriers that prevent them from performing at their best. In order to really help our clients, MenzFit established the Career Development (CD) program.
Employers often make judgments about a candidate in seconds, and appearance plays a major role in securing employment.
For many men who may be experiencing unemployment issues, MenzFit is available for their rescue.
MenzFit is taking an active, yet innovative approach in assisting our underserved populations, especially in this increasingly competitive job market. Rhonda E. Willingham, the President and Founder of MenzFit, started this unique program to help men get jobs and become self-sufficient. By their ability to become self-sufficient professionals, our men continue to serve as positive role models to their communities by overcoming challenging obstacles on their path to financial and career stability.
We assist a wide range of clients who have been terminated or laid-off workers, returning citizens, low-income individuals, veterans, and more.
Our services help disadvantaged men who have had few educational opportunities and little exposure to what successful and satisfying careers look like. MenzFit interventions lead to an increase in employment opportunities and continued success throughout our clients' employment.
Read more about our support network including our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and Referral Partners.