ACDN: How long have you been involved with your agency and the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN)?
KW: First Impression, Inc. was incorporated in December 2015, and we joined ACDN in October 2017.
ACDN: What makes your organization special or unique?
KW: What makes First Impression unique is our attention to servicing the client, we make sure they have everything they need, including hair and makeup services.
ACDN: How has this work affected you?
KW: Working in the nonprofit sector has opened my eyes to the many struggles others in our community face. I am less judgmental of others and their situations.
ACDN: What is your biggest challenge leading First Impression, Inc. and how are you overcoming this challenge?
KW: The biggest challenge is what I don’t know. I have learned so much about running a business, working with people and maneuvering the nonprofit world.
ACDN: Tell us a success story about your organization.
KW: Beginning this past September, we have held a sale, to create a revenue stream, which is open to the public and have been very blessed by the response of the community.
ACDN: Tell us a client story.
KW: We worked with a young single mother of twins recently who was interviewing for a couple of different types of employment. One was with a cleaning service and the other was in the health care industry, in an office, which she was not sure she had what it takes to work in an office. With our encouragement, we helped to dress her appropriately for both interviews, with an emphasis on the professional position. She was offered a position at both companies, but took the riskier job, partly because of the confidence she had and the confidence we showed in her.
The following quote, is from her mom, “After my daughter’s appointment with First Impression, she practically floated into my house, filled with confidence and, in her words, feeling like ‘a million bucks’. The clothing and accessories you helped her choose are perfect for her upcoming interviews, but it is what you did for her self-image that will truly carry her forward. Thank you.”
ACDN: If it were not for the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits...
KW: ...I would not have the opportunity to call a fellow ACDN member to find out what works for them and have them share all with me. It is a blessing to have the resources.
First Impression, Inc. (Medina, OH) Photos curtesy of Kathy Warner.