Dress for Success Case Study: Logistics and Work Flow Support

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While many agency executives think “consulting” automatically means strategic planning, board development or even financial recommendations – sometimes consulting means logistics planning, modifying work process solutions, writing revisions to job descriptions or even doing grant research.  

For Dress for Success Cincinnati, having OneSource Center as a resource on all these topics has been a tremendous support as the organization prepares for its upcoming move to Norwood in June.   

According to Executive Director Lisa Nolan, when she and her team need help, she asks “How can we utilize OneSource Center’s services to assist us in this effort?”   

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Wanting to best utilize volunteers and the tremendous number of clothing donations coming through their facility, Dress for Success collaborated with OneSource Center to build efficiency systems into its inventory process and to make recommendations on staffing for the Donation Center. 

“Often what happens in organizations is that once work practices and department responsibilities are established, they are simply repeated over time without questioning if they are still the best approach,” said OneSource Center’s VP Consulting Services Vickie Ciotti.

According to Nolan, “Having an outside set of eyes to review, clarify and explicitly document the actions and decision steps needed helped streamline not only our inventory process but this was helpful in developing a program to train new volunteers on how to convert donations into plentiful inventory for both our StyleHER program and Portaluca boutique.” 

Are you an organization that could benefit from improved operational efficiency? A project to clarify flowchart work procedures and decision logic can be a relatively simple and fast way to make big strides forward. It’s as simple as contacting OneSource Center! Initial assessments are free! 

For more information on Dress for Success Cincinnati and its positive impact on the lives of women and their families, visit their website at https://dfscincy.org/