The Suit that Made a Difference

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There once was a gentleman who entered the doors of the Freestore Foodbank’s Customer Connection Center on Liberty Street looking for a suit and tie for an upcoming job interview, his first.  The man had shared that he had never worn a suit or even owned one of his own, but this job interview was too important for him to go without.  So the volunteers at Back on Track helped him find the perfect suit for his interview, and he was on his way.

A few days letter the man returned to the Freestore to share how his interview went. He was happy to report that he had gotten the job. He went on to say that when he was walking down the street, dressed in the suit and tie, people on the street greeted him and many of them addressed him as “Sir”. This was a big deal because he had never been called ‘Sir” before. He felt proud and confident, as if he would be able to do anything.  He said that wearing a suit and tie motivated him to think and act in a way that would warrant respect.  He was very grateful to Freestore Foodbank’s Back on Track program for the part they played in dressing him for success, helping him find the confidence he needed to interview for the job and start an exciting new chapter in his life.

This story is just one of many that show the great work done by the Freestore Foodbank’s Back on Track program, and it’s also one of the reasons why longtime volunteer Rose Anderson gives so much of her time to this worthy cause.  Back on Track, which is located on the second floor of the Freestore Foodbank’s Customer Connection Center in Over-the-Rhine, exists to help Freestore customers do just what its name suggests, get their lives back on track with the help of donated apparel.

Though only open to customers on Tuesdays and Thursdays (from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)  Rose along with many other dedicated Back on Track volunteers, are often seen working Monday through Friday to receive, sort, organize, and put out the ongoing donations that the Freestore receives almost daily. At any given time, Back on Track houses thousands of gently used garments of all styles and sizes, for men, women, and children alike.  From t-shirts to dress shirts, blouses to blazers and everything in-between Back on Track maintains a constant supply of gently used clothing items that will suit just about anyone’s tastes and needs.

For Rose, who has been with Back on Track since her retirement in 2006, it’s an opportunity to get out of the house during the day and stay busy.  “I just like helping people,” she says and with her help and others, Back on Track provides for the clothing needs of more than 4,000 customers every single year as they prepare for job interviews and work training, as well as in emergency situations.

So whether you’d like to be a volunteer like Rose who has extra time available to lend a hand, or you have an overflowing closet and would like to donate a few items of clothing, we hope you will consider getting involved with Back on Track, because who knows how a suit, tie, shoes, or a coat could change someone’s life for the better!

To learn more about Back on Track or how you can donate please call (513)357-4822. Want to volunteer with Back on Track?  Please email our Volunteer Services Department at or call (513) 482-7550.