By Jen Bakken
LORETTO, MN Dressing for success, and making a good first impression are key when interviewing for a job.
With unemployment rates at a high point, one could say that dressing for success is even more important now.
Believing he may be able to help, Don Chapman, the owner of Elite Cleaners and Tanning in Loretto and Elite Cleaners in Minneapolis, has offered help to those in the job market.
Though he can’t offer employment to the many job seekers, he hopes to aid them in making that important first impression.
Though his own business has been nearly 50 percent down the past six months, Chapman is helping the unemployed with $32,000 worth of free dry cleaning.
“You read in the papers, and watch on the news constantly about people being out of work,” said Chapman. “I’ll gladly do what I can to help them dress for success and maybe get that job.”
Beginning March 16, dry cleaning coupons were distributed to counselors at South Minneapolis centers working with the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program. The coupons are given to clients who are enrolled in services to help them prepare for job interviews.
Even though two days later, March 18, Chapman was dishing out nearly $4,000 to fix windows shot by a vandal with a BB gun, he is still happy to help where he can.
Elite Cleaners in Minneapolis has been in the Chapman family for nearly 60 years. In 2000, Chapman opened Elite Cleaners and Tanning in Loretto.
Chapman lives in Delano with his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, 12-year-old Hannah and 3-year-old Genevieve.
This local business owner and his good deed have been featured on local and national news stations.
“There’s been a big response to the vouchers,” he said. “If I can find one or two people that my service may have helped, it’s worth it, and I hope to help in other counties. What goes around, comes around, and I hope other businesses will also step in and do what they can.”