dorothy lee

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dorothy lee


29991 Canyon Hills Road, Suite 1708-527


Lake Elsinore

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CEO/Founder, Suit 4a Suit / 1 Suit @a Time Projects, 501c3, "Assisting those job seekers in need with donated suits"

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Before the Transition, Inc.

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Lake Elsinore

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(in progress)


Retired 2016 from education as a Career Development Program Specialist for 21 years with Los Angeles County Office of Education. Mother who raised five wonderful children as a single mom, and have 14 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Earned my BS Degree in Business Management at California Coast University. I studied for my credential through San Diego State University and Cal State University Long Beach, earned Credentials in Professional Clear Designated Subjects Vocational with a focus area of teaching full-time: K-12 and Adult – Computer Applications/ Office Applications, which I am still certified through the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for over 10 years. Taught in unified school districts and the private sector in “Office Occupations/Computers/Secretarial Science” in vocational schools. Volunteered my spare time with many other community groups/services, and special projects for over 15 years. Volunteered as a Director for Kidz Korner/Familia Unida-Living with Muscular Dystrophy, Project Research and Development Administrator for grants, with Parent Community Action Team in Inglewood, California.

Successfully, years ago, as a contractor, coordinated and created a curriculum for a new class of students enrolled in a nursing program with St. Francis Medical School. Course title 'Office Occupations/Computer Applications for Medical Nursing Students.' Curriculum consisted of: “MS Office Computer Training, Intro to Word and Excel, Having a Professional Demeanor when Working in an Office Environment, Goals-Short/Long Term, What is a Resume, Correct Application Process, How to Get and Keep a Job, What Employers are Looking for in an Employee, Job Coaching; Interviewing with Confidence, How to Job Search Effectively and Get Results, and Dressing for Success – First Impression Counts.”

CEO/President, Founder for Before the Transition, Inc. (BTT). Before the Transition, Inc., started in 2009 in Southern California. Since I raised my children as a single mother, I wanted to volunteer and give back to the community. So I volunteered at a shelter of single young mothers ages 17-24. Gave workshops in mentoring, job coaching, dressing for success, employment development, life skills, motivation, computer training; and awareness topics covering domestic violence and harassment on the job. One day a counselor called me, and said "one of the young ladies has a job interview" (the following day) and needed a suit. I reached out to my network of employment specialists/ representatives/friends via email, and the word was out “single mother in need of a suit." I had an overwhelming response, and that gave me the inspiration to start my clothing closet for those in need. We are helping those in need with professional clothing such as suits, shirts, ties, shoes, dresses, blouse…etc. Our motto is: “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do" (quoted by Robert H. Schuller) for God is my Strength. Helping those with 1 Suit@ Time.


Before " Transition, Inc.
Helping those with "1 Suit@ a Time"

Presently, BTT provides professional suits, ties, shirt, shoes…etc., to on-sites closets (BTT hubs of 5) to agencies such as the County of Los Angeles County Probation Day Reporting Center (DRC) since 2010. Our second 2/2015) is providing professional clothing to Los Angeles Trade Tech Community College to Veterans, Foster Youth, Seniors, and Ex-offenders in campus programs for a special project 'Suit for a Suit' in memory of my father who was a veteran. Bassett Unified Adult School District, La Puente Adult (4/2015), and PV Jobs (7/2015) who will be helping the youth who some have barriers (felonies) that will help and teach other youth to become successful through their program to get their lives together, and reduce recidivism by seeking and finding employment in the community.

Provided clothing in events such as:
 Served on committee to assist with a 'Dress for Success Day' with Central Juvenile Hall and Women Empowerment (8/2011) with workshops and with the distribution of clothing, but plans changed. We plan to reach out to other populations such as those with disabilities and those going through domestic violence situations.
 Assisted with clothing for law enforcement Honor and Strength Community Re-Entry and Rehabilitation Program, Women’s Treatment Program Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches (LAM/HOPICS) (women coming out of incarnation), Vinewood Re-Entry Federal Program, Pathway to Your Future (single mother shelter), Urban League, and Volunteers of America (service center for veterans). 2013-2016)
 BTT provided clothing for graduating foster youths with Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for two years, assisted single mothers/fathers with children, and provided to those who live in shelters.
 Provided clothing to EDD offices located in Compton, and presently have a closet with EDD Disable Veteran Outreach Program located in Canoga Park, CA, 2015.
 Lake Elsinore Alternative High School 3/2015, and closet is in progress at this school.
 BTT was given the opportunity to partner with Global Community/Starbucks Schultz Foundation, partnering with, Nordstrom, and Alliance for Children’s Right ‘Suit 4a Suit’ project, to clothed foster youth, and other seeking jobs in the ‘100k Opportunities’ event on 2/11/16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in Los Angeles CA that had an attendance of over 1000.
 UCLA Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation | Pritzker Foster Care Initiative Goods for Grades event on April 7, 2016 which partnered with other charity agencies and gave clothing to foster youth on campus who was seeking jobs and those that graduated with their degree.
 Assisted in giving out professional clothing on 8/21/2015 and 8/26/2016 for the Inaugural Career & Resources Fair, Sponsored by: South Bay Veteran Employment Committee. In Collaboration with: Isadore Hall, III, Senator, 35th District, Patrick O’Donnell, Assembly member, 70th District, Assembly member Mike Gipson, 64th District, Supervisor Don Knabe, County of Los Angeles, Fourth District, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor, CRS Productions, South Bay WIB, Department of Social Services, Cal VET, VFW, New Directions for Veterans, and the Employment Development Department. The event was located at the ‘Home of the Battleship Iowa’ in Long Beach, CA.
 BTT also coordinated a fashion show on 9/17/2016 in Lake Elsinore, at the Outlet Mall with VF Clothing store, and it was a big success.
 Trade Tech assisted foster youth with Alliance for Children’s Rights giving out suits to young teens on 9/30/2016.
Future Events:
 Operation Makeover – we will be assisting with this event that makeover veteran women, located in Riverside, CA, 10/8/2016.
 Veterans Fundraiser towards collecting more clothing for veteran’s women, Project, 1000 Suits for 1000 Women Veterans.
 Fundraiser for foster youth, Project, Suit 4a Youth

Achievements: BTT received an 'Honorary Award' (May 11, 2010) from the Board of Supervisors of the Los Angeles County (Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas office) for the service that is being provided to the men at the DRC Center with the Los Angeles County Probation Department with professional business attire. Also we were awarded by probation department an "Award of Thanks" in 2012, and also a 'Certificate of Appreciation' from Centinela Community Resource Fair, June 21, 2014, by County of Los Angeles Probation Department.

BTT plans to continue assisting those in need, as we grow and one day become one of the largest clothing closets to help one person; one child, one youth, one woman, one man at a time. Those seeking employment with one suit at a time, because the saying:
"First Impression Does Count”

Getting a suit; They will experience the ABC's (A Better Chance towards Success) of seeking employment when they feel good about how they look in a suit. They know that first impression counts, which will build confidence, and the self-esteem to get out there and hit the pavement, towards seeking a job, and one day someone will say "you are hired and welcome to our company"

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