Catastrophic fire destroys Working Wardrobes headquarters

On Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at 5:50 a.m., a fire broke out at the Working Wardrobes headquarters located at 1851 Kettering Street, Irvine, California. It was several hours before firefighters could access the building. Everything has been destroyed by this fire and we are working closely with the Orange County Fire Authority and Irvine Police Department for more details.

On Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at 5:50 a.m., a fire broke out at the Working Wardrobes headquarters located at 1851 Kettering Street, Irvine, California. Everything has been destroyed by this fire. Courtesy photo.

“We are absolutely devastated by this catastrophic loss, the heart of our operations is gone and so is 30 years of history,” said Jerri Rosen, Founder and CEO, after the fire. “We are grateful and relieved to report that no one was hurt or in the building at the time of the fire. Now our job is to get back on our feet so we can serve our clients very quickly and we aim to do just that with the help of our remarkable community.”

Statement of facts

  • Approximately 100 firefighters were at the scene
  • OCFA Public Information Officer Capt. Tony Bommarito was onsite
  • No injuries were reported
  • Working Wardrobes has been in this 22,000-square-foot building since 2016

Everything has been destroyed, including:

Donation Center: Large warehouse filled with racks, bins, and boxes filled with thousands of donations. Including jackets, pants, shirts, blouses, ties, shoes, jewelry and additional accessories. Home goods, office supplies, etc.

Wardrobing Center: filled with quality clothing and accessories for men and women in a department like setting.

Career Center: Computer labs where clients worked to research and apply for jobs online training rooms and IT computer labs. Plus, the VetNet team and program for veterans, SCSEP program for seniors, all client services for women, men, young adults, and all wardrobing services.

Corporate Office: Entire operations of Working Wardrobes

We are determined to work with our employees, volunteers and the Orange County community to rebuild and continue to fulfill our purpose of helping men, women, young adults and veterans overcome difficult challenges so they can achieve the dignity of work.

Next steps for Working Wardrobes

Financial donations are what we need the most to rebuild and continue to provide services to veterans, seniors, and unemployed get back into the workforce.

To make a financial donation, please visit: https://workingwardrobes.org/donate-money/

Our friends at Goodwill have stepped up to provide temporary space for our offices, wardrobe departments and donation center in their Fitness Center at 1601 E St Andrew Pl. Santa Ana, CA 92705. Donations can be dropped off beginning Tuesday, February 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are so grateful for their support and partnership. Much will change for us over the next few months as we start our journey over, but we know the strength of our friends and supporters will buoy us.

We need volunteers to help get our new temporary home set up. Please email [email protected] or call 714-210-2460.

We will release a list of our needs for donations soon, please contact 714-210-2460 for more details.

More about Working Wardrobes

Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost career development nonprofit, championing on behalf of at-risk men, women, young adults, and veterans to help them achieve the Power of a Paycheck. The organization was founded in 1990 by CEO/Founder Jerri Rosen. This is Working Wardrobes’ 30th anniversary year. Over that time, with the help of our Orange County community, we’ve been able to help more than 105,000 people overcome barriers to employment and achieve the Power of a Paycheck ®. For more information please visit, www.workingwardrobes.org
The article and photo above were released by Working Wardrobes.