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“Threads for Success” Opens at Elm Street Academy

By Nancy Fusco, BOCES Job Coach

Job Coach students need clothing for internships.  So I created and developed a school/work learning enterprise, which supplies scrubs, jeans, coats, work boots, dresses, sneakers, and even prom dresses to the Job Coach students we work with.  My fellow Job Coach, Tammy Rauber, came up with a catchy name for the endeavor . . . "Threads for Success."

As a participant in Leadership Allegany 2016-2017, my group started a community service project that set out to benefit our BOCES Job Coach Classroom students.  The people who currently benefit from Threads for Success now include all the students at Elm Street Academy including their families, Rainbow Hall students, Wellspring Ministries clients, and Cuba Cultural clients.”

We build our inventory through donations from individuals cleaning out closets, Alfred State College’s clothing drive, Red Barn Mall/Bear’s Repeating in Caneadea, and Houghton College’s clothing drive.  I welcome all donations of clothing and shoes.  Please contact me at to arrange pick-up of items you wish to donate.

We even have a “Threads for Success” banner, which was designed by White Imprints in Cuba.  Ashley, one of the Job Coach student workers, is pictured with our banner and our shoe display.

Our Job Coach students help unload clothing, assemble clothing racks, sort clothing, and determine what inventory is appropriate to our students, the clients at Wellspring Ministries, the clients at Cuba Cultural Center.  The students then help to distribute clothing.

The scrubs and shoe pictures are part of our set up on the Elm Street Academy stage.

Recently Sue McElheny’s Job Coach classroom has recently teamed up with the Cuba Cultural Center.  Sue’s students set up a clothing display, which allowed clients to browse and take items, while waiting for their monthly food box distribution.

Chef Joseph Fusco is shown standing on the shoe display he made for Threads for Success.