Fire Destroys Working Wardrobes Headquarters in Irvine

Local Non-Profit Facility Providing Work Attire and Training to over 105,000 Job Seekers since 1990 Loses Building and Donation Inventory to Fire

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (February 3, 2020): 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.

“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, as well as housewares, office and cleaning supplies.

    • 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 lab. 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 Us

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.

Financial Donations, please visit:


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Press Alert:

We will hold a press conference at 10 am on Monday, February 3, at Goodwill Fitness Center at 1601 E St Andrew Pl. Santa Ana, CA 92705.

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®.

Please direct media inquiries to Devon Poer, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at or (949) 558-4145.

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