Best Foot Forward was founded by Rosemary Werner, and is also affiliated with the First United Methodist Church. Werner says that Best Foot Forward isn’t meant to be an employment agency, but instead is a place where they help clients enhance their job potential.
Best Foot Forward offers clients counseling, coaching and advising, as well as free clothes for that important job interview, since first impressions are vital.
Werner has lined up several local sponsors including Stoneridge Properties, The Provident Bank, The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Amelia’s Hair Salon of Merrimac, Salon Jule in Amesbury and others.
One important supporter to the program is state Rep. Michael Costello, D-Newburyport, who attended the grand opening of First Foot Forward. Costello said that he was very optimistic that it would be possible to allocate some funding that could help Best Foot Forward.
First United Methodist minister Dr. Robert H. Ebersole Jr. said that places like Best Foot Forward are a boon to the community.
Mayor Thatcher Kezer, used oversized scissors to cut a red ribbon inside the house’s main hallway to announce its opening. He added that he loved the concept of Best Foot Forward, because it was a valuable service. He added that teaching people basic tips, skills and hints will give them a head start in finding employment, even during a time during which the economy has been so bad, and jobs are hard to find.
The two-story house where Best Foot Forward is located features a welcoming office right inside the front door and it has a full kitchen in the rear. On the second floor, there are two rooms, one has women’s and the other has men’s clothing. The second floor also features a storage room and office.
Amesbury Public Library director Patty DiTullio said she plans to send library patrons to Best Foot Forward if they are looking for a job. The library is right across the street from it. She said she expects to be sending over a lot of clients.