At the core of this 12-month residential program is paid work—complemented by holistic social services, career training, education, and sobriety support. It is the first and only program that combines paid work with comprehensive services to help men become permanently self-sufficient.
The “Men in Blue,” as participants in the program are known, have faced extraordinary hardships, but are determined to change their lives and the lives of their families forever. Since 1990, more than 6,500 men have graduated from Ready, Willing & Able with their sobriety, a full-time job, and a permanent home.
The year-long journey through Ready, Willing & Able takes place over four deliberate, structured phases: Commit to Change, Reenter the Community, Build a Career, and Secure Independence.
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Ready, Willing & Able does not simply benefit the men it serves. It benefits their families, their communities, and the nation as a whole. An independent study by Harvard University’s Dr. Bruce Western found that Ready, Willing & Able graduates are 60% less likely to be convicted of a felony three years after exiting the program. Overall, the program cuts the risk of future police contact by a third. Ready, Willing & Able also lifts the enormous financial burdens of incarceration, recidivism, and homelessness. An independent audit found that for every dollar utilized in the program, New York taxpayers saved $3.60 in costs associated with emergency city services and the criminal justice system. The Doe Fund is actively considering requests to develop a full replication program for locations throughout the United States.