On Christmas Day, December 25, hundreds of formerly homeless and incarcerated men and their families will gather in Grand Central’s Main Hall to remember the life of Mama Doe, the homeless woman whose death on Christmas Day in 1985 inspired the creation of The Doe Fund. This event will honor all those affected by homelessness and incarceration.
Leading the memorial will be more than one hundred men who are enrolled in or have graduated from The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able transitional work program. Founder and President of The Doe Fund, George T. McDonald, will deliver welcoming remarks. He will be joined at the podium by Norman Siegel, noted civil rights attorney; the Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, who will offer prayers; and Ready, Willing & Able supervisor Jesse Noel. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome to join.
Volunteers, including our partners from Actualize Consulting and Credit Suisse, will meet with Ready, Willing & Able trainees to conduct mock interviews and share helpful feedback. These mock interviews are the final step of our year-long Career Success Strategies program, which provides vital preparation for reentering the workforce.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities and becoming a mock interviewer, click here.
The harrowing documentary 16 Bars offers a rare glimpse at the human stories—and songs—that are locked away in our nation’s prisons. On Friday, November 8th, Ready, Willing & Able graduate Terrance Coffie will speak in a panel after the 7 P.M. premiere screening of 16 Bars at Village East Cinema.
Terrance will be joined by 16 Bars director Sam Bathrick and Speech, of the influential hip hop group Arrested Development. Visit the Village East Cinema website for more information and tickets.
We are pleased to invite you to join us and the Men in Blue at The Doe Fund’s annual Gala on October 24th at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.
Our Gala celebrates the individuals we serve; the amazingly resilient, courageous men who have made the decision to change their lives for the better through our Ready, Willing & Able program. Guests will gather to enjoy a delicious dinner prepared in collaboration with graduates from our Culinary Arts occupational training program, and to hear an inspiring speech from one of our graduates.
We are pleased to invite you to Dishes by Doe, an inspiring tasting showcase of the culinary achievements of the Men in Blue of Ready, Willing & Able. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, June 6th from 6:30-8:30 p.m at Viacom’s White Box, 1515 Broadway in Manhattan.
All residents of The Doe Fund’s housing facilities are welcome to join us for a Career & Resource Fair at the Harlem One Center for Opportunity on Wednesday, May 15th.
This special event will include: the opportunity to meet with potential employers, a resource fair offering interview prep and financial advice, resources for health services, gift bags, and more.
Join us on March 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Wallace Hall, in New York, NY, to celebrate the life-changing achievements of the Men in Blue of Ready, Willing & Able.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Stephen Diefenderfer, Director of Special Events, at 646-672-4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Doe Fund is seeking clean and gently used men’s clothing donations to help outfit formerly-incarcerated and homeless men with workforce-appropriate apparel.
If you have men’s clothing items in like-new condition that you’d like to donate, find a location near you. We are accepting: khaki pants, jeans, work boots, polo shirts, button down shirts, belts, winter coats, and more.
Join us on January 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Doe Fund’s Peter Jay Sharp Center for Opportunity in Brooklyn, NY, to take advantage of the many re-entry resources available to you.
At this special event, we will be offering: voter registration, a legal clinic for certificates of relief and good conduct, and free legal consultation.