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UPCOMING EVENTS – 2020

For the safety of our community, all in-person events have been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and updates, email events@doe.org or subscribe to our newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page.

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Dishes by Doe | Thursday, June 11, 2020

 

Every year, we showcase their accomplishments of the trainees in our Culinary Arts and Chef in Training programs at Dishes by Doe. This year, we will celebrate online!

 

Join us here on June 11th to see videos from Dishes by Doe Chairs Ryan and Ethan Hawke, our trainees, and partner restaurants. You will also be able to bid in an online Auction for sensational experiences, like lunch with former Jets safety and current CBS analyst Erik Coleman or an eight-course chef’s meal prepared by the exclusive Junzi Kitchen in Harlem.

 

COVID-19 has laid bare the inequities in our city and our nation. The people we serve are unquestionably those most impacted by this pandemic.

 

As essential workers, the Men in Blue are doing what’s needed, when it’s needed. Today, that means partnering with nonprofits to cook and deliver meals to vulnerable New Yorkers, and training our men for careers in institutional kitchens like hospitals, shelters, nursing homes, and schools.

 

If you are a regular Dishes by Doe attendee, we ask that you renew and consider increasing your annual sponsorship in recognition of this transformational work. If this is your first Doe Fund event, please know that your help could not come at a more critical time.

PAST EVENTS

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Mock Interviews | Thursday, February 6, 2020

 

Volunteers will meet with Ready, Willing & Able trainees from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Peter Jay Sharp Center for Opportunity (89 Porter Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237) to conduct mock interviews and share helpful feedback. These mock interviews mark the start 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 men of Ready, Willing & Able at the 2013 Mama Doe Candlelight Vigil.

Mama Doe Memorial | Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

 

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.

16 Bars Documentary Screening and Panel | Friday, November 8th, 2019

 

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.

You’re Invited to Our 2019 Gala | Thursday, October 24th, 2019

 

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.

 

Purchase your tickets today >> 

The Doe Fund’s Career & Resource Fair | Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

 

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.

 

More information >> 

The Doe Fund’s Re-entry Rights Workforce Clothing Drive | January 28th – February 28th, 2019

 

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.

 

Find a drop-off location near you >>