Events - The Doe Fund
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Dishes by Doe | Thursday, June 11th, 2020


We are pleased to invite you to our annual Dishes by Doe event, which celebrates the culinary achievements of the Men in Blue. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, June 11th from 6:30-8:30 p.m at Harlem Parish, 258 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026.


Our Chef in Training course prepares Ready, Willing & Able participants for careers in the culinary arts and helps them obtain food licenses. Dishes by Doe gives these men the opportunity to team up with some of Harlem’s hottest restaurants for an exciting culinary showcase.


Graduates of the program have since gone on to work in some of New York City’s most acclaimed restaurants.


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30th Annual Ready, Willing & Able Graduation | Thursday, May 28, 2020


Join us on May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola‘s Wallace Hall (980 Park Ave in New York, NY) to celebrate the Men in Blue of Ready, Willing & Able. Over 300 formerly homeless and incarcerated men will graduate the program this year, after getting the opportunity to achieve and having discovered the dignity of employment, housing and sobriety.


Light refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Stephen Diefenderfer, Director of Special Events, at 646-672-4225 or events@doe.org.

The Doe Fund’s Re-entry Rights Resource Fair | Thursday, March 19th, 2020


Join us on March 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Doe Fund’s Harlem Center for Opportunity 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.


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Career Success Strategies Guest Panel: K + K Reset | Wednesday, March 18th, 2020


K + K Reset, a member of the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, will offer their expertise at a Q&A panel on March 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Doe Fund’s Harlem Center for Opportunity. The panel will be centered on teaching soft skills for the workplace, and is part of our Career Success Strategies program, which equips trainees with the tools necessary to succeed as they reenter the workforce.



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.


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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.


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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.


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