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Success Stories - The Doe Fund
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Meet the Men in Blue

Hundreds of Ready, Willing & Able trainees are working hard each day to transform their lives. You’ll find a selection of their stories here.

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Carlos

An addict at 15 years old, Carlos is now working with justice-involved youth and pursuing higher education. Read his story.

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Darin

Darin came to the Doe Fund after 20 years of revolving incarceration and homelessness. He’s now a student at Bronx Community College. Read his story.

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Derrick

Since graduating from The Doe Fund, Derrick has become our Farmers Market Manager and instructs other trainees on customer service skills. Read his story.

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Craig

Craig had reached the lowest point in his life when he came to The Doe Fund twenty years ago. Today, he runs our street cleaning program. Read his story.

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Danny

“I had six months to straighten my life out or I was going to lose my son. That was my turning point. I joined The Doe Fund a week later.” Read his story.

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Guy

Guy once thought prison was where he belonged. After 9 months at The Doe Fund, he envisions a very different future for himself. Read his story.

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Mikel

After decades behind bars, Mikel was ready to take his life in a new direction. Pushing the bucket was the first step on his journey. Read his story.

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Johnny

“For the first time since I was twelve, I wasn’t a criminal. I was someone who deserved a chance in life.” Read his story.

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Antwoin

Years of drug abuse and incarceration led Antwoin to Ready, Willing & Able—and the culinary training program that changed his life. Now, “Chef Fresh” is one of New York City’s hottest bakers. Read his story.

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Albert

“I was locked up so many times, it stopped bothering me. Sometimes I’d wonder if I was more comfortable being on the inside than out in society.” Read his story.

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Leroy

Leroy didn’t just learn culinary techniques in our kitchen. He learned how to create a new life for himself. Read his story.

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Donnie

At 50 years old, Donnie is finally on his way to earning his high school equivalency in The Doe Fund’s classroom. Read his story.

Tim

After leaving prison, Tim knew he had to set things right with his daughter. Graduating Ready, Willing & Able helped him become the father he always wanted to be. Read his story.

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Ed

“It’s never too late. And one thing I never knew is that you can find hope in other people… There are people who have faith in you even if you don’t have it in yourself.” Read his story.

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Shawn

Through The Doe Fund, Shawn came to realize his true passion: aiding others along the same path that led him to success and sobriety. Now, he’s a recovery coach helping others reclaim their lives. Read his story.