The Doe Fund develops and implements cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism. All of The Doe Fund's programs and innovative business ventures ultimately strive to help homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals achieve permanent self-sufficiency.
A city in recession has lead to a rise in homelessness. With increased housing costs and few employment opportunities, may have found themselves on the streets with no options to rebuild. In memory of a young homeless woman who lost her lift to suicide, The Doe Fund was created to help the displaced, individuals with criminal records and recovering addicts with education and training, employment, counseling and programs they need to transition back into a life of security and independence. With job placement services and paid training, The Doe Fund also provides affordable housing as well as support for those suffering from chronic illness and/or substance abuse.
Created in 1990, The Doe Fund's Ready, Willing & Able program has met job placement needs for citizens wanting to reintegrate back into a stable environment. The program serves individuals who have been granted few resources in life, and gives them the education and social skills needed to support themselves and their families. Offering classes to earn a GED, as well as resume and job preparation, opportunities to help trainees reach their potential in areas from culinary arts to commercial driving are vast.
In addition, life skills such as parenting courses, managing finances and mediation are provided to support self-sustainment and mental well-being. The Ready, Willing & Able Fund seeks to aid its trainees in all facets to prevent recidivism and ensure their journeys are only upward.
Not only is The Foe Fund a program to propel people from homelessness, it's also a forum for activism. After a recent outbreak of mass overdoses of a synthetic drug called K2 in Brooklyn, members of the work program took to the streets to protest against businesses that continue to see their dangerous agent and to prevent victims from falling into a hopeless fate where they once found themselves. Joined by elected officials, the protest served to bring attention to fighting drug epidemics in poorer neighborhoods and that the spread of K2 has the makings of a health crisis. The Doe Fund members continue to rally against the dangers of the drug and for lawmakers to ban synthetic substances.