REP. MALONEY SECURES FUNDING FOR DOE FUND'S "READY WILLING & ABLE" PROGRAM

Feb 9, 2004
Press Release
New York, NY - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Manhattan, Queens) today announced that the U.S. Congress had approved $750,000 in federal funding that she had requested for The Doe Fund's Ready Willing & Able program, which provides formerly homeless people with rehabilitative services, work opportunities, shelter, and other support services that help reintegrate them into mainstream society. The appropriation was included in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed by the House in late 2003, but recently approved also by the Senate and signed by the President. She was joined in announcing the funds by George McDonald, President of the Doe Fund; Nancy Ploeger, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; Doe Fund Employees; Mallory Spain, President, 86th Street Merchant and Resident's Association; and Gregg Solomon, of the 86th Street Merchants/Residents Association and the Municipal Art Society Urbanist Chairperson.

Congresswoman Maloney said, "We should all be thankful for the Doe Fund's efforts to improve city neighborhoods, but most deserving of our recognition and support are the vital changes the Doe Fund inspires in real people's lives. The Doe Fund's Ready, Willing & Able program has helped turn around countless people's lives by embracing a compassionate approach that emphasizes work opportunity, rehabilitative services, and affordable shelter. I am proud to have been able to help secure this funding appropriation to help the Doe Fund in its vital mission."

"The Doe Fund is grateful to Congresswoman Maloney, not only for her role in securing this vital appropriation, but for her longstanding commitment to supporting permanent solutions to homelessness," said George McDonald, the Founder and President of the Doe Fund. "Ready, Willing & Able is the nation's most successful residential work program for those considered the 'hardest to serve,' and with this appropriation, we will be able to expand upon that successful track record to provide a helping hand to countless more individuals seeking a fresh start in their lives."

Nancy Ploeger said, "The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has been working with and supporting the Doe Fund for several years now. Their program 'works!' And thanks to them, the Yorkville's busy 86th Street has been kept clean for over 6 years due to their Ready Willing and Able program. We applaud the Congresswoman's support of the Doe Fund and will continue to work with them."

said, "The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has been working with and supporting the Doe Fund for several years now. Their program 'works!' And thanks to them, the Yorkville's busy 86th Street has been kept clean for over 6 years due to their Ready Willing and Able program. We applaud the Congresswoman's support of the Doe Fund and will continue to work with them."

Gregg Solomon, of the 86th Street Merchants/Residents Association and the Municipal Art Society Urbanist Chairperson, said, "The Doe Fund is a win/win organization. The City gets the benefit of the work performed by its members and most importantly its members get the opportunity to advance their lives. The 86th Street Merchants/Residents Association and the Municipal Art Society Urbanists are proud of their association with the Doe Fund and as we move forward with our plans for East 86th Streetscape Improvements we look forward to continue to work with the Fund and its great members."

, of the 86th Street Merchants/Residents Association and the Municipal Art Society Urbanist Chairperson, said, "The Doe Fund is a win/win organization. The City gets the benefit of the work performed by its members and most importantly its members get the opportunity to advance their lives. The 86th Street Merchants/Residents Association and the Municipal Art Society Urbanists are proud of their association with the Doe Fund and as we move forward with our plans for East 86th Streetscape Improvements we look forward to continue to work with the Fund and its great members."

The Doe Fund is a New York based non-profit organization whose mission is to help formerly homeless and disadvantaged men and women achieve lives of independence and self-sufficiency. The Doe Fund's primary goal is to provide these individuals with the job skills training, social support services and the paid employment experience necessary to secure and maintain private sector employment and self-supported housing. Over two-thirds of clients in the Ready, Willing & Able program are ex-offenders, with most having a history of substance abuse, yet 61% of those enrolled in Ready, Willing & Able have graduated from the program.

Congresswoman Maloney expressed appreciation to Members of Congress Frank Wolf (VA) and Jose Serrano (NY) who Chair the appropriations subcommittee through which the funds were allocated. Maloney also thanked Members of Congress Charles Rangel, Jerrold Nadler, and Edolphus Towns for supporting the request for funds to the Doe Fund. She said, "Every project that advances through Congress requires collaboration, and I appreciate tremendously all of the supportive and coordinated efforts that the New York delegation initiates to help our city and state."

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