Human Services

Doe Fund, Inc.

Work works!

aka The Doe Fund / Ready, Willing & Able

New York, NY

Mission

The Doe Fund's mission is to develop and implement 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.

Ruling Year

1988

Founder and President

Mr. George T. McDonald

Executive Vice President

Ms. Harriet Karr-McDonald

Main Address

232 East 84th Street

New York, NY 10028 USA

Keywords

The Doe Fund, welfare to work, Ready Willing & Able, homeless, job skills training, paid employment experience, shelter, violence prevention, recidivism, incarcerate, prison, transitional employment,

EIN

13-3412540

 Number

7687189323

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Transitional Care, Half-Way House for Offenders/Ex-Offenders (I31)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Currently New York City is faced with 58,000 to 60,000 homeless people on any given day. At The Doe Fund's three transitional residences in Central Harlem and Central Brooklyn, the 660 men we work with each day have multiple factors contributing to their being homeless, in addition to skyrocketing housing prices. In FY18, 58% of our residents had not completed high school, 79% reported substance abuse issues, 100% were unemployed, and 32% had just been released from incarceration in the past 180 days. Incarceration for all admitted averages over 11 years of imprisonment per person - a number that continues to escalate. Twenty-six percent were age 30 or under, 82% were African American / Black, with the remaining percentage almost entirely Hispanic.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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The Doe Fund - Ready, Willing & Able

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of participants who gain employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people,

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

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Average hourly wage of clients who became employed after job skills training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people,

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Related program

The Doe Fund - Ready, Willing & Able

Number of industry-recognized certifications earned by trainees

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people,

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Related program

The Doe Fund - Ready, Willing & Able

Context notes

51% of certifications were in construction, 21% in culinary trade, 14% in transportation, 13% in building maintenance, and 1% in pest control.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Doe Fund's mission is to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism to help New York City’s highly vulnerable homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

The Doe Fund has stood out from most non-profits serving the homeless in these areas: 1. A culture of work: A resident has the opportunity to earn a paycheck on day one at The Doe Fund for participating in work preparation and in-depth skill training. 2. Wraparound services for multiple issues: In addition to paid training and work, The Doe Fund provides computer training, education, 12-steps with weekly testing to prove abstinence, case management, medical services, child support payments, daily meals, housing and job placements, and other resources to build self-sufficiency. 3. Social enterprises that create paid training and work: The Doe Fund creates public/private partnerships for social enterprises that result in paid on-the-job training and employment opportunities. Social enterprises include: - Street cleaning for BIDS and parks - On-the-job construction training - Pest control "Pests at Rest" business - "Dishes by Doe" catering and farmers' market business

The Doe Fund operates 3 transitional residences in Central Harlem and Central Brooklyn for 660 per day, and has built and now operates 7 permanent affordable / supportive / scattered site housing developments for another 500+ residents. Our unique "Ready, Willing & Able" paid training program for our 660 transitional residents is made possible by public / private social enterprise partnerships with over 50 businesses to create paid on-the-job training and jobs: - The Doe Fund contracts with Business Improvement Districts and Public Parks for our paid work preparation street cleaning program. - We contract with NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to hire 100 employees each year from our pool of residents and from the surrounding communities to work in public facilities. - We serve as a recruitment site for Workforce1 particularly for maintance and construction hiring. - We ensure trainees are prepared - in FY18 trainees earned 567 industry recognized certifications.

The Doe Fund continually collects and analyzes data to determine best practices. Through the Client Tracking Database (CTDB), The Doe Fund is equipped with a secure and exhaustive database that records information about a trainee during all phases of the program, from demography and personal histories at intake, through graduation, and beyond. The database is maintained by a full time staff of IT professionals who continuously improve its interface and back-end. The database is populated by trained front-line social services, program, and workforce development staff.

FY18 outcomes for The Doe Fund's transitional residence program: • # admitted to 3 residences: 1,258 • # in "Ready, Willing & Able" work preparation and advanced occupational training: 1,107 • # industry-recognized certifications earned: 567 (FY17) • # trainees who obtained jobs: 262 • % 6-month job retention: 66% • # placed in housing: 340 Recidivism: A 2010 study by Dr. Bruce Western at Harvard University showed that RWA reduces future felony convictions by 60% and the risk of police contact of any kind by one-third. In 2017, The Doe Fund studied a sample of 446 RWA program graduates from 2009-2015 with prior incarcerations in New York State. Of this sample, 385 (86.3%) showed no instances of recidivism in NYC within three years of graduating from RWA. That data is now being validated by New York State. National expansion: The Doe Fund's first launch of "Ready, Willing & Able America" in Philadelphia is now becoming an independent 501c3 as we prepare to replicate in new cities

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Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The Doe Fund makes every effort to hire graduates from its program. In calendar year 2017 alone, The Doe Fund hired 69 graduates, primarily from African American/Black and Hispanic cultures.