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Ready, Willing & Able - The Doe Fund
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Ready, Willing & Able provides a working way home for men with long histories of incarceration, homelessness, and unemployment.

At the core of this 12-month residential program is paid work—complemented by holistic social services, career and workforce development training, continuing education, and sobriety support. It is the first program to combine paid work with comprehensive supportive services to help disenfranchised men ascend the economic ladder. Ready, Willing & Able represents a core component of the spectrum of care The Doe Fund offers to New Yorkers in need.

 

The Men in Blue, as participants in the program are known for their bright uniforms, have faced extraordinary hardships, but are determined to improve their lives. Since the program began in 1990, thousands have graduated from Ready, Willing & Able with their sobriety, a full-time job, and a permanent home. A pioneer of the Work Works modelReady, Willing & Able has been replicated or scaled in six communities across the United States.

 

The year-long journey through Ready, Willing & Able takes place over four deliberate, structured phases: Commit to Change, Reenter the Community, Build a Career, and Secure Independence.

 

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THE PROGRAM

THE RESULTS

Ready, Willing & Able does not simply benefit the men it serves. It benefits their families, their communities, and the nation as a whole. An independent study by Harvard University’s Dr. Bruce Western found that Ready, Willing & Able graduates are 60% less likely to be convicted of a felony three years after exiting the program. Overall, the program cuts the risk of future police contact by a third. Ready, Willing & Able also lifts the enormous financial burdens of incarceration, recidivism, and homelessness. An independent audit found that for every dollar utilized in the program, New York taxpayers saved $3.60 in costs associated with emergency city services and the criminal justice system. The Doe Fund is actively considering requests to develop a full replication program for locations throughout the United States.

78%

EMPLOYMENT

Ready, Willing & Able graduates who keep their job after 6 months

62%

RECIDIVISM

Reduction in felony convictions three years after graduating from the program