Brooklyn, NY – In December 2006, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman coordinated a group donation to The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program from the businesses and organizations located on Smith Street. The total contribution of nearly $800, which was collected from 20 local establishments, was sent to the Doe Fund to show appreciation for the Ready, Willing & Able program’s services to Smith Street.
One of the most successful transitional employment programs for homeless people, The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program is one of the largest street-cleaning services in the country. Each “man in blue” works 35 hours a week, earning $7.00-$7.75 an hour, sweeping and bagging trash, removing graffiti, and clearing snow from paths and sidewalks.
“On behalf of the businesses and residents of Carroll Gardens, I would like to recognize the outstanding work The Doe Fund continues to accomplish, providing unique job training services, employment opportunities, and permanent job placement assistance to thousands of New Yorkers,” said Assemblywoman Millman. “This holiday season, the merchants and residents who work and live on Smith Street wanted to show their appreciation for the Doe Fund’s contribution to the Carroll Gardens streetscape. The Ready, Willing & Able program has made Smith Street a cleaner and better place to work, commute and live.”