Celebrating staff and summertime

2DSC_1520On June 5th, The Doe Fund’s Harlem Center for Opportunity held its annual summer barbecue  in appreciation of all the men and women who do exemplary work for the organization. Some set the bar every day in how they approach their work, while others have held the organization up for years and continue to contribute to its cause. Together, they are the stars of a family—the Doe Fund family.

Founder and President George McDonald welcomed Kenneth Smith, Miriam Edwin, and Vanessa Springer to the Employee Recognition Program. Kenneth has risen above and beyond the call of duty since joining The Doe Fund in 2010, taking our culinary department to the next level by preparing minds as a mentor on top of preparing meals as the Executive Chef at our Porter Avenue facility. Miriam admirably empowers the “men in blue” by motivating them to get equivalency degrees even when the going gets tough and has been an Education Manager since 2010. Vanessa could not join us in person but has been doing a fantastic job as a Career Advisor at our Pathways facility since 2011.

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Following these awards, George recognized employees who have served the organization for 10 years, praising their commitment to The Doe Fund’s cause and building the backbone of the organization’s family. A special thank-you goes out to James Curry, Carmen Estrella, Jerome Fludd, Brian Kelly, James Pearson, Dennis Piervicenti, Don Pridgen, Hoa Tang, and Eric Wright for their continued engagement with their work and the organization’s mission.

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Founded in 1985, The Doe Fund provides life-transforming services for the homeless, the formerly incarcerated, disenfranchised youth, and people living with AIDS. The organization's flagship Ready, Willing & Able program has helped tens of thousands of individuals achieve permanent self sufficiency through paid work, transitional housing, and employment training.