September 19, 2017, NEW YORK—The Doe Fund announced today receipt of a $30,000 grant from the State Street Foundation, the charitable arm of State Street, in support of the organization’s occupational training programs. State Street has supported The Doe Fund’s work since 2006.
Occupational training is an integral component of Ready, Willing & Able, The Doe Fund’s 9-12 month residential program for men with histories of homelessness and incarceration. In addition to occupational training, Ready, Willing & Able trainees engage in paid transitional work, social services, and education as they work towards permanent self-sufficiency and economic independence.
The Doe Fund offers its trainees five occupational trainings in order to prepare them for jobs and careers in related employment sectors, including building maintenance, construction, commercial driving, pest control, and food service. Each occupational training ends with a certification or professional license, significantly increasing the likelihood of a higher starting wage and the potential for lifelong career advancement.
The State Street grant will be invested in occupational training programs across The Doe Fund’s three residential facilities in Harlem and Brooklyn, where more than 2,000 men are served each year.