Every day, The Doe Fund’s three transitional facilities provide a safe, stable home for 670 homeless men to transform their lives. Our team takes great pride in maintaining an impeccable home for each of the Men in Blue; a respite where they can focus on their journeys to better lives.
That’s why we are thrilled to “virtually” open our doors to our community of supporters. We welcome you on a Google 360 tour of The Doe Fund’s largest facility, the 400-bed Peter Jay Sharp Center for Opportunity in Brooklyn. Now, you can see for yourself how The Doe Fund’s facilities exceed expectations of what a “homeless shelter” can be.
“We invited Google into our facilities so the public could see that this is not your typical New York City homeless shelter,” said Nazarene Griffin, Director of The Doe Fund’s Peter Jay Sharp Center for Opportunity in Brooklyn. “The Brooklyn facility is unique because of the beauty of the building, as well as range of on-site resources available to trainees.”
On-site services at the Brooklyn facility are designed to provide holistic support to the Men in Blue, including include case management offices, medical care, indoor/outdoor recreational space, and quiet study areas. This Google 360 tour allows users to click through the hallways to see common areas, such as the community garden and spacious library. Users can even open the doors to reveal computer labs, classrooms, and offices where trainees in Ready, Willing & Able receive life-changing services and instruction.
“For a lot of our men, this is the best place they’ve ever lived,” Griffin said.
Creating an environment optimal for personal transformation has been a core value of The Doe Fund since its first 70-bed facility opened in Bed-Stuy in 1991. Each facility that followed—the 200-bed Harlem Center for Opportunity, which opened in 1996, and the 400-bed Peter Jay Sharp Center for Opportunity in Bushwick, Brooklyn, which opened in 2003—was designed with this standard in mind.
“At the Doe Fund, we hold our trainees and our facilities to a very high standard; it’s part of our culture, and our facilities reflect that culture,” said Griffin. “The true sign of a Doe Fund building is that everybody has a purpose–going to work, school, training, and reuniting with family.”