Christmas Day Memorial to Honor Mama Doe

Dozens gather to remember the homeless of New York City, including “Mama Doe,” whose death inspired The Doe Fund. 


NEW YORK, NY—On Christmas Day at 11:00 A.M., New York City-based nonprofit The Doe Fund will host its annual Mama Doe Memorial at Grand Central Terminal.

The Mama Doe Memorial is an annual tradition that honors the woman whose life and name inspired the creation of The Doe Fund. The organization has since become a national model for addressing the crises of homelessness and recidivism, helping more than 23,000 men reclaim their lives through paid work.

Leading the Mama Doe Memorial will be more than one hundred men from The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program. Founder and President of The Doe Fund, George T. McDonald, will deliver welcoming remarks, followed by brief remarks from noted civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, prayers from Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, and a speech by Ready, Willing & Able supervisor Jesse Noel.


WHAT: The Doe Fund’s Annual Mama Doe Memorial

WHO: George McDonald (Founder and President, The Doe Fund), Norman Siegel (noted civil rights attorney), Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, formerly homeless and incarcerated Men in Blue from The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program

WHERE: Grand Central Terminal, Main Hall

WHEN: Christmas Day, December 25th, 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Candlelight Memorial: All attendees will assemble holding candles, including Men in Blue from The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program

Speaking and Music Program: 

11:00-11:30 A.M.—Remarks

  • George McDonald, Founder and President, The Doe Fund
  • Norman Siegel, Civil Liberties Lawyer
  • Revered Alfonso Wyatt
  • Ready, Willing & Able Supervisor Jesse Noel


Elizabeth Lion, The Doe Fund (347-522-0706,

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