Both Neighborhood And Lives Maintained By New Clean-Up Project
The Beach 116 Street area was cleaned up on Monday by a team of formerly homeless men from The Doe Fund’s “Ready, Willing & Able program” as part of the kick off of a year of neighborhood beautification.
The Doe Fund was brought to Rockaway by City Councilman Joseph Addabbo and his community partner, the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, who secured the $34,000 contract with the Doe Fund. That contract brings the two men to Rockaway Thursday through Monday for one year.
Besides bolstering neighborhood pride, the Ready, Willing & Able program changes the lives of the men who work for the agency.
Ready, Willing & Able workers are all former homeless men, who have come back from homelessness by cleaning up neighborhoods for pay. They all live in Doe Fund’s transitional housing until they can find full time jobs and permanent housing.
His City Council colleagues were eager to praise The Doe Foundation, so he began trying to fit the clean up into the budget.
“I think it’s money well spent,” said Addabbo.
Addabbo hopes Rockaway’s use of Ready, Willing & Able workers will be “contagious” and that other districts in New York will hire the program for beautification needs.
“It’s an all around win-win situation,” the Councilman said