2004-08-06 / Community

Both Neighborhood And Lives Maintained By New Clean-Up Project

By Carrie Jones


City Councilman Joe Addabbo, Doe Fund supervisor Isabel McDevitt and worker Terrell Walker at the press conference held Monday to open the year’s work programCity Councilman Joe Addabbo, Doe Fund supervisor Isabel McDevitt and worker Terrell Walker at the press conference held Monday to open the year’s work program 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.

Ready, Willing and Able worker Jorge Sotolonge speaks with a local store owner.
Ready, Willing and Able worker Jorge Sotolonge speaks with a local store owner. The men will do seasonally appropriate maintenance such as cleaning of Beach 116 Street from the beach to the Rockaway Sunset Diner and on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 112 and 117 Streets.

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.

Pictured at the opening press conference, from left, Jorge Sotolonge, Doe Fund supervisor Craig Trotta, City Councilman Joe Addabbo, Chamber of Commerce President John Lepore, worker Terrell Walker and Chamber Executive Secretary Joanie Omeste.
Pictured at the opening press conference, from left, Jorge Sotolonge, Doe Fund supervisor Craig Trotta, City Councilman Joe Addabbo, Chamber of Commerce President John Lepore, worker Terrell Walker and Chamber Executive Secretary Joanie Omeste. The Doe Fund was chosen to do the clean up because the sanitation department’s limited resources interfered with their ability to do the whole job, according to City Councilman Addabbo.

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

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