In the Spotlight: New York City’s Doe Foundation
Date:  08-07-2014

Organization helps over 1000 people a day with jobs, housing and education
Almost 30 years ago the Doe Foundation was founded by George T. McDonald in memory of a homeless woman known only as “Mama” Doe who, after being thrown out of Grand Central Station on Christmas Eve, froze to death on Christmas morning. McDonald soon teamed up with Harriet Karr, an actress and screenwriter who was writing a screenplay about April Savino, a 19 year-old homeless woman in New York who sadly committed suicide. McDonald and Karr soon married and dedicated their lives to helping the homeless reconstruct their own. Looking for the root cause of homelessness George T. McDonald and Harriet Karr-McDonald realized that addictions and unsuccessful community reintegration from prison were high on the list.

Today, the Doe Foundation is known for its programs and businesses that help over 1000 people a day. The Doe Foundation’s website highlights some of their many successful programs:

  • Ready, Willing & Able – The Doe Foundation’s flagship offering provides homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals with transitional work and housing, case management, life skills, educational assistance, occupational training, job readiness, and graduate services

  • Ready, Willing & Able: Pathways - An intensive non-residential work and education program for recent parolees

  • Veterans Program - A specialized program which offers homeless veterans transitional work and housing, counseling and benefits advocacy, life skills, educational assistance, occupational training, job readiness, and graduate services

  • Affordable housing - For low-income individuals and families

  • Supportive housing - For individuals and families with a variety of complex challenges such as chronic homelessness, substance use, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and chronic unemployment

    Learn more about the Doe Foundation here.