The Tacony CDC board has approved an agreement for Street Maintenance Services with the Doe Fund, Inc also known as Ready, Willing & Able here in Philadelphia to provide regular cleaning two days per week along Torresdale Avenue.
Ready, Willing & Able breaks the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism by providing paid transitional work, occupational training, housing, and comprehensive support services to homeless individuals.
Since 2001, Ready, Willing & Able has helped hundreds of homeless adults graduate into lives of self-sufficiency by attaining full-time work, securing independent housing, and maintaining sobriety. Ready, Willing & Able trainees, often referred to as the “men in blue” — because of their trademark blue uniforms — work to rebuild their lives and work to keep many of Philadelphia’s parks, sidewalks, public spaces and facilities clean — making the “City of Brotherly Love” a better place for all.
Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) works with Philadelphians facing serious social and economic barriers: 100% are homeless, nearly 70% of RWA trainees have incarceration histories of 5 years or more; 96% have a history of drug or alcohol abuse; and 36% do not have a high school diploma or a GED.
Despite these challenges, Ready, Willing & Able believes that “work works” to overcome poverty, addiction, and crime — and helps men become productive, contributing members of our community — and responsible fathers to their children — again. Our comprehensive transitional work and housing program helps men realize their potential and directs them on a path to independence.
The Tacony CDC is excited to partner with Ready, Willing & Able to bring this service to Torresdale Avenue. The addition of regular corridor cleaning marks a major milestone for our organization, and was identified as a long-term goal in our strategic plan. We need your support to help us fund this critical service. Please join us today and become a member.