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Ready, Willing & Working empowers individuals to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a paid-work rehabilitation program. Program participants receive full benefits and supportive services that give them the tools they need to become productive members of society.
DEC. 30, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE:
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Friends of Ready, Willing & Working,

Welcome to the first issue of the RWW Newsletter! With this quarterly publication, we plan to keep you updated on what’s new and exciting at RWW and also spotlight some of the amazing transformations we’ve seen in our team members. 2016 was a great year for the program and I hope you enjoy reading about some of the recent highlights in this issue.

RWW now has over 50 participants in our program, most of whom have histories of incarceration, homelessness, and/or substance addiction. All of our team members earn a living wage and receive supportive services to help them become productive members of society. 

While we’ve been able to help scores of men and women, there’s still so much to be done. There are over 150 individuals on the waiting list to join the program. They want to work. They want to support their families. They want to be responsible citizens. What RWW needs is more funding and support. Something as simple as sharing this newsletter with your network will help us to spread the word so we can help more of those in need.

Whether you’ve been a supporter since the beginning, attended one of our fundraiser events or just happened to come across our organization while browsing the web, I want to extend my sincere thanks for your interest in our program. It is thanks to people like you that we are able to continue to provide job opportunities and supportive services to those who might otherwise be overlooked and forgotten.

Thank you for joining us in the fight to end homelessness and criminal recidivism in our Nation’s Capital. Best wishes for success and happiness in 2017!

- Patty

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR ANDREW LEE RECEIVES HOMETOWN HERO AWARD

On Tuesday, December 13th, the DC Chamber of Commerce held its 2016 Annual Meeting & Chairman’s Inaugural Breakfast at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The meeting brought together nearly 500 influential executives and decision makers from the DC business community to network and celebrate the successes of 2016, while looking forward to the promise and potential of 2017.

Ready, Willing & Working’s Director of Operations, Andrew Lee, was honored with the 2016 Hometown Hero Award for his passion and devotion to providing life-changing employment opportunities to formerly incarcerated and homeless individuals through the RWW program.

The award presentation included a screening of RWW’s latest video, “The American Dream,” which features Andrew and President of the DC Chamber of Commerce, Vincent Orange.

Andrew joined the Capitol Hill BID/RWW in 2004 as a member of the Clean Team and worked his way up to become second-in-command as the Director of Operations in 2008. He has helped countless men turn their lives around to become productive members of society. Congratulations, Andrew – we are so proud to have you on our team!

9TH ANNUAL MAGIC & MIRACLES GALA

The 9th Annual Magic & Miracles benefit for Ready, Willing & Working (RWW) was held Wednesday, November 30th at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, NE.

The event began at 6:00pm with cocktails, live music by the Herb Scott Jazz Quartet and plenty of delicious food provided by Belga Cafe, Trattoria Alberto and Windows Catering. Guests mingled and placed bids on over 70 silent auction items, varying from exotic getaways to goodies from local businesses. Kourosh Taie entertained and mystified guests with strolling magic.

Guests were invited into the Sprenger Theater at about 7:30pm, where they were greeted by our “Men in Blue,” who handed out programs as they entered. Patty Brosmer, President of Ready, Willing & Working, introduced Master of Ceremonies Kojo Nnamdi, host of WAMU 88.5’s The Kojo Show.

Local 18 year-old singing sensation Adalia Jimenez began the program with the singing of our National Anthem. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen gave powerful remarks during the presentation, offering his praise and support of the program.

The event continued with an inspirational video, The American Dream, which showcased Vincent Orange (President of the DC Chamber of Commerce) for his efforts in passing the Living Wage Act, which raised the wages of our team members by 30%. The video also spotlighted Andrew Lee, Operations Director of the Capitol Hill BID and Ready, Willing & Working, for his tireless devotion to the program and our “Men in Blue”.

Check out the video below, which was filmed and produced by Matthew McClain and Pete Couste. After the video, Patty Brosmer presented both Vincent and Andrew with appreciation awards for their work and support of Ready, Willing & Working.

Next, Case Manager James Perry gave a heartfelt testimony to the audience about his experience working with the “Men in Blue”. Mr. Perry is an integral part of the Ready, Willing & Working program and a great role model for our participants.

The evening concluded with Adalia Jimenez performing a powerful rendition of “Miracle” by Whitney Houston. Guests enjoyed dessert in the Great Hall, generously donated by Shake Shack and District Doughnut. Thank you to our sponsors, silent auction donors and everyone who attended Magic & Miracles. Click here for more photos from the event. See you next year!

The American Dream
RWW's latest video, "The American Dream," tells the stories of two men who have helped and been helped by RWW.
DARNELL HINTON RECEIVES PRAISE FROM HILL RESIDENT

We recently received some glowing praise about one of our team members, Darnell Hinton, and couldn't help but share it. Darnell is a supervisor on our Barracks Row team and is always willing to go above and beyond to help those around him, as evidenced in the below testimony.

"My family and I have lived in Capitol Hill for over 5 years, and I'm writing to you to extend my appreciation and gratitude for the dedication, hard work, and neighborliness exhibited by one of your team members -- Darnell Hinton.

I first met Darnell a couple of years ago when my car's battery died on Barracks Row. He happened to be working the block when he noticed I was in need of assistance. To my surprise, Darnell and a coworker of his stopped what they were doing and committed themselves to assisting me. After consulting my owners manual, we walked several blocks to Darnell's car, where he had jumper cables, so we could get the necessary tools to start my car. I recall being pressed for time because of an appointment, but Darnell's pleasant and optimistic attitude turned a stressful situation into one that we could laugh at. I have a hybrid car so it's not the most intuitive to jump, but with Darnell's help, we got my car started and I was on my way.

More recently, I saw Darnell on Barracks Row cleaning the sidewalk and placing mulch in one of the tree planters on a cold, busy day. Despite the foot traffic and wind, Darnell was diligently focused on his work while also being pleasant to pedestrians who occasionally (inadvertently) kicked the mulch as they passed by.

I admire Darnell's hard work and dedication to the neighborhood, and I wanted you to know that it doesn't go unnoticed and makes a real difference in peoples' lives. Thank you and Darnell for your continued efforts."

Have you had a memorable encounter with one of our men or women in blue? Email us at info@rwwdc.org to share your story!

RWW AWARDED FALL GRANT FROM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Ready, Willing & Working was recently awarded a $2,500 Fall Grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for RWW’s efforts in helping formerly homeless and incarcerated individuals become productive, contributing members of society through meaningful employment.

The funds will be used to provide supportive services to the “Men in Blue” you see in Capitol Hill everyday. Supportive services include case management meetings, relapse prevention, Metro fare cards and incentives like meal tickets to restaurants in Union Station.

The Capitol Hill Community Foundation is a community organization funded entirely by contributions from Capitol Hill neighbors and friends. They support activities, projects and groups that enrich the lives of residents and celebrate the history and beauty of the community. Since its founding in 1989, the Foundation has directed more than $6.6 million to a broad range of projects. Check out this article to learn more about the amazing work CHCF does in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Thank you to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for your continued support of RWW!

RWW PROGRAM RECEIVES 2016 DOWNTOWN AWARD

During its 62nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Atlanta in September, the International Downtown Association recognized the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District with a Merit Award for its work and initiatives related to its project titled, “Clean Team Grows Beyond the Boundaries.”

The project, which showcased how the BID contracts its Ready, Willing & Working Clean Team Services to other BIDs and Main Streets, was among nine qualified entries in the category of Downtown Leadership and Management. This category features comprehensive and unique organizational approaches, projects, or programs that improved the effectiveness of downtown management organizations.

“We’re very proud of our ability to provide more work opportunities to homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals through our outside contracts and are thrilled to be recognized by IDA for this initiative.” Patty Brosmer, President of the Capitol Hill BID and Ready, Willing & Working said.

The Capitol Hill BID’s project received the IDA Merit Award for conducting best practice work in our industry of urban place management,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “The project is a shining example of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city.”

Through the Ready, Willing & Working program, the Capitol Hill BID has not only been able to make Capitol Hill a cleaner and safer place, but the entire nation’s capital as well. The program benefits other BIDs and also provides meaningful employment and supportive services to those who may not have the opportunity otherwise.

Washington, D.C.-based IDA is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District is the urban place management organization representing the interests of property owners in Washington, DC and is a member of IDA.

It's not too late to make a donation to Ready, Willing & Working! Any donations received are fully tax-deductible and most appreciated by our homeless and formerly incarcerated participants working hard to make their lives, and our city beautiful. Donate now to help more men like James turn their lives around.
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