Now that The Doe Fund has expanded to six cities, she has been able to help more than 800 men find meaningful work.
BAY SHORE, NY, November 11, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Harriet Karr McDonald has participated in The Star Treatment, a prestigious video series hosted by renowned lawyer and television personality, Star Jones. This premier video series is extremely limited — Marquis Who's Who qualifies 500 listees on an annual basis for this elite service. Backed by a storied career in media that spans more than two decades, Star works closely with Marquis listees to assist with networking goals and commemorative efforts that can be shared with a worldwide audience.
As the president of The Doe Fund, Ms. McDonald has made it her mission to combat homelessness and recidivism through innovative work-based programs that advance economic and racial justice. She accomplishes this by way of a three-legged stool, as she describes it: housing, social services, and paying people to go to work. Ms. McDonald feels that without economic trust, there can be no true racial justice, so helping people get to work is a top priority. Work restores dignity and a sense of self-worth, and it is the single best way to lift the spirits of the indigent.
The Doe Fund was started by Harriet's late husband, George. He had grown tired of stepping over homeless people while enjoying expensive lunches, so he decided to do something to help. The couple started working to make things better by buying sandwiches and giving them out at Grand Central Station. In the process, Ms. McDonald had the opportunity to spend time with a homeless girl, aged 17, who had survived in the terminal. In speaking with her, she learned that what the homeless people in that area wanted most was a room and a job to pay for it.
Describing herself as a "visionary for visionaries," Ms. McDonald has always had a desire to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and it was her drive to open opportunities for workers across the country. Now that The Doe Fund has expanded to six cities, she has been able to help more than 800 men find meaningful work. In fact, 70 of The Doe Fund's staff are graduates of the program. These employees are well-suited to help the homeless, having been in their shoes themselves.
Outlining her basic approach, Ms. McDonald told Star, "If a person cannot earn money, they will commit crimes. Nobody can live without food, clothing, or shelter." The Doe Fund offers an alternative, enabling people to deal with their traumas, receive appropriate training and pursue meaningful work that helps provide them with fulfillment and, equally importantly, the funds to support themselves and contribute to the economy.
Because of COVID-19, Ms. McDonald feels that corporate America is recognizing racial injustice in a new way. She hopes that society will realize that programs like hers are necessary to maintain a healthy, caring and compassionate world. With a heart full of compassion and a mission worth spreading, there is no doubt that Ms. McDonald is worthy of the Star Treatment.
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