The non-profit Ready, Willing & Working is holding their 8th annual gala Magic & Miracles tomorrow (6-9pm) at the Atlas (1333 H Street). The event is hosted by WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi, and includes a silent auction. Tickets are $75. Ready, Willing & Working aims to end homelessness and recidivism in the District.
From the organization's website:
Ready, Willing & Working (RWW) empowers individuals to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a paid-work rehabilitation program offering a holistic approach and supportive services that allow participants to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.
Modeled after The Doe Fund’s hugely successful “Ready, Willing & Able” program in New York, RWW provides opportunities to the hardest to serve homeless population — single, able-bodied adults, the majority of whom have histories of incarceration and substance addiction. 70% of participants from Ready, Willing & Working remain employed, independently housed and drug-free after 3 years of entering the program.
RWW is the holistic approach the City needs to provide the Continuum of Care for those who are currently living on the streets, in DC shelters and returning to their neighborhoods after years of incarceration.
Awareness and commitment from city officials continues to grow – at the 6th Annual Magic & Miracles benefit at The Atlas Performing Arts Center, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells confirmed his professional and personal respect for the program, remarking that RWW is not just a charity, it is a business.