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Ready, Willing & Working Program Receives 2016 Downtown Award

Washington, DC September 8, 2016 – During its 62nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Atlanta this week, 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 the 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.


Help Give Someone a Second Chance at Hawthorne Thursday, August 4th!

Fundraiser to benefit Ready, Willing & Working
Thursday, August 4th, 2016 6:00pm

1336 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Hawthorne will host Ready, Willing and Working DC’s first happy hour fundraiser for our ninth annual Magic and Miracles Gala: Opportunity Illuminated. A $5 wristband will get you drink specials, as well as going directly to support our benefit. Click here to RSVP!

The benefit will take place November 30th at The Atlas Theatre (1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC), and promises to be fabulous, featuring a silent auction, live music, delicious food from top local restaurants, and an inspirational video presentation.

Ready, Willing and Working ( is a non-profit organization that empowers individuals to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a paid-work rehabilitation program. RWW offers a holistic approach and supportive services, including case management, transportation, meal stipends, financial management, relapse prevention, and life-skills training, that allow participants to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

Our program offers a practical and viable solution to reducing homelessness in DC. While It costs approximately $25,000 to keep a single adult in the District shelter system upwards of $50,000 a year for an inmate to be incarcerated, RWW can house, feed, train, counsel and educate a client for just $17,500. All the members of our team earn a living wage with excellent benefits. 70% of participants remain employed, independently housed, and drug-free after 3 years of entering the program. Most of our participants will never see a shelter or be incarcerated again.

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