Experience the Magic of Opportunity and the Miracle of the Human Spirit at the 4th Annual “Magic & Miracles,” an Evening Benefiting Ready, Willing & Working



November 28, 2011
Media Contact: Kelly Maslar, 202-842-3333

Experience the Magic of Opportunity and the Miracle of the Human Spirit at the 4th Annual “Magic & Miracles,” an Evening Benefiting Ready, Willing & Working

Ready, Willing, and Working (RWW), a 501c3 organization aimed at ending the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency, and substance abuse in Washington, D.C., will be hosting the 4th Annual Magic and Miracles, on November 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Ritz-Carlton located at 1150 22nd Street, NW in Washington, D.C. WAMU Talk Radio Host Kojo Nnamdi will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Nancy Squires of The Squires Group will be honored at the event for her continued support and dedication to the mission of RWW. A silent auction will be held featuring items from numerous Capitol Hill businesses and The Ritz-Carlton, and Master Magician Aedryan Methyus will be on hand to amaze and amuse guests! Cocktails and a full dinner are included in the ticket price.

With support from the honorary host committee, which includes members of the United States Congress, The Mayor of the District of Columbia, and members of the DC Council, Magic & Miracles aims to raise money and awareness for the RWW program. Its goal is to expand the program to include all interested and eligible applicants.  Tickets are $150 per individual, $275 per couple and can be purchased online at http://magicandmiracles4.eventbrite.com.

All proceeds from the reception benefit Ready, Willing, and Working.

Ready, Willing & Working empowers men to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a residential, paid-work rehabilitation program offering holistic programs and supportive services that allow individuals to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.  Modeled after The Doe Fund’s hugely successful “Ready, Willing & Able” (RWA) 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.   Over 67% of graduates from the RWA program remain employed, independently housed and drug-free.  RWW is seeing similar successes for the District of Columbia’s homeless and formerly incarcerated.

“In the four years since we started Ready, Willing & Working, we’ve helped dozens of men become productive, taxpaying citizens, and fathers to their children, through paid work opportunities,” says Patty Brosmer, President of Ready, Willing and Working. “Most of our participants will never see a shelter or be incarcerated again.”

“This is great progress but so many more are seeking the same chance – we have literally hundreds of applicants that we cannot serve until we can expand our program.” Brosmer adds.


What Our “Men in Blue” Are Thankful For

You see them on the streets of DC everyday. Our “men in blue” were once homeless or incarcerated, and many have struggled with substance abuse. Today, they are thankful for so much: a warm bed, paid employment, food on the table, and renewed relationships with their children and family members.

This year, we asked the “men in blue” what they were thankful for, and here are some of their responses:

“I am so thankful that I am able to take care of my family and provide for them. I am thankful that I can teach them things that I learned from my job with Ready, Willing & Working.” – Lamont

“I am thankful for family and friends, also for having a job so that I can take care of myself another year. I am thankful for being in good health and to be able to do what I do everyday.” – Reginald

“I am thankful for my loving family and my health, also for all the support that I have in my life at this point. Also especially thankful to Ready, Willing & Working for making me a part of their team.” – Darnell

“I’m thankful for my job and the wonderful people at my job. I’m thankful for being able to provide for my daughter and myself.” – Damon

“I am thankful for staying focused at my job. Everyday it makes me a better person.” – Joseph

Most of all, the “men in blue” are thankful to the Washington, DC community for your support all year long – friendly neighbors who greet them with a smile each day, stop to chat, or thank them for keeping our streets clean, green and safe. They truly appreciate your kind words and encouragement.

On behalf of the Ready, Willing & Working and the “men in blue,” we would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

The RWW team members will be off this Thursday, November 24, to spend Thanksgiving with their families. All services will resume on Friday morning.

RWW Prepares for Magic & Miracles on November 30th

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Just two weeks to go until The Fourth Annual Magic & Miracles at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC.  Join us on Wednesday, November 30th, from 6:00-9:30pm as we honor Nancy Squires of The Squires Group for her ongoing support to the program.

WAMU Radio Host Kojo Nnamdi will be our Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

This year, we will be holding a silent auction at Magic & Miracles. Dozens of fabulous items have been donated by local businesses as well as the Ritz-Carlton, who has donated a luxurious weekend bed and breakfast stay. All proceeds from the auction will directly benefit RWW.

Check out our event page on Facebook for a complete listing of businesses donating to the silent auction. To purchase tickets, visit magicandmiracles4.eventbrite.com.

Early Bird Special for Tickets to 4th Annual Magic and Miracles

Tickets are on sale NOW for the fourth annual Magic and Miracles at the Ritz-Carlton on Wednesday, November 30th.

Don’t miss out on a fabulous and inspiring event with Master of Ceremonies Kojo Nnamdi  from WAMU Talk Radio. We will be honoring Nancy Squires of The Squires Group at the event.

Buy your tickets TODAY to get the Early Bird Special – two tickets for the price of one!  Hurry! Special ends on October 16th.

We hope you’ll join us!

RWW Nominated for Community Service Award at the Hillys

Ready, Willing and Working is excited to announce that we’ve been nominated for the Community Service Award at the Third Annual Hilly Awards produced by CHAMPS – Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce. The Hilly Awards are focused on bringing the community together for one night to celebrate what makes Capitol Hill a great place to live, work and visit. This year, the awards will be held on Sunday, November 13th at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street, NE).

For a complete listing of all Hilly Awards Nominees and to cast your ballot for RWW, visit www.capitolhill.org.

Save the Date for 4th Annual Magic & Miracles

Save the Date for our 4th Annual Magic and Miracles fundraiser to benefit Ready, Willing and Working.

The event will be held on Wednesday, November 30th from 6-9pm at the Ritz-Carlton (1150 22nd Street, NW).

Cocktails, dinner, and special presentation with Master of Ceremonies Kojo Nnamdi, WAMU Talk Show Host.

We will also be honoring Nancy Squires of The Squires Group.



Come experience the magic of opportunity and the miracle of the human spirit.


What Labor Means to our “Men in Blue”

Labor Day is observed this Monday, September 5th. In the dictionary, labor is defined as: 1. a productive activity; 2. the body of persons engaged in such activity, especially those working for wages; and 3. physical or mental work.

To our “men in blue” of RWW, it means so much more.

It means working hard to turn their lives around.

It empowers them to break the cycles of homelessness, criminal recidivism and welfare dependency.

It means creating better lives for their children and families.

As we observe Labor Day this Monday, consider making a donation to Ready, Willing and Working in honor of the tremendous work put forth by the “men in blue” every day of the year. Your support is crucial in ensuring we can continue to provide the resources needed to help these men transform their lives. We now accept donations online, making it easier than ever to help support our cause.

Team and Family Outing Celebrates Success

Above: BID Staff and family members getting ready to head into Six Flags. From right to left: Andrew Lee, Director of Operations; Nicole Lee, Andrew’s wife; Patty Brosmer, President; Nicole’s granddaughter Aniyah; and Kelly Maslar, Marketing and Program Manager.


The Capitol Hill BID and Ready, Willing and Working (RWW) held their annual team and family outing on Monday, August 15, at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The weather was not cooperative at times, but that didn’t stop everyone from having fun! Thankfully, both the luncheon and awards ceremony were held indoors at the park’s Coyote Creek saloon. The rain stopped just as everything wrapped up inside so that team members could enjoy the amusement park with their families.

Team outings are a great way to recognize the success of our RWW team members and reward them for their efforts to make the Capitol Hill area a beautiful destination for residents and tourists alike. After eating a delicious lunch and watching an interactive Bob the Builder stage show, BID/RWW president Patty Brosmer and BID operations director Andrew Lee announced the award winners.

Award categories included:

* Most Improved Clean Team Ambassador
* Green Thumb Award
* Safe Ambassador of the Quarter
* Safe Ambassador Consistency Award
* Clean Team Ambassador of the Quarter
* Most Consistent Team Member
* FISH Award (team member with the most positive attitude)
* President’s Award
* Leadership Award
* Honorable Mentions

Below: Team member Ayittey was excited to receive the Green Thumb Award.



After the awards ceremony, there was a drawing for cash prizes which team members used throughout the rest of their day at Six Flags. Team members also had the opportunity to speak to the group about how RWW impacted their lives. It was inspiring to hear the men discuss their transition from a life of self-destruction and despair to a life as productive, hard-working members of society.


Below: Andrew Lee presents team member Jerome with the FISH Award.

Ready, Willing & Working Hires New Case Manager with Funds Raised from Magic & Miracles

Ready, Willing & Working (RWW) welcomes Carlton Brown as their new case manager for the “Men in Blue.” Mr. Brown has a Masters in Social Work from Howard University and currently works at the Perry School Community Service Center, Inc. where he helps families and individuals with substance abuse issues, economic empowerment and parent mentoring. Mr. Brown will work with the RWW men three days a week focusing on life-skills training, relapse prevention, and individual counseling.

“Thanks to the generous sponsors of our annual fundraiser ‘Magic & Miracles’ we are able to contract with Mr. Brown to provide supportive services that are key to the men’s success in staying drug-free and self-sufficient. Special thanks go out to The Squires Group for donations totaling nearly $25,000,” says Patty Brosmer, president of Ready, Willing & Working.

Director of Operations Andrew Lee added, “Mr. Brown is a great addition to the program. He has led the group in engaging discussions and already signed three men up for GED placement testing.”

Ready, Willing and Working looks forward to many successes working with Mr. Brown.

Other generous Magic & Miracles sponsors included National Capital Bank, the Heritage Foundation, Capitol Hill Exxon, Judy Wood, CPA and CHAMPS.

Third Annual “Magic and Miracles” Benefitting Ready, Willing & Working with Former Channel 7 Anchor Paul Berry

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 7, 2010 – Ready, Willing, and Working (RWW), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization focused on ending the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency, and criminal recidivism, hosted the Third Annual Magic & Miracles at The Ritz-Carlton, on Thursday, December 2, where they honored George and Harriet McDonald, founders of The Doe Fund (Ready, Willing & Able) and announced the launch of Ready, Willing & Recycling.

Over a hundred guests and supporters of RWW enjoyed cocktails, classic piano and magic tricks before sitting down to dinner and a presentation presided over by former Channel 7 anchor Paul Berry, who stepped in to MC when WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi became ill.

The presentation began with remarks from Drew Hubbard, Committee Director, Housing and Workforce Development, for DC Council Member Michael Brown, who commented on the economic benefits as well as the positive social impacts a program like Ready, Willing & Working brings to D.C.  Following Mr. Hubbard was an introductory video by writer/producer Carl Kurlander (St. Elmo’s Fire, Saved by the Bell, etc.) and Matthew McClain of OkTake5 Productions.

Subsequent speakers included Robert Hess, Vice President of Ready, Willing & Able’s Expansion Program and Clarence Carter, Director of the DC Department of Human Services. Director Carter reinforced DCHS’s commitment to RWW and announced further advancements in a pre-fabricated facility for RWW on the St. Elizabeth’s Campus in Southeast DC.

Mr. Berry then announced the new venture Ready, Willing & Recycling, a work-place recycling program that will create jobs, reduce homelessness, and reduce waste. Through Ready, Willing & Recycling, District businesses and organizations can have their used ink and toner cartridges picked up by one of the programs trained workers at no cost and get a tax deduction. 

Mr. Berry then shared the story of George and Harriet McDonald, founders of the New York City based The Doe Fund (Ready, Willing & Able), the program RWW emulates in Washington D.C. Patty Brosmer, president of Ready, Willing & Working, gave special tribute to the McDonalds for their vision and many years of successfully implementing programs that provide life-changing opportunities for thousands of homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals inspired the creation of Ready, Willing & Working in Washington, DC.

The evening ended on words from the honorees and George McDonalds concluding statement, “Work Works.”

This event also featured a guest appearance by Elaine Roecklein, Ms. Classic American Woman 2010 and was sponsored by The Squires Group, Inc., The National Capitol Bank, The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District, The Heritage Foundation, Capitol Hill Exxon, Judy Wood, CPA, and CHAMPS – Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce.

All proceeds from the reception benefited Ready, Willing, & Working.

Photos from the Third Annual Magic & Miracles are located in the righthand column under flickr photos.

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