Our journey from New York City to 1221 Bainbridge Street

In June 1998, a long-time homeless advocate in Philadelphia saw a news clip on Good Morning America about the award winning Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) program founded and operated by The Doe Fund in New York City.

Within hours, the program's founder, George T. McDonald, received a phone call and plans for RWA-Philadelphia were underway.

With support from the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Shelter Services (now called the Office of Supportive Housing) and the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation, RWA opened with 70 beds and a work-training center in 2001.

Since then, RWA has become a Philadelphia institution and a model housing, employment and social service program.