Doe Fund comes to Union Turnpike
by Rafael Lacayo
Aug 08, 2012 | 1373 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman James Gennaro, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assemblyman David Weprin and local business owners gathered at The Sly Fox Inn last week to discuss the importance of The Doe Fund initiative on Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows.

The Doe Fund takes formerly homeless men and puts them to work cleaning neighborhoods throughout the city, while providing a place to live, job training and counseling.

“We basically do sanitation, change the garbage cans, clean the streets, and paint detail, which consists of painting fire hydrants, poles and mailboxes,” said Doe Fund worker Mark Bradley. “Anything that can help the community look better we do it,”

The Doe Fund has worked in nearby Kew Gardens Hills for 10 years and is welcomed back every year.

“Once you bring The Doe Fund in, you never get rid of them,” said Gennaro. “The program is perfect and we’re in it for the long run. They are here and they are going to stay here.”

According to Robert Gargiula from the Union Turnpike Merchant Association, Union Turnpike is an area that without proper maintenance can accumulate trash.

“The trees in the median of Union Turnpike were overgrowing and becoming dirty,” he said. “The Doe Fund is going to clean up and maintain it, so there area will be clean.”
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