Marano Fellows Class of 2010

Name: Patricia Laufer

The Doe Fund

Location: New York, New York
Primary Industry Sector: Wholesale Food
Type of Organization: CBO

“The opportunity not only to identify but to help mold high-quality jobs for our trainees and support them in advancing in their careers. It is also exciting to think that I can help employers and an entire industry succeed.”

Organizational Mission: To develop and implement cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism. All of our programs and innovative business ventures ultimately strive to help homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

Interest in Sector Work: We are interested in working in the Wholesale Food Distribution Sector in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx. We chose this sector after working with Baldor Specialty Foods, a wholesale foods distribution company, and learning more about the challenges and opportunities the sector presents for our participants who are formerly homeless and formerly incarcerated men. 80% of The Doe Fundís participants are African American and 90% have a history with the criminal justice system. This population faces significant barriers to employment and The Doe Fund is continuously searching for ways to level the playing field for them. We want to go beyond placing people and account management. Our hope is to understand the challenges to employment, retention and advancement that exist in this particular sector, both for the employee and the company, and to create a pathway to accessibility and success.