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Once Homeless, DC Man Finds Key to Success and First Apartment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two years ago, Jeffrey Sledge was unemployed, addicted to heroin and sleeping under the Third Street tunnel. Today, he’s a supervisor for the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID) and sleeping in a warm apartment with his name on the lease. After years of drug use and homelessness, Sledge, a 40-year-old Washington native found Ready, Willing & Working (RWW) – a program of the Capitol Hill BID – and things are looking up.

After seven months in the program, he has fully paid health insurance, a 401k Plan and last month he moved into his own apartment. “The first thing I did when I opened the door was drop to my knees and thank God,” said Jeffrey Sledge. “It feels like I’m back into society again. For the first time ever, I have the keys to a place I can call my home.”

“Jeffrey’s story is truly an inspiration to his colleagues, but honestly we see successes like Jeffrey’s everyday” said Patty Brosmer, President of the BID and founder of RWW. “His experience in the Ready, Willing & Working program exemplifies how sometimes the only thing standing in the way of a homeless person’s success is the lack of opportunity.”

Based on Ready, Willing & Able, a hugely successful program founded in New York by The Doe Fund, Inc., RWW empowers men to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a paid-work rehabilitation program offering holistic programs and supportive services that allow individuals to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

The Capitol Hill BID plans to expand the RWW program to provide opportunities to hundreds of men in the District of Columbia who so desperately want to work, to lift themselves out of poverty, to escape destructive cycles and to be included in mainstream society.

About the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District
The Capitol Hill BID is a 501 ©(6) non-profit organization funded through an assessment on commercial property owners who are dedicated to fortifying Capitol Hill as a cleaner and safer place to live, work, and conduct the business of our nation’s capital, while remaining a national and cultural tourist destination. To achieve this mission the BID provides enhanced services that augment those already provided by the District of Columbia government. These supplementary services include: security, street cleaning, maintenance and graffiti removal, streetscape improvements, marketing and promotional services and community outreach. www.CapitolHillBID.org

About Ready, Willing & Working
Ready, Willing & Working is a 501© 3 non-profit corporation (application pending) that empowers men to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency and criminal recidivism through a paid-work rehabilitation program offering holistic programs and supportive services that allow individuals to achieve permanent self-sufficiency. For more information on the Ready, Willing & Working program, please visit the website at www.rwwdc.org.

Contact:
Patty Brosmer, President
Telephone: 202.842.3333
Fax: 202.842.4404
pbrosmer@capitolhillbid.org

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