The thing that makes The Doe Fund so special is how familial it is. Everyone who is involved in the organization is an integral part of the equation and we truly couldn’t operate our incredible Culinary Arts program without the guidance and support of our esteemed chefs. We are proud to introduce Kronna Kenyatta Williams, our new chef at Porter Avenue. In honor of this milestone and to give thanks for your continued support Kronna wrote the following letter:
My name in Kronna Kenyatta Williams and I am the Chef at The Doe Fund. I am writing this letter to thank you for your continued support of The Doe Fund. Before getting involved with The Doe Fund I was addicted to drugs, homeless and eventually found myself incarcerated. Today I can say with pride that I have been clean and sober for fifteen years and since starting my journey towards recovery with The Doe Fund have not looked back a day since. I am now achieving my full potential as I give back to the very same community that gave me the opportunity to change my life forever.
It all started with the bucket.
The bucket was the first step for me to change my life. I entered into The Doe Fund’s Ready Willing and Able program where I performed sanitation work throughout New York City. As I began to reintegrate back into society, I pushed a large and conspicuous blue bucket along the way. This bucket taught me more about myself and life than I ever could have imagined. In its essence, “pushing the bucket” as we call it at The Doe Fund was not just about cleaning up the streets but more so about cleaning up my life. It was my first real opportunity to apply myself and complete a job without being high. It also gave me the opportunity to help people and create a new relationship with New York City. The city that has always been there for me for better or for worse yet through my work with The Doe Fund I learned to respect it and myself. What I loved most of all about my time pushing the bucket was that it gave me the invaluable opportunity to figure out what change needed to happen in my life.
I knew I had to save up enough money to get myself a place to live that wasn’t the park, a shelter, or the A train. Through the help of the Doe Fund I learned how to save and budget my money so I could make that happen. I knew I had to get a job and keep that job so that I would be able to provide for myself. The Doe Fund taught me accountability and responsibility; values that I will forever carry with me.
The Doe Fund did not just help me find a job- it helped me find a career that I love. They helped me find my voice and confidence in myself and my abilities. I no longer needed to seek the validation from others that drugs once provided. The void in my life no longer exists because I now have the confidence and strength needed to live life on life terms. The Doe Fund has taught me that work works because the truth is that there are no short cuts in life.
With the help and support of The Doe Fund I am now back with my family and am proud of the life that I live. The Doe Fund is not just an employer to me, they are my family because they took a chance on me and invested in my life before I even knew how to.
It all started with that illustrious blue bucket and thanks to your support, the bucket will continue to change lives of everyone who pushes it.
Thank you for your continued support.
We are incredibly proud of all that Kronna has accomplished and it is an honor to have him as a part of The Doe Fund family.