Our Mission and History

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Our Mission Statement:

The Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE) works with homeless men and women throughout New York City, providing job training, work experience and a lifetime support network to help our program participants achieve their goals and establish economic independence.


Our History:

On a summer morning in 1992, Henry Buhl was leaving his loft on Greene Street in SoHo when a homeless man asked him for $20. Figuring, “if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime,” Henry offered the man $20 in exchange for sweeping the sidewalk in front of his building, and then rallied the stores in his neighborhood to follow suit. Within months, word had spread about the new initiative. Recovering homeless men and women were eager to get accepted on the sweeping crew and start rebuilding their lives. Henry began to accept referrals from homeless shelters and charities, and soon founded the SoHo Partnership, which was followed by the TriBeCa and NoHo/Bowery Partnerships. In 1997, the Association of Community Employment Programs (ACE) was created as an umbrella organization to unify the New York City initiatives.

Today, ACE has grown to serve more than 400 people each year with workforce development, Adult Basic Education and job readiness/life skills training in our vocational rehabilitation program, Project Comeback, lifetime support services and opportunities for career growth in our aftercare program, Project Stay, and access to affordable housing through one of our most recent initiatives, Project Home. Since 1992, we have helped nearly 2,000 homeless New Yorkers find full-time jobs and start new lives.

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