Lillian’s Story

lillian and johnLillian grew up in the rougher parts of Brooklyn and started smoking marijuana as a young teenager. Her addiction aside, she was leading a normal life; working in food service and spending time with her family, friends and three children. But her life took a turn for the worst in 2007, when her then-boyfriend planted a gun in her diaper bag without her knowledge. Unaware of the weapon, Lillian walked into a federal building, carrying her baby in her arms and the bag over her shoulder, and was arrested on the spot.…

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Benita’s First Family Holiday

Benita DickersonBenita is a native New Yorker, who was raised in a big, loving family with two brothers and two sisters. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, she got involved with the wrong crowd and started experimenting with drugs already as a young teenager – but before she knew it, her occasional habit had spiraled into severe addiction.

Despite struggling with grave substance abuse problems for most of her adult life, Benita managed to maintain a household and to work steadily as a housekeeper, hair stylist and call center employee.…

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Edwin

Edwin

Edwin was referred to ACE through his rehabilitation facility. He says, “I can’t speak for everyone else, but I was afraid of the unknown. I had been at other programs and failed. Being at ACE was different. I found a home with ACE and a family… I want to thank ACE for believing in me when no-one else did, not even myself.”

Determined to improve his reading and writing skills, Edwin benefited greatly from ACE’s education program, through which he received one-on-one literacy tutoring, and attended math classes and job readiness workshops.…

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Ralph

Ralph

Born in the rough parts of Brooklyn and raised in run-down shacks and projects all over the city, it is safe to say that Ralph has seen the worst that each borough has to offer. His mother battled alcoholism throughout his childhood

As a kid, Ralph struggled in school and began using drugs and alcohol in his early teens. What started off as experimentation quickly evolved into full-blown addiction. His chemical-dependency habits, along with a rapidly developing rap sheet, would dominate much of his adult life.…

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Jacqueline

JacquelineWalking along Prince Street near the corner of Mott last summer, you may have noticed a vibrant and engaging woman speaking to passersby about Use Your Head, ACE’s new resale boutique. That woman, Jacqueline, is one of our most recent Project Comeback graduates and we could not be prouder of her success.

Jacqueline was born in Harlem to a good family. She and her twin sister were the babies of the family, but after their father passed away, it was Jacqueline’s sister who helped to support their family.…

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Kelvin

Kelvin

Like many of our Project Comeback graduates, Kelvin’s journey to us was a long one. He came to our program with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and a pattern of institutionalization for possession, selling and petty theft. Given the circumstances of his childhood, Kelvin got caught up early in a destructive cycle he could not see his way out of and, while he says it was “one hell of a ride,” he also admits, “I just could not see the depth of hell I was lowering myself to.”

On February 23rd, 2007, Kelvin was arrested for selling crack to an undercover officer.…

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