• Project Comeback – William

      Project Comeback – William

      In the first installment of our video testimonial series, ‘Project Comeback’, William shares how coming to ACE has changed his life. Thank you to all of our supporters and friends who have made comebacks like William’s possible. Please know that your continued support will provide struggling New Yorkers with the …Read More
    • Locked Up in Rikers Island at 14 – Erik’s Story in His Own Words

      Locked Up in Rikers Island at 14 – Erik’s Story in His Own Words

      My name is Erik. I grew up in a poor neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1970’s. My father was an alcoholic, so my mother raised me by herself. It was rough for me back then. “When I was 14, I got locked up …Read More
    • Carlos Nin’s Story

      Carlos Nin’s Story

      ACE Graduate, Carlos Nin, shares his incredible story with The New York Times. We greatly admire Carlos’ determination and resolve as he continues forth with his sobriety and gainful employment. Read his story here.Read More
    • The Go-To Girl – Tenisha’s Comeback in Her Own Words

      The Go-To Girl – Tenisha’s Comeback in Her Own Words

      My name is Tenisha Sanders. I am a mother of three and a grandmother of three. In my early years, I was a social butterfly. I spent a lot of time mixed up with the wrong people, places and things. The things those people were involved in, I thought would …Read More
    • Amy’s Comeback Story – Amy Overcomes Homelessness and Abuse to Start Her Family

      Amy’s Comeback Story – Amy Overcomes Homelessness and Abuse to Start Her Family

      Amy is a smiling young woman in her mid twenties. If you ask her, she’ll tell you her childhood wasn’t that difficult. The details, though, tell a different story. Amy was raised by her grandmother and her aunt in Bronx, NY. “I grew up in a bad neighborhood, “ she …Read More
    • NY1 Report – Homeless New Yorkers Get Back to Work by Cleaning Jackson Heights Streets

      NY1 Report – Homeless New Yorkers Get Back to Work by Cleaning Jackson Heights Streets

      As Robert Perez helps to beautify Jackson Heights, he’s getting a chance at a clean slate. “Before I came to this program, I was a mess. Legal problems, I was homeless. I had really no hope,” said Perez. Perez is referring to the Association of Community Employment Programs for the …Read More
    • Latricia’s Comeback Story – You Helped Latricia Find the Rainbow After the Storm

      Latricia’s Comeback Story – You Helped Latricia Find the Rainbow After the Storm

      Latricia grew up as an only child and from an early age her family noticed her gift for helping others. By the age of nine, Latricia was volunteering to spend her free evenings and weekends caring for her sick aunt. “I just liked helping older people,” she remembers. Latricia made …Read More
    • Raymond’s Comeback Story –  I Just Know I’m a Loving Person

      Raymond’s Comeback Story – I Just Know I’m a Loving Person

      At the age of 29, while serving a prison sentence, Raymond realized he was suffering from decades old trauma. From the time he can remember up until 11 years of age, Raymond lived in an extremely hostile environment, and only years later did he realize the effect it had had …Read More
    • Kendall’s Comeback Story – My First Job in 20 Years

      Kendall’s Comeback Story – My First Job in 20 Years

      Kendall was adopted at birth. He grew up in a loving home in Richmond, Virginia. He and his family were regulars at church and his parents were, in his words, “big on work ethic and education.” Kendall describes his upbringing as healthy, but as he got into his late teenage …Read More
    • Benita Rudolph’s Story

      Benita Rudolph’s Story

                  We are thrilled to see another amazing ACE Graduate, Benita Rudolph, have her story featured in The New York Times. We are proud to see Benita achieving her goals and know this is just the beginning. Read her story here.Read More
    • Derrick – Faces of ACE

      Derrick – Faces of ACE

    • Raymond Overcomes Addiction and Homeless After 35 Years

      Raymond Overcomes Addiction and Homeless After 35 Years

      Raymond can light up a room with his words, smile and laugh. He is smart, charismatic and friendly. One would never guess that for 35 years he was lost in drug use, in and out of jail, and on the streets. I sat down with the now employed ACE graduate …Read More
    • Thanks to You, Nicole is Going Back to College

      Thanks to You, Nicole is Going Back to College

      Nicole, a 2013 ACE graduate, is headed to Metropolitan College! Nicole is the proud recipient of the Henry Buhl Academic Scholarship. Below is a brief glance at her harrowing comeback story: Nicole’s childhood was not a dollhouse fairy tale, but a crack-house nightmare. Born and raised in Newark, Nicole’s mother …Read More
    • Jimmy’s Success Story

      Jimmy’s Success Story

      When James was released from prison in 2008 at the age of 61, he felt he had hit rock bottom. Saddled with a dark history of lifelong addiction and crime, and having nowhere to turn for help, he found life empty and meaningless. “I was a hard worker and an …Read More
    • Lillian’s Story

      Lillian’s Story

      Lillian 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 …Read More
    • Benita’s First Family Holiday

      Benita’s First Family Holiday

      Benita 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 …Read More
    • 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 …Read More
    • 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 …Read More
    • Jacqueline

      Jacqueline

      Walking 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 …Read More
    • 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 …Read More