Project Comeback – Kenneth

In the third installment of our video testimonial series, ‘Project Comeback’, Kenneth shares how coming to ACE has changed his life. Thank you to all of our supporters and friends who have made comebacks like Kenneth’s possible. Please know that your continued support will provide struggling New Yorkers with the training, resources and support they need to find employment and reunite with their families.

Project Comeback – Florencio

In the second installment of our video testimonial series, ‘Project Comeback’, Florencio shares how coming to ACE has changed his life. Thank you to all of our supporters and friends who have made comebacks like Florencio’s possible. Please know that your continued support will provide struggling New Yorkers with the training, resources and support they need to find employment and reunite with their families.

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 over 2,500 homeless New Yorkers find full-time jobs and start new lives.

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 training, resources and support they need to find employment and reunite with their families.

They Say ACE Empowers the Homeless

Produced by the team at SingularDTV, this video captures how ACE empowers individuals experiencing homelessness and how their lives are changed when they achieve goals they never thought possible. You can empower someone with the skills they need to succeed by making a gift this holiday season.