Queen’s Chronicle Highlights ACE’s Great Work

The Queens Chronicle wrote a story to highlight the work ACE is doing to keep the community clean. Council Member Koslowitz contracted ACE to provide sanitation services in her district and the community is noticing the difference. Read the full story through the link below.


Must See ACE Documentary

This video follows Herbert, Ricky and Donnell who have made incredible comebacks through ACE. These successes are made possible because of supporters like you. Make a life-changing gift below. Thank you to Loch Phillipps and Off Ramp Films for their beautiful work on this project.

#GivingTuesday is December 1st

Giving Tuesday
Donald was all smiles at his ACE Graduation Ceremony

Articles and studies are published on a rolling basis that demonstrate philanthropic giving’s direct relationship to happiness and success.  Here is is an op-ed from the New York Times about exactly that. And here is an article from Science Magazine that cites a Harvard study shows buying gifts for yourself negligibly increases happiness, but giving to others dramatically increases positive feelings for yourself and others.

#GivingTuesday is a chance for us to grab the attention of the public and do some true good in our city, in our world, and in our own lives. Giving will make you happier, it will improve the lives of homeless and impoverished, and it will spur true change in our city. Spread the word about #GivingTuesday.

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Thank You for Helping Lance Go from Shelter to Supervisor

Lance moved to New York City with his mother and father when he was seven. He had a middle-class upbringing and was never worried about financial insecurity. “My dad made good money as an accountant. I never imagined growing up that I could be homeless.”Lance and Jim

Lance graduated high school and immediately wanted to start working. He got a job as a bike messenger for a firm on the 86th floor of World Trade Center One. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, Lance locked up his bike and entered a deli across the street from the World Trade Center. As he put in his usual breakfast order, he was jarred by a series of explosions.

“Oh my God, a plane hit the World Trade Center”

I looked out the window and thought, oh my God, a plane hit the World Trade Center. After a while, the deli filled with soot and debris and everyone started to panic. I panicked. I ran out of the deli and headed for the One train. When I got to the station the police were pushing people into the train. Everyone was yelling and crying. It took an hour to get to 34th street, and that’s when they made the announcement that Tower Two had collapsed. I was in a daze. Later that night, when I finally made it home to the Bronx, my parents and my grandparents broke down. They had thought I was gone.”

ing a freight train coming at me”Lance and His Dad Hug“Finding myself homeless was like standing on the track and see

Like many thousands of New Yorkers whose companies were devastated, Lance lost his job. He shifted gears and started taking classes at Devry University. For a decade, Lance maintained a series of steady jobs, but in 2013 his life took a tragic turn.

Lance had a good position working at the Department of Commerce, but budget cuts were implemented and he was laid off. At the time, he was living with his mother and father in a run-down building in the Bronx. His family was forced to vacate the apartment when they refused to pay rent after a bathtub fell through their ceiling. Lance had no income, no home and his fLances Dadamily had nowhere to go.

Suddenly, Lance and his parents were homeless. They entered the New York City shelter program, and it was there that things went from bleak to terrible. After a short time in the shelter, Lance’s mother unexpectedly passed away due to a he
art attack. Lance was distraught and fell into a depression. Looking back on that time he says, “I took things for granted. Finding myself homeless was like standing on the track and seeing a freight train coming at me.”
A counselor at the homeless shelter referred Lance to ACE’s vocational training program, Project Comeback. It was your support that provided Lance this path back to self-sufficiency. You provided the work experience on ACE’s maintenance crew and the classroom resources he needed to build his resume and apply to jobs. After six months with ACE, Lance earned a full-time position as the Crew Supervisor on the Broadway Clean Team.

“Thank you for believing in me”

Lance at the deskAt the ACE graduation ceremony, Lance touched the audience when he pointed to his father and said, “I just want to make you proud.” With tears in their eyes they embraced. This compelling moment happened because you, and others like you, gave a gift to someone in need. In Lance’s words, “Being helped by someone who doesn’t know you, who is willing to give you a chance, that feels great. Because of those supporters, I am actually now in a position to give to others who want an opportunity. It is incredible.”

It’s now a year later and Lance is doing great. He continues to proudly earn a living managing the Clean Team and he rents an apartment in Staten Island. He asked us to pass on this message, “Thank you for believing in me.”


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How to Have a Great Time with Your Friends and Help the Homeless: The Art Strut

Getting involved in the fight against homelessness can be overwhelming. There are, however, ways to help those Art Strutin need just by doing what you love.

For example, Danielle Natzinitsky wanted to help homeless New Yorkers, and she knew that her friends and neighbors were interested too. She decided to harness the momentum of her community focused organization the SoHo Strut and donate the proceeds from her community event, The Art Strut, to help men and women at ACE get back into the workforce.

The evening was focused on art appreciation in SoHo and drew a savvy crowd to the Zen House. Featured art included Cernesto, Joseph Maloy, Gumshoeart, Eddy Bogaert, WizardSkull, Ramiro Studios and Brandon Seins. A good time was had by all, and as a bonus, Danielle and each one of you who attended contributed to raising $2,000 dollars for job-training programs at ACE.

If you have a hobby, interest or talent that you want to utilize to help homeless men and women break into the workforce, please reach out to Jessica Cannold at jcannold@acenewyork.org. If that does not sound like you, don’t worry. Your straight forward donation is already providing life-changing opportunities.


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Interview with Ladurée President

Laduree Garden PatioAt this year’s Gala we honored two of our staunchest and most generous partners, Ms. Elisabeth Holder Raberin and Mr. Pierre Raberin. You may recognize them as the family behind the legendary brand Ladurée, known worldwide for their Macarons and fine food.

Last year, the Parisian powerhouse opened doors to its  first U.S. location, right here in SoHo.  It is a beautiful and spacious restaurant, tea salon and pastry shop, colorfully decorated and with with Macarons spilling over the front counters.

The Ladurée brand is known worldwide for their corporate social responsibility. With the intention of contributing to a flourishing NYC community, Elisabeth and Pierre have literally done everything in their power to help ACE get homeless and impoverished New Yorkers into the workforce. They have hired men and women straight from our program, sponsored and hosted events, and donated their resources. They have become a part of the ACE family.

One of ACE’s regular staff, Travis Tinney, caught up with Ms. Holder Raberin and asked her a bit about why Ladurée believes in ACE and what goes into making their restaurant such a special addition to NYC.

beautiful-teaTravis: Why does Ladurée support ACE? And how do the two share similar goals? 

Ladurée President of U.S. Operations, Elisabeth Holder Raberin: Ladurée is a family business and growing up my brother and I were always taught to give back and help others. ACE echoes that sentiment and we are so thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful organization that is helping to change lives and better our community. 

Laduree and ACEWhat are your goals for Ladurée as a socially responsible and proactive enterprise?

We strive to set high standards in the company that reflect not only our brand heritage but that help propel our business and staff to be part of the community and give back through organizations such as ACE. 

What is it about Ladurée that makes you such a unique addition to the NYC community?

The rich heritage and history of the brand is really unique. Ultimately, Ladurée brings a piece of France to New York through our expertise in food, wine, and pastries—what we call L’Art de Vivre.


What is the philosophy that goes into building the menu at Ladurée? Are you showcasing favorite cuisines? Creating a mood? Do you have a favorite dish?


The menu at Ladurée SoHo is a mix of signature dishes that have been part of Ladurée for years infused with dishes that we knew were a staple in New York. We also have seasonal menu with fresh new ingredients that are in season. My favorite dish is the Vol-au-vent, a puff pastry filled with chicken, wild mushrooms and cream sauce, A Laduree Classic.


What is your favorite aspect of dining at Ladurée in the spring and summer?


The Garden at Ladurée SoHo is my favorite part of the Spring and Summer in New York. It is something we look forward to all Winter. Sitting outside under the cherry blossom trees with the warm sun is just something you cannot take for granted in New York and I am so happy to be able to share that with all of our guests. 

We are very grateful to Ladurée for their unceasing support of ACE, and their belief in a better NYC. You can learn more about everything Ladurée at www.laduree.com, and you can taste it for yourself at 398 West Broadway. Bon appétit!