A Heartwarming Graduation to Celebrate Full-Time Employment for 18

acegraduation_0913_3787Congratulations to the 18 men and women who were recognized and honored at our November 24th Graduation Ceremony! These men and women have taken the onus onto themselves to turn their lives around, and we applauded them as they courageously shared the hardships and triumphs that they have experienced along that journey. After each graduate expressed what it means for them to become gainfully employed, the evening was capped with Maceo, a long-time graduate and project home participant, delivering a speech to our current program participants.…

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Raymond Overcomes Addiction and Homeless After 35 Years

Ray Grad PhotoRaymond 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 to hear a bit about his struggle and comeback. This is Raymond’s Story:

Raymond was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.…

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Outstanding Service Brings ACE to Church Ave in Brooklyn

Kensington Plaza cropWe are proud to announce that ACE has been chosen by City Council member, Brad Lander, to provide maintenance services to Church Avenue as part of the Clean Up NYC initiative. You will find us on the ten block stretch of Church Avenue, from E. 5th to Chester Avenue, on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is ACE’s third assignment in Brooklyn, along with Nostrand Avenue (Clean Up NYC) and Atlantic Avenue (BID).…

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You Rode The Midnight Express and Raised $17,000

Billy MidnightIn October, over 100 ACE supporters poured into the TriBeCa Grand Hotel for an evening of live entertainment. Author and Screen Writer, Billy Hayes, took the stage and recounted his harrowing story of time in a Turkish prison and his brazen escape. If the story sounds familiar, that’s probably because it inspired the Best Picture winning film, Midnight Express.

We are grateful to the TriBeCa Grand Hotel for providing the food, beverages and venue, to Billy Hayes for sharing his adventure and, of course, to everyone who attended.…

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You Provide the Hard Skills, They Build Careers

Group Certificates BWThanks to your support in 2014, ACE was extremely proud to roll out its Hard Skills Training Program. We began by offering certification courses in OSHA and Food Safety, and then in November we expanded with our most ambitious training yet—Custodial Services. 20 ACE participants, currently in Project Comeback, took part in this 40 hour, hands-on training, and every single one recorded perfect attendance. The attendees now boast competitive resumes that qualify them to work in full-time positions with higher pay and benefits.…

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Elizabeth Israel sits on Food Bank For New York panel

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Last week at the New York Marriott Marquis, Food Bank For New York City held “NYC’s Conference on Hunger and Poverty”, which brought together leaders from the anti-hunger community, media and policymakers, New York City government, supporters and funders to look back at the last year of progress and move forward to close the Meal Gap. Over 500 attendees representing our network of member organizations packed workshops informing and inspiring them to offer new services, improve efficiency, recruit volunteers, and more effectively tell their stories.”
ACE’s Intake and Case Manager Coordinator., Elizabeth Israel, was asked to sit on the panel and speak about workforce development at Food Bank For New York City.…

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