The Overnighters

I recently had the pleasure of watching, The Overnighters, a documentary which premiered at Sundance and won rave reviews as well as a Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking in January. It’s premiering this Friday at the IFC Center here in NYC ,and I highly recommend it.

It was originally brought to our attention because the story line focuses, in part, on homelessness. While the circumstances are very different from our participants, there are universal parallels that it addresses for all homeless individuals.…

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Thanks to You ACE is an Emerging Leader

2014-01-23 08.26.26 (1)ACE began in SoHo 22 years ago with one man sweeping one block.  Thanks to your support, we have grown into a multi-faceted organization that addresses all of our participants needs, serving over 400 individuals annually.  We’re proud that just in the past few years we’ve expanded our reach and now provide maintenance services in all five boroughs.  Now, it looks like our influence may even cross the New York State borders as we have been asked to provide assistance for workforce development programs in Baltimore, MD, through a two-year grant, awarded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.…

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Thanks to You, Nicole is Going Back to College

Success Story NicoleNicole, 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 was on and off drugs and her older brother was a dealer. Nicole remembers seeking comfort and refuge at her best friend’s house, but that turned out to be a devastating mistake, as drugs were more available and accessible there than a glass of milk. …

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Class Today Career Tomorrow

custodial trainingHard skills are extremely important to those seeking employment. Last year we implemented an intensive OSHA training and Food Handling certificate course that has been an asset to dozens of men and women, whose certification has been a path to employment. This year, we are going ever further and adding a comprehensive Custodial Training Program.  This is not your basic mopping and cleaning course. This curriculum will include:

  • Basic Chemistry for Custodians
  • OSHA “Right to Know Law”: Hazardous Chemicals
  • OSHA “Blood-borne Pathogens, Bodily Fluids”: Resilient Floor Maintenance
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response

Completing this course will qualify our participants for full-time custodial positions in hotels, hospitals, schools, and government and professional office buildings.…

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Take ACE Out to the Ball Game

pcb memberYou know the feeling: long, tough week, dog days of summer, you just want to get together with friends, be outdoors and have a little competitive fun! That is just how it went down on Friday, August 8th, for the 2nd Annual ACE Crew and Staff Softball Game.  ACE participants and graduates brought their families to the ballpark and joined the rest of the ACE staff and family for a friendly competition and postgame picnic.…

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eBay Bids on ACE

IMG_2148We are pleased to announce that the eBay Foundation’s GIVE Team has selected ACE to receive a $6,500 grant for the ACE Solutions Lab!

Those of you who have generously donated your time and energy through our Career Clinics have seen our need for more computers, books, and a multitude of other learning resources.  Thanks to the eBay GIVE TEAM, community volunteers, and our donors, we are transforming our rudimentary library into a resource center that we will call the ACE Solutions Lab.…

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