Fall 2012 Quarterly Newsletter

Dear Friend,
ACE Programs for the Homeless is excited to share some of our most recent accomplishments with the supporters who have made them all possible.  So far this year, we have had 124 individuals enroll in Project Comeback and have had 79 individuals find full-time employment.  Here’s to 2012 ending on a successful note!
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Project Comeback Graduation

On August 16th, ACE honored 37 Project Comback graduates, the most in a single graduation in the program’s history, at the New York Law School.  The ceremony room was filled to capacity and those in attendance learned about the accomplishments of an amazing group of formerly homeless men and women who’ve found full-time employment and are on the road to self-sufficiency.

These graduates worked hard every day sweeping the streets of New York keeping our great city clean and beautiful, while completing Project Comebacks job training and education courses.  We appreciate their work ethic and praise their commitment to a better life.
Congratulations to our 37 graduates!

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Shawnee’s Story

Shawnee is a mother to two, a grandmother to one and is a recovering addict who has been clean the last six moths. She heard about ACE at the American Red Criss and after looking into Project Comeback she joined the program.

Three months later Shawnee is happy to be at ACE. “ACE provides recovering addicts and those previously homeless with stability and teaches them to cope with society without the use of drugs. If gives us an opportunity to catch up on certain skills like taking the GED,” she says, “I love how family oriented and supportive everyone at ACE is. The staff is always there to help and you can talk to them about anything; both personal and private.” Shawnee has been attending job training workshops and is also learning how to use a computer. “The teachers are so helpful and take their time to make sure we learn properly.”

Shawnee’s favorite part about Project Comeback is the cleaning. “I love meeting and being around different people and cultures. They really appreciate what we are doing on the streets and many thank us for the cleaning we do.”

Shawnee hopes to take her love of people further and is looking forward to graduating from Project Comeback and going back to school to get her nursing license. She still plans to stay in touch with ACE via Project Stay.

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Junior Committee Fall Soiree

On September 20, 140 young professionals gathered at the Crosby Street Hotel for ACE’s Junior Committee Fall Soiree. The Junior Committee is a group of young professionals who support ACE and its mission to provide job training, work experience and a lifetime support network to the formerly homeless men and women of New York City. The Soiree was hosted by Barbara Duerrer, Tim Morehouse, Adriana De Moura and LuAnn de Lesseps.

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Meet Leslie Marcarello, ACE’s Newest Education Coordinator

Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you heard about ACE?

“I was working at the Education Department at the New York Public Library where I did a little bit of everything; intakes, organized ESL classes and assisted the Centers for Reading and Writing. I was ready to move on and found out about ACE online.”

So what exactly does the Education Coordinator do?

“I work on the literacy side of Project Comeback so I do intakes and orientations, facilitate English and computer classes and assist with job training activities. I also work one-on-one with some of our clients who read at or below a 6th grade reading level.”

What stood out to you about the Education Coordinator position and what has been your favorite part so far?

“It seemed like the right move to make given my background. My life inspiration is to have a job that has meaning and isn’t just a paycheck. Through this position I’m not only able to help people but since the program is evolving I have the opportunity to come up with new ideas and really make something my own. I enjoy my one-on-one tutoring sessions the most as I have now become personally invested in our clients and want to help them reach their goals.”

What do you like doing in your spare time?
“I spend most of my time with my husband and dog at dog parks or exploring restaurants in my neighbor of Astoria.”
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Come to ACE’s 2012 Summer Graduation Ceremony!

When: Thursday, August 16th, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Scholastic Building | 557 Broadway

 
ACE will be honoring our most recent group of Project Comeback graduates on August 16th at the Scholastic Building (557 Broadway, between Prince and Spring Sts) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  These formerly homeless men and women have made a commitment to turning their lives around with ACE’s help.  You may have seen our dedicated cleaning crews around town, but this is a chance to experience the profound change that ACE can effect.

Please join the entire ACE family, your fellow New Yorkers, and the proud friends and family of the graduates as we honor their remarkable achievements.  Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. To R.S.V.P., contact Deana Murtha at 212-274-0550 ext. 52 or DMurtha@acenewyork.org.

 

 

ACE Celebrates 20 Years at 2012 Gala

Last night, ACE celebrated 20 years of empowering the homeless and improving communities with a star-studded gala at world famous auction house Sotheby’s. The evening began with a display of photographs from the collection of ACE founder Henry Buhl, which will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in December. Emcee and Good Day NY co-host Rosanna Scotto and socialite Tinsley Mortimer were among the guests who sipped cocktails and browsed through ACE’s silent auction items.

The main dining area was decorated to resemble the streets of downtown NYC – paper traffic lights hung from the ceilings, table numbers were replaced with street signs and images of gridlocked taxis were projected on the walls. Rosanna Scotto kicked off the festivities by introducing opera singer Jessye Norman, who wowed with her rendition of God Bless America, followed by a hilarious performance from comedian Stewie Stone. Awards were presented to Ms. Norman, Russell Simmons and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Retail. Additional honorees included longtime ACE supporters Tony Goldman, Denise Rich, Steven Tanger and Cynthia Wainwright.

ACE founder Henry Buhl and ACE Executive Director Jim Martin both delivered inspiring speeches highlighting the progress of the program over its 20 year history. Jim then introduced, 2010 ACE graduate Danny W. Danny spoke of his 30-year struggle with addiction and detailed how he finally bottomed out in 2007. After hitting rock bottom, he worked to overcome his drug problem, found his way to ACE in 2010 and became one of our sweetest success stories. Today Danny is clean and sober and has been gainfully employed for almost 3 years. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Danny left the stage.

Sotheby’s auctioneer Jamie Niven then took the stage for the ACE live auction, with some help from longtime ACE supporter Countess Luann de Lesseps from The Real Housewives of New York City (see photo at the right, of the Countess and ACE Founder Henry Buhl). Items included a diamond  watch from Tiret, two tickets to the Owners Suite at Yankee Stadium, a weeklong stay at the luxurious Tryall Club in Jamaica and the grand prize, a 2012 Chevy Equinox SUV. The crowd generously opened their hearts and wallets, contributing more than $87,000!

ACE would like to thank all of the evening’s attendees and contributors for making our 2012 gala a night to remember. Our 20th anniversary celebration doesn’t end there – over the next few months, we will be spotlighting great moments in ACE history on our website and social media sites. Be sure to keep checking our Facebook (ACEprograms) and Twitter (@ACEnewyork) pages for more information.

ACE Participates in Homelessness Awareness Symposium

On Tuesday, March 6th, ACE Executive Director Jim Martin and Project Stay Coordinator Elizabeth McNierney attended a Homelessness Awareness Symposium at Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School. Students from four different NYC high schools attended and four different organizations (ACE, Rock & Wrap it Up, Picture the Homeless and Masbia) presented the unique work they do to help NYC’s homeless population – everything from advocacy, to food pantries, etc.  Jim and Liz facilitated discussions with the students on their perceptions of homelessness, the underlying causes of homelessness, ACE’s unique approach to tackling those underlying causes and how the students can get involved in their own communities in the fight against homelessness.

Spring Graduation Set for March 15th at New York Law School

ACE is set to honor our latest round of Project Comeback graduates at New York Law School (185 West Broadway) on March 15th.  The free ceremony, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will spotlight the accomplishments of an amazing group of formerly homeless men and women who have found employment and are on the road to self-sufficiency.  Graduation is an event that truly gets to the heart of ACE’s mission of empowering the homeless, so be sure to stop by and experience our success in person.  Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony; to RSVP, please contact Jim Martin at 212-274-0550 ext. 61 or jmartin@acenewyork.org.