Help ACE Celebrate Thanksgiving

Turkey day is just around the corner and ACE needs your help to make it a happy one for our program participants.  As a gesture of appreciation for the hard work our street crews do (cleaning sidewalks and storefronts 362 days a year, in rain, snow or shine) ACE is organizing our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon in SoHo on Thursday, Nov. 17.  As is tradition, we are asking local businesses to donate food to this special event – it’s a cost-effective way to show your support and we will gladly schedule a pick-up of whatever delicious goodies you can provide.

Our program participants are fellow New Yorkers who are grateful for a chance to turn their lives around in these ever-trying economic times, and we hope you will join us in giving them a Thanksgiving to remember.   Please contact Michele Schuster at Mschuster@acenewyork.org or 212-274-0550 ext. 23 to secure your participation.  Not a local business?  Not a problem.  You can do your part by making a donation here.

You’re Invited to ACE’s 2011 Fall Graduation!

Where:  St. Anthony’s Church, 154 Sullivan St., NY, NY 10012
When:  Thursday, November 3, 2011  6:30 pm-8:30 p.m.

Join us in honoring Project Comeback‘s latest group of graduates! With ACE’s help, these inspiring individuals have made a commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness and reshaping their lives.  This event is a great chance to see ACE’s mission in action and hear from the hard-working men and women who have found success with our program.  Light refreshments will be served.

To R.S.V.P for our 2011 Fall graduation, please contact Aledia Evans at AEvans@acenewyork.org or 212-274-0550 ext. 21.

Gansevoort’s Good Food Fest Getting Clean Sweep From ACE

ACE will be heading the cleanup crew at Sunday’s 2nd Annual Good Food Festival, taking place at the Gansevoort Plaza from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   The event celebrates this season’s fall harvest and will feature food from a variety of local chefs, farmers and artisanal producers. Attendance is free, while tastings are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit The FEED Foundation and God’s Love We Deliver. For more information on the Good Food Festival, visit http://www.goodfoodfest.com/.

ACE’s proud participation in the festival is a result of our recent partnership with the Meatpacking District Improvement Association.  We are truly thrilled to expand our sweeping efforts with the MPIA and are honored to be part of an event that showcases local vendors, who have always been an integral element in ACE’s success.  Come out, show your support and get a taste of what downtown New York has to offer!

ACE-Ing NYC’s Small Business Services Evaluation

NYC’s Department of Small Business Services issued its annual performance evaluation and well, we ACEd it.  The City’s new Vendor Information and Exchange System, which assesses local contracts, currently covers 5 main areas: human services, construction, professional services, standard services, and goods. ACE received excellent marks in all the applicable areas, so kudos to our dedicated street cleaning crews and their supervisors.

ACE to end Broadway cleaning as of July 1st

ACE crews—dressed proudly in their bright-red uniforms—have become a ubiquitous part of SoHo.  We regret to announce, then, that as of July 1st, we will no longer sweep Broadway between Houston and Canal Streets.

The private support ACE receives among Broadway business and property owners has dropped.  As a nonprofit organization, we have an obligation to our clients to maximize the return of our efforts.   We can no longer send our crews out to sweep busy Broadway sidewalks at a significant financial loss.

Over the years, we have helped thousands of men and women end their cycles of homelessness and dependency.  We also have removed tons of trash from our city’s sidewalks.  To do so, ACE relies on the contributions of New Yorkers to support our sidewalk cleaning operations; pay our clients their weekly stipends for their hard work; and fund the social service component of our program that is vital to our participants’ long-term success.

We of course are still committed to the SoHo community.  We will continue to maintain the bus stops along the corridor, and ACE trash cans will remain on street corners.  Further, efforts are underway to establish a SoHo Business Improvement District.  If successful, ACE will be among the bidders for the BID’s sanitation contract.

If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please contact Jim Martin, our Executive Director, who can be reached at (212) 274-0550 x61 or jmartin@ACEnewyork.org.

We thank all the generous partners along Broadway who support our mission of empowering homeless men and women so that even more homeless New Yorkers might take advantage the opportunity we provide and rebuild their lives.

Look for ACE at This Weekend’s TASTES Festival

ACE Street SweeperACE is proud to announce its participation in “TASTES: Meatpacking Meets Chelsea,” an outdoor culinary event taking place this Saturday, June 4th 2011, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Several of the city’s top chefs and restaurateurs will set up shop along Gansevoort St. in the Meatpacking District and offer samples of their signature dishes to TASTES ticket holders, who will also have access to a historic walking tour and exclusive event merchandise.

Members of ACE’s street-sweeping crews are set to coordinate trash collection and cleanup throughout the day.  All proceeds from the festival will go to support students at the NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies; for more information on tickets, visit http://www.tastesnyc.org/index.html.