2017-07-05 / Features

ACE Programs For New Center For Workforce Development In LIC


(L. to r.); James Martin, ACE Executive Director; NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer; an ACE employee; Henry Buhl, ACE founder. ACE provides job training to homeless men and women and street cleaning services in Western Queens with $120,000 in funds provided each year by Majority Leader Van Bramer’s office. (L. to r.); James Martin, ACE Executive Director; NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer; an ACE employee; Henry Buhl, ACE founder. ACE provides job training to homeless men and women and street cleaning services in Western Queens with $120,000 in funds provided each year by Majority Leader Van Bramer’s office. NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, ACE founder Henry Buhl, ACE Executive Director James Martin, Executive Director of the Horticultural Society of New York Sara Hobel, and ACE staff cut the ribbon on the new ACE Center for Workforce Development in Long Island City on Tuesday, June 27.

“Beyond keeping our streets clean throughout Western Queens, ACE provides an essential public service by offering job training and work opportunities to homeless men and women throughout our city,” said Majority Leader Van Bramer. “I’m proud to support ACE’s good work with funds from my office and am thrilled that they have chosen Long Island City to house their new Center for Workforce Development that will help battle homelessness and give dignity and hope to so many for years to come.”


Officially opening the new ACE Center for Workforce Development in Long Island City were NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, ACE founder Henry Buhl, ACE Executive Director James Martin, Executive Director of the Horticultural Society of New York Sara Hobel, and ACE staff. Officially opening the new ACE Center for Workforce Development in Long Island City were NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, ACE founder Henry Buhl, ACE Executive Director James Martin, Executive Director of the Horticultural Society of New York Sara Hobel, and ACE staff. “The opening of ACE’s Center for Workforce Development in Long Island City, Queens means greater access to life-changing job-skills training for men and women who are homeless,” said Director Martin. “Because of partners like Majority Leader Van Bramer, the men and women at ACE are able to gain supported work experience on sanitation teams that keep our Queens neighborhoods clean and beautiful for residents, businesses and visitors alike. We are proud to now call Queens home and look forward to giving back to this great community.”

Majority Leader Van Bramer’s office has allocated $120,000 each year to the Association for Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE) to provide street cleaning services throughout Western Queens. ACE helps homeless men and women achieve economic independence through job training, work experience, and a lifelong support network. ACE began in the summer of 1992, when Henry Buhl organized local stores on his block in SoHo to offer jobs to homeless men and women in the neighborhood. The program grew into several neighborhood partnerships, and was consolidated in 1997 into the Association of Community Employment Programs as an umbrella organization. Today, ACE services more than 400 people each year.

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