Majority Leader Van Bramer Cuts Ribbon on New Center for Workforce Development

 

On Tuesday, June 27th, I joined the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE) founder Henry Buhl, ACE Executive Director James Martin, Executive Director of the Horticultural Society of New York Sara Hobel, and ACE staff to cut the ribbon on the new ACE Center for Workforce Development in Long Island City.

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. 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.

I'm proud to have 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 life-long 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.  

"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 James Martin, ACE Executive Director. “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."