LIC nonprofit helps homeless transition to full-time employment

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A Long Island City-based nonprofit organization that helps homeless men and women achieve economic independence through job training, work experience and a life-long support network graduated 47 more who have transitioned to full-time employment.

At a ceremony last week the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless celebrated the achievements of the graduates, who used the skills they learned and the certifications they earned during their participation in ACE’s four-to-six- month program to find employment in a wide range of sectors, including: hospitality, maintenance, sanitation, food services, social services and distribution.

“Forty-seven more New Yorkers will be heading to work tomorrow morning instead of to a program,” ACE Executive Martin James Martin said. “These are some of the hardest working people that I ever met and I am inspired by their achievements. ACE will continue to work closely with them to ensure they maintain their employment and seek opportunities to advance in their professions.”

Each graduate became a member of ACE’s employment retention program, Project Stay, in which staff help the newly employed individuals maintain their jobs and increase their earning capacity. ACE Graduate William Lester, who is now employed full-time as a construction worker, said, “ACE put my life in the right direction and guided me to where I can navigate my own calling.”

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

Posted 12:00 am, March 4, 2018
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THINK from Queens says:
WELL, shouldn't this be the responsibility of this awful deBlasio administration for ALL homeless people in shelters. But as it stands all this administration has done is warehous people into poorly run shelters (many hotels turned shelter)with little security and no social services and the DUMP them into communities and destroy quality of life with increase crime, loitering, drug dealing, prostitution, public drinking and urinating, panhandling, noise and a whole host of other problems that communities having shelter dumped into them are seeing.

So while this is great for a tiny tiny group of people, what about the huge numbers. AND when is this city going to come clean with statistics of the homeless. Like how many are from out of state or out of country who got put into the homeless shelters when they got there due to the archaic "right to shelter" laws, which most homeless know about and which places the burden on NYC and off the places where they come from. Or how about how many of the homeless have been caused by the emptying out of Riker's Island. Or the amount of homeless who have been unemployed for years or decades who just refuse to work. Or those with drug and mental health problems that refuse to clean up their act. Or the amount of people who have multiple very young children and have been in shelter for long periods of time (I mean who gets pregnant when you don't have a job or cannot properly provide for your kids).

Many questions that this administration is NOT answering.
March 4, 2018, 8:49 am

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