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November 1, 2009

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November 1, 2009

Delancey Street is the "Love" of my life. I went into Delancey Street with a black eye, 7 broken ribs& a broken hand. I had no job skills, no socialization skills, all I knew how to do was shoot herion and prostitute since 13 yrs. old. Delancey Street not only saved my life, they gave me one. Someone sat in the hospital w/me for weeks while I was kicking a methadone habit of 7 yrs. Then they took me into their home. I had got beat up by a pimp, saw Mimi Silbert on TV talking about a prostitution survey they were doing in S.F., they took me in, nursed me back to health, and taught me how to live. I have no doubt in my mind that if it wasn't for Delancey Street, I would be dead or in prison. I've been clean for 27 yrs. thanks to Mimi Silbert and the people that dedicate their lives to helping other people. I could never thank them enough.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've had a life now for 27 yrs. because of being in The Delancey Street Foundation.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes to be made.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Having a life, having my family back, being able to work at a job now where I can give back to others what was given to me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed to helping people learn how to live their lives.

Ways to make it better...

There are no ways to make this foundation better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

None

One thing I'd also say is that...

THANKYOU, THANKYOU, THANKYOU

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

How can I ever write the appropriate words to express my gratitude towards Delancey Street and all that it stands for? If the world could follow the likes of Delancey Street all the problems could be solved.I came to Delancey Street in 1994 with all of my bridges burned. My family and friends finished with me. All they believed in now was that I was either going to die or spend the rest of my life in prison. Delancey Street saw something different. The residents that were there at the time had been down my road once before and knew that if they believed in me one last time I could be someone..someone they,my family and myself could be proud of. Fifteen years later I have become a mommy, wife, college graduate and the best of all a decent human being who cares about others, myself and the world I live in. Thank you, Delancey Street..thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have given me. You are a part of me, forever.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the way I live my life daily.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They have taught me to be kind, decent and helpful to others while in return these actions take care of my well being

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredible, die hards who carry the mission of Delancey Street deep in their hearts.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help that many more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

hi my name is Robert e Smith i went into delancey street in 1998 i stayed 7 years.I want every one to no they saved my life, i had no where to go no hope of making it, anywhere. with no real job skills. I spent over 14 years an in out of prison.I would all ways go back to the some spot.because i new nothing else, i was on my way back to prison for the 5th time. i went in front of judge bane he is a big believer in helping people. he told me he was feed up with my coming back to his court. he told to get a hold of delancey street for a interview. he said i would probably spend the rest of my life in prison if i did not change. Delancey street came to my rescue told the judge they would take me. after getting there delancey street started working on me they where showing me and telling things about myself i could not see. after seeing these things i new i needed to change them. so i stayed 7 years now i help run moovers inc a company that would not be here without Delancey street we employ around 15 people that are from delancey street included the owener. delancey street is still a big part of my life, they,re still there for me and they allwas will be whenever i need some one to talk to or lean on i call delancey street

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I would not be here without the help of delancey street

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

there my family they love me unconditionally

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

there are no payed staff we all work together to make it work

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save more people

Ways to make it better...

there is no no no better experience

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

Before Delancey Street, I was a broke down drug addict and a burden to society. My family life was a mess. I had nowhere to go and nothing to offer anyone or anything. I had visited Delancey Street and knew in my heart, this was the only place that could give me the help and guidance I so desperately needed. It is strict, structured, and you are not addressed as “poor you, you are a drug addict”. I had been through NA/AA, and working the “steps” were no help. I could get away with way too much by telling them what they wanted to hear and then go out and get loaded immediately after the meetings. I needed to restructure my life with habits like working and social skills. That is what you acquire at Delancey Street. You are also taught to be a decent person, making the right decisions based on a set of basic values that when applied to your life’s situations, will carry you through. I graduated 2+ years ago and am now a productive taxpaying citizen. I have a very rewarding life and my family has been restored. I have formed relationships with people that are more than friendships, they’re family. I owe all I am today to Delancey Street for giving me the opportunity, support, and courage to change my life. Thank you D street family!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

I went to D.S.F, some 15 years ago as a last chance, to save my miserable hide. I'd been using for 28 yrs. and had done 10 yrs. locked up. I was so lucky that D.S.F. gave me the chance to learn what made me crazy. So many things are learned at D.S.F. that we graduates could take up hours explaining. Bottom line they let me get a life. Which I love. My love for Mimi And the foundation will be never ending.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that it allowed me to become a productive individule in the community. Who now owns a couple homes instead of robbing them. LOL!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

I went to Delancey Street as my very last attempt at changing my life. At 35 years of age I had been in prison 5 times, in and out of County Jail a dozen and in 4 treatment programs. I had been going to 12 step programs since I was 19 years of age. I really didn't know if I could change my life. I went knowing I was going to need to stay longer than the mininum 2 years..after all I did not get the way I was in 2 short years. I ended up staying 7 years and in so many ways it was the best 7 years of my life. Because of the skills and the self confidence I was taught while a resident I was able to graduate and obtain a very well paying job in the field of corporate finance. Even with multiple layoffs in this fragile economy I have been retained due to excellent job performance. I owe anything good in my life..especially life itself ..to Delancey street.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My employment; my repaired and restored relationships with family and a wealth of clean and sober friends across the US.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

To never have to go back to the way that I used to live...if you would call it living.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers ranged from graduates to public figures. They are dedicated, direct caring and compassionate people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open up additional facilities and reach more people as an alternative to incarceration.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

I was a resident in Delancey Street for 12 years and the acceptance, love, and support was at times overwhelming. I was addicted to crack and had destroyed everything in my life, and had lost all hope of being able to live a clean and decent life. The interview was personal and revealing and showed who out of my own mouth became..it was the 1st time I had to be honest about myself. The people who interviewed me were not social workers or somebody I could con with the poor me story...they too had been down the same road and could call the bull.I was treated like I was part of a family..and my only admission was to take direction, help others, and don't be afraid to believe in yourself. I knew anything was possible when I learned that the beautiful facility was built by former ex-cons and society's throw aways. I worked hard and gave back to a community that excepted who I was and all the not so nice things I had done to myself and others and was doing it without crack...I started to even like myself again and eventually saw this person I use to know the days of BC (before crack) come back. Thank god there is a place like Delancey Street that will help you get your life back, not glamorize your using, not charge you a dime, teach you job skills, and teach you to become a decent, caring, job having, an asset to your community, tax paying, and all around successful human being. And like anything it doesn't fit everyone but after years of seeing "experts" in the field, AA and NA meetings talking about using and eventually after talking about it so much...after the meeting I would go get loaded....from talking about it so much...hummm just a thought. Thanks to Delancey Street for giving this crack head a reason to live.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

I was a resident of the Delancey Street Foundation from 1989 to 1994. I spent time at the New Mexico and San Francisco. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind whatsoever that, had it not been for Delancey Street, I would either be dead or in prison today. Simply put, Delancey Street saved my life. Going through Delancey Street was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life but all of the hard work has completely turned my life around and today I am living a drug free and very productive life. I believe that you get out of Delancey Street what you put into it. If you work hard, listen to the people at Delancey Street who are teaching you, and give it your all the chances of being successful are high. If you take shortcuts and simply staying out of prison is your main motivation then you will probably be back on drugs shortly after you leave. I think one of the things that made a big difference for me at Delancey Street was the fact that I actually worked to pay for my stay at Delancey Street rather than relying on insurance or parents or some other form of funding. This, to me, is one of the main guiding principles of Delancey Street and that is self-sufficiency. They can teach it because they practice it! Delancey Street receives no government funding that I am aware of and earns all of its money by operating businesses that are run by the residents themselves. I love Delancey Street! I have many friends from my time at Delancey Street that are leading productive and sober lives. I have my life back. Today I am happily married and running my own business. The relationships with my family and friends have all been healed. I have created a very strong support system for my continued recovery and I am happier than I have ever been. I owe much of who I am today and what I have accomplished to Mimi, Charlotte, Jack and some of the other special people at Delancey Street!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

myself and others. I know that thousands of people have been helped by Delancey Street over the past 35+ years

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to have more facilities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting my life back.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All of them had been where I was. They were able to communicate with me because they had been where I was when I walked into Delancey Street

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help 10 million people!

Ways to make it better...

I had worked even harder. Even so, it was an incredibly positive experience

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to provide more facilities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Delancey Street is the "model" drug treatment program in the US. If the "war on drugs" incorporated Delancey Street the war would be much closer to being won!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

I was a resident of Delancey Street’s San Francisco facility for nearly 10 years, following 10 years in and out of San Quentin. I truly thought I had thrown my life away and there was no way to get it back. You get so mired in the whole lifestyle, there just seems to be no hope. As I was going to court for (yet another) conviction, I knew I needed to make some change, and I knew it had to be something serious. At 45, I had just about lost all hope. The life-changing effect Delancey Street had on me is nothing short of miraculous. I went there not knowing what to expect, and stayed for 10 years in order to help others have the opportunity I was given. It’s a pretty simple format: you’re given respect, and are expected to give others the same. Granted, Delancey Street may not be for everyone. You have to be trusting and willing to accept responsibility and live your life with some dignity. I was very fortunate to be part of a pilot project with San Francisco State University and earned a bachelors degree in Urban Studies, which I have used to help secure my position with UCSF. My boss, a former Chancellor here, when hearing my response about where I had worked previously, said, “How was I so lucky to get someone from Delancey Street?” That’s just how well respected Delancey Street is here in the Bay Area. I have a close group of friends (some former residents, others not), and very active in many community organizations, and am enjoying a life I thought no longer possible.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every aspect of my life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it has helped me to regain my self-worth and has encouraged me to do whatever I can for others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the staff is entirely residents, except for Mimi Silbert, president. Former felons who did time for fraud are running the accouting department. Amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to change the lives of the worst society has to offer.

Ways to make it better...

I had done this years ago.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2009
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February 22, 2009
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As a graduate of Delancey St. in 1988 I truly question how well this so-called program works. See, I was back smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol just one single week after graduating from there. I was a supposedly a somewhat successful resident for 4 long years too! I did everything they told me and did it well. I was not the only one either that immediately went back to drugs and alcohol. Of the 8 or so other residents that graduated around the same time as I did back in 1986, 6 were at least smoking pot and drinking shortly after graduation. One is back in prison for 20 years. Most of the comments on this page suggest high praise for the organization as a whole, but I ask what the long term results are? Have any studies been done on the thousands of graduates at all? Are any records kept on the graduates at all? If not, then why? How are they doing after 1, 3, 5, 10 years later. Does anyone really know? I bet not! All we hear about are the few success stories. The one doctor, the one politician (the founder’s brother), the fireman. Okay now, that’s 3 successful graduates out of 10,000 plus graduates. This is not a success story at all! I contend that all Delancey Street Foundation does is keep criminals out of jail temporarily. Although, I have never been sentence to prison, I have been arrested for DWI/DUI twice since graduating and am constantly struggling with sobriety. Delancey St. never addressed my alcoholism and drug abuse ever, although I was sentence to Delancey St. with over 20 drug charges! As a resident we were forbidden to talk about drugs or alcohol even in the group therapy sessions. All the commenter’s to this thread, all they’ve seen is the nice buildings, the residents working hard at their jobs for almost free, a clean and nicely structured environment, and past felons off the streets learning new trades like basket weaving and furniture moving.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

there past graduates are not successful and are back to drugs and alcohol or back in prison.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I believe that the organization may be a money making machine for a greedy woman.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I sure Mini Silbert has well over 10 million backs already.

Ways to make it better...

the addressed my drug and alcohol abuse.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

what are the graduates actual success? Where are those numbers? Are DSF graduated staying clean and sober after leaving DSF?

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is not a drug and alcohol rehab in any way. You go there to work and make money for them WOW! Is this place a cult? No, but where's all the money going I wonder?

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998

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