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May 12, 2014
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May 12, 2014
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My twin brother is currently in delancey street. I feel that the lengthy blackout period is a wonderful idea. Unfortunately we as the family or friends of the addict think it's cruel but we aren't the ones who hit bottom. Yes the program is hard but it pushes people beyond their known limit. They have the blackout and it gives them time to reflect, accept things, take personal inventory without outside inputs, and ultimately they find out who they truly are and what they really want. Sometimes we have to cut our ties with the outside world to renew ourself and rebuild our life. Work on there self first that way after a year when we do hear from them they're not only strong enough to handle life but have become a new person with a future. I am thankful for this program it has saved my brother's life.
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.

Ways to make it better...

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 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

Ways to make it better...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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