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Gary Dockery

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DELANCEY STREET FOUNDATION
August 25, 2008

I’ve lived most of my life in and out of prison form the age of 17 to now. I came to Delancey Street I was just sick and tired of always being in and out of prison, not having any loved ones, the gang life. I never had a job, because I was always in and out of prison. My experience coming here was that I knew that it was going to be tough, because I was going to have to figure out how to relive my life because I’d always been in the system. I learned how not to hate, not to judge someone based on the color of their skin, their gang membership, or what I could take from them. It was hard and it was a struggle, but it was the best thing I’ve done in my entire life. I’m one of the heads of the construction crews here, and I teach the guys how to paint and do projects. I’m also one of the interviewers who comes here and talks the people who want to be in the program. *This review was collected by GreatNonprofits staff and entered on behalf of the reviewer

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

In my own life I've seen a big difference. I don't see people the same way I did before, I don't hate like I did before. I don't destroy people anymore, but I can actually help people who used to be like me to get them past where they are.

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...

Helping people. Seeing newcomers come in and struggle just like I did, and then seeing them become someone new. Being able to do something that most people in the world say that we can’t do, and then doing it. Being a part of the solution instead of the problem. I’m part of something good now.

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

we are the staff--us, the clients.

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

Add on more, so that we can actually help more people.

Ways to make it better...

I'd keep it the same. It runs well.

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

nothing. What we do here works and I believe in it with all my heart, so don't change a thing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I was in prison and Delancey Street helped me find a better way to live.