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.
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.
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!
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.