In 1971, Mimi Selbert and John Maher founded Delancey Street Foundation with a paltry $1000 loan and a big dream: to provide individuals at the bottom of societal totem pole a priceless opportunity to turn their lives around. Clients include former substance abusers, former felons, teenage mothers and others individual who have hit â€˜rock bottom.â€™
Delancey Street freely houses each individual as â€˜residentsâ€™ for a minimum of 2 years and most individuals stay an average of 4 years- drug free, alcohol free and crime free. During their time at Delancey, residents work to earn a high school GED, are provided with vocational training and learn proper social and interpersonal skills, allowing them to successfully acclimate into mainstream society.
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Not only has this foundation been named the most successful rehabilitation project in the United States- turning over 14,000 lives around and counting but equally importantly, Delancey is self-sustaining and has accepted no governmental grant since its founding. Instead, it has grown into a 20 million dollar empire through the launching of a series of small businesses which provide necessary operational capital as well as providing a basic training ground for residents to acquire rudimentary entrepreneurial and business skills.
- Delancey Street Foundation is the country’s leading residential self-help organization for former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit rock bottom. Delancey was founded in 1971 and has grown to serve thousands of residents in five locations throughout the United States.
- Organization Type: Non-Profit
- Website: www.delanceystreetfoundation.org
- Founder(s): John Maher & Mimi Silbert
- Founded: 1971
- Location: New York, New Mexico, Los Angeles, North Carolina
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