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Jerry Raymond, Treasurer
Delancey Street Foundation
600 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107

San Francisco
415-512-5186 FAX

Los Angeles
323-890-2314 FAX

New Mexico
505-852-4291 x 335
505-852-2718 FAX

New York
845-278-6181 x 310
845-278-7648 FAX

North Carolina
336-379-8477 x 410
336-379-8774 FAX




First BA graduates from Delancey campus of Golden Gate University.

In 1971 Delancey Street began with 4 residents, a thousand dollar loan, and a dream to develop a new model to turn around the lives of substance abusers, former felons, and others who have hit bottom by empowering the people with the problems to become their own solution. Forty years later we remain true to our mission. We have been taking in as residents representatives of our society’s most serious social problems and, by a process of each one helping another, with no professionals, no government funding, and at no charge to the clients, we have been solving these problems: generations of poverty, illiteracy, lack of job skills, hardcore substance abuse, homelessness, repeat felons, gang members, teen pregnancies, perpetrators and victims of every kind of abuse. After an average of 4 years, our residents gain academic education, 3 marketable skills, accountability and responsibility, dignity, decency and integrity. We have successfully graduated over 18,000 people from America’s underclass into society as successful, taxpaying citizens leading decent, legitimate and productive lives.

We have pioneered new models of education:

We have pioneered pathways out of violence, bigotry and hatred:

John Ammirato and his construction crew building a new Embarcadero home.

We have pioneered programs out of homelessness:

We have pioneered an entrepreneurial pathway out of poverty. (Click here to read more about Our Enterprises)

We have now grown to have facilities in New Mexico, North Carolina, New York, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and headquartered in San Francisco. We have received over 100 commendations and awards from presidents, governors, mayors, legislative bodies, professional, religious, community, housing, and business groups in all the areas in which we reside. We have been commended in the media in over 30 major news and magazine programs such as 60 Minutes, 20/20, John Stossel Specials, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, PBS Special on Crime and Alternatives, Street Stories with Ed Bradley, Oprah Winfrey Prime Time Special on Self-Esteem, Good Morning America, among many others. We have been commended in the written media in well over 200 articles in our 40 years ranging from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, through Fast Company Magazine through the New York Times, the Washington Post, Parade Magazine, Reader’s Digest, People Magazine, Newsweek, The London Times, Financial Times. We have been studied viewed and reviewed by a wide variety of researchers. The results are summarized by Dr. Karl Menninger, founder of Menninger Clinic who, after a 10-year follow up study stated, “Delancey Street is the best and most successful rehabilitation program I have studied in the world”.

While we are of course proud of our achievements, particularly because all have been accomplished by our residents themselves at no cost to the taxpayer or the client, we believe that because of our successes we have a larger responsibility to see that the mission of Delancey Street extends beyond reclaiming individual lives. (Click Delancey CIRCLE to learn about replication and other partnerships.)