Bill Toliver

Bill Toliver

I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and was one of five children that were abandoned and left to the Ramsey County Welfare Office. My siblings and I were shuffled about to different foster homes, sometimes residing in the same home for a time until something happened that caused us to be moved again (five times growing up). I was a poor student, always in trouble and getting poor grades. I followed two of my brothers to California and there became addicted to methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. I was homeless and became suicidal and paranoid. A doctor told me if I didn't stop using I had about three weeks to live. My brother took me to Delancey Street where I stayed for nine years, rebuilding my life and rising to the position of First Vice President and member of the Board of Directors.

I have not had a drink or drug in over 35 years. After graduation I spent 15 years as a medical examiner for the City of San Francisco. I have lived with my wife Genevieve (also a Delancey graduate) for over 30 years (she works at Washington Mutual where she is Chief Marketing Officer) and we have a beautiful daughter, Dominique who is attending California State University at Chico majoring in Psychology. We have a beautiful home in the Oakland, CA hills and a retirement home in Northern California near Chico. Delancey Street not only saved my life but my two brothers came in after me, and Delancey Street saved their lives as well.

Toliver home in Northern California.