In locations around the country, the Delancey Street Foundation is maintaining Christmas tree and the lot at 15th Street and Trinity Drive in Los Alamos is run by a team of women.
Operating the annual lot is a fundraiser and also an important training school in the basics of sales, particularly for new residents at the nonprofit organization in the San Juan Pueblo.
Delancey Street is a community where people with nowhere to turn, can turn their lives around. It is the country’s leading residential self-help organization for former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom.
Started in 1971 with four people in a San Francisco apartment, Delancey Street has served many thousands of residents, in five locations throughout the United States. Residents at Delancey Street range from teenagers to senior citizens, and include women and men and all races and ethnicities. The average resident has been a hard-core drug and alcohol abuser, has been in prison, is unskilled, functionally illiterate, or a personal history of violence and generations of poverty.
The minimum stay at Delancey Street is rwo years while the average resident remains for almost four years – drug, alcohol and crime-free. During their time at Delancey Street, residents receive a high school equivalency degree (GED) and are trained in three different marketable skills. Beyond academic and vocational training, residents learn important values, and the social and interpersonal skills that allow them to live successfully in the mainstream of society.
Residents learn to work together promoting non-violence through a principle called “each-one-teach-one” where each new resident is responsible for helping guide the next arrival.