”We take only the worst.”
"And by “worst,” Mimi Silbert, co-founder and president of the San Francisco-based residential program "Delancey Street Foundation," means just that: ex-felons, prostitutes, substance abusers—just about anyone who has hit rock bottom. Residents apply for admittance, just like they would to a university. But unlike the protocol at Harvard or Stanford, Delancey Street only accepts the bottom 1 or 2 percent. For the past 32 years, Delancey Street has provided its residents with academic, vocational and social skills. This includes the discipline, values and attitudes needed to legitimately succeed in society. Currently, 2,000 men and women are served through their centers around the country. More than 14,000 of their successful graduates are fully integrated back into society as taxpaying..."