EO Gives Back
At Delancey Street Foundation one “enters with a history, and leaves with a future,” and EO Products has recently joined this unique, “community where people with nowhere to turn, turn their lives around.”
“Delancey Street 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 4 people in a San Francisco apartment,” Delancey Street has now grown to five other locations. In 1978 a 17 acre ranch was purchased within a reservation on the San Juan Pueblo, in northern New Mexico. In 1980 a home in Brewster, New York was acquired, and in 1984 Jane Fonda even let Delancey Street temporarily use her home to start the Los Angeles location, until they were able to move to an uninhabitable apartment building owned by Santa Monica Hospital that the hospital let them renovate in exchange for free rent, until they were finally able to in 1993 purchased a 205 room hotel in midtown Los Angles. In 1987 the Foundation bought a southern home in the Fisher Park neighborhood of Greensboro, North Carolina, and are restoring a home in Stockbridge, MA, in which Norman Rockwell lived and painted for many years, where residents who have completed their two year commitment, can come and develop their talents in the arts.
“Residents at Delancey Street range from teenagers to senior citizens, and include men and women 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, and has a personal history of violence and generations of poverty,” and any act of violence, or threat of violence, or drug or alcohol use is cause for immediate removal. Delancey Street Foundation is not funded by the government, has no paid staff, and is completely run by the residents themselves, as everyone has strength, so the household works by everyone focusing on them. Everyone in the program works toward their GED, and there’s a vocational school in fifteen different fields, as well as twelve social entrepreneurship businesses that train residents in marketable skills, create positive interactions between residents and customers in the community, and help support the organization financially.
EO Products provides donations of shower gel to each resident, along with additional monthly drums of product for refill to promote packaging reuse and recycling. We encourage you to go to their website at: http://www.delanceystreetfohghundation.org/ to learn more about this unique and important program that has been helping people get on their feet again for almost 40 years.