When 2000 Roses co-founders Kelly Wiley and Alonzo Harris first visited The Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco in 2001, they immediately caught the vision of this incredible organization. “We saw lives changing through the efforts of someone who simply believed in the possibility of people — regardless of where they’d been,” said Harris. He and Wiley met with some of the residents — many of whom had either served time in prison, been drug addicts, or both. They also visited with Mimi Silbert, the spunky founder, who along with her partner, started the organization over 30 years ago. Within days the foundation for the relationship was laid and the dream of a Dallas-Delancey Street connection was born.


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