For more than 40 years, founder Mimi Silbert and her Delancey Street Foundation has helped ex-convicts, former drug addicts, prostitutes, and those who have hit rock bottom, to turn around their lives for the better.

Here, residents are given the opportunity to rehabilitate outside of jail and work as an employee at one of Delancey’s businesses, from the moving company to the restaurant.

Every December, Delancey opens its long-awaited Christmas tree lot. All profit raised goes directly back to the foundation. Here, we share the story of one of their newest lot managers and inspiring residents, Robert Pearl.