The Other Side Academy, is a non-profit, two-year re-education/vocational facility focused on behavior modification to help adults that have struggled with difficulties like addiction, crime, job loss and homelessness to get their life back on track. Many individuals admitted to The Academy have a history of social functioning and positive community and family ties that have been eroded by their destructive and toxic lifestyles and choices. For them, integration back into society involves relearning or re-establishing healthy functioning, skills, and values as well as regaining physical and emotional health. For the students that have never acquired functional lifestyles, the Academy could be their first exposure to orderly living. Recovery for them involves learning for the first time the behavioral skills, attitudes, and values associated with socialized living.
The program offered through The Other Side Academy is modeled after The Delancey Street Foundation located in San Francisco, California, started in 1971. The Delancey Street Foundation is the country’s leading residential self-help organization for former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom.
Rather than hire professional therapeutic staff, The Academy hires ex-convicts and ex-addicts who are graduates from Delancey Street to be faculty and train students to help manage the facility and help run the training schools that operate within the facility. The training schools give students the opportunity to learn how to get up every day, go to work on time, return from breaks and lunch, get back to work and do it all again the next day. For some students, this is the first time they have ever done this. The training schools also give students the opportunity to learn how to work together as a team and how to work respectfully with each other and with a boss.
The Academy operates a moving company, The Other Side Movers, thrift store, The Other Side Thrift Boutique and a food truck, Promise Land Food to help pay for expenses of the students living at the facility.
Due to the fact they are a non-profit organization and do not receive any Government Funds, The Academy is always in need of outside assistance. Kenzie Mathews, from their In-Kind donations department, reached out to Scrubblade in dire need of wiper blades for their automotive department. We were happy to be a part of their journey by providing our Scrubblade wiper blades to all the fleet vehicles!
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Information and images provided by: The Other Side Academy and The Delancey Street Foundation.