Since the organization was formed in the 1970s, it claims to have transformed the lives of 14,000 people through vocational and education assistance in addition to group counseling.
Very few of those people come in for the sort of casual treatment Newsom is seeking. In fact, Delancey Street typically doesn't accept anyone who isn't planning on spending a couple years in residence.
Residents living at the Embarcadero Triangle provide labor for several businesses that buoy the nonprofit financially, from its famous Delancey Street Restaurant to a national moving and trucking service.
Newsom for the most part is refusing to answer questions about his now-public battle with booze.
But Stout suggests that Newsom, by allowing the entirety of his treatment to appear on a marquee, has brought the publicity on himself. "Frankly, I don't think it's any of our business if he goes to treatment," Stout said. "I wish he would have just quietly gone and did what he needed to do and said he just had some medical things he needed to take care of, period." *