[Congressional Record Volume 148, Number 107 (Wednesday, July 31, 2002)]
[Pages S7739-S7740]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


 Mrs. BOXER. Mr. President, I would like to take this moment to 
reflect on the work of a very special woman and friend, Dr. Mimi 
Silbert, whose extraordinary commitment and compassion have greatly 
enhanced the quality of life for so many people in California and 
across the Nation. The Jewish National Fund will present Mimi with its 
Woman of Valor Award on September 24 in Los Angeles.
  Mimi serves as President, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the 
Delancey Street Foundation, which, since 1971, has helped thousands of 
substance abusers and get back on their feet. The foundation is known 
to be the largest of its kind in America.
  The Delancey Street Foundation has centers in New York, New Mexico, 
North Carolina and Los Angeles, but its headquarters in San Francisco 
are the most well-known. Located on the San Francisco waterfront, the 
400,000-square-foot complex is the largest self-help facility in the 
country. The complex houses 500 residents and contains Delancey's 
national moving company, catering company, a screening room, the 
Delancey Street Restaurant and Crossroads Cafe.
  Athough best-known for her work with the Delancey Street Foundation, 
Mimi also serves as a powerful voice for reform. She recently wrote, 
designed and implemented a new juvenile justice system for the city of 
San Francisco, which has served more than 2,000 young people. City 
agencies and community-based organizations worked together to create a 
one-stop Community Assessment Center for arrested young people, two 
afterschool facilities, and other programs. Mimi also used her 
extensive expertise to work as a prison psychologist and police 
trainer, as well as teach at the University of California at Berkeley, 
San Francisco State University, and the Wright Institute.
  Mimi truly personifies the Jewish National Fund's Woman of Valor

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Award. I am proud to be on her long list of admirers and friends. I 
extend to her my most sincere congratulations on this distinguished 
honor, and, as always, wish her every success as she continues her 
exceptional work.