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Macy DeLong '71, profiled in the winter 2000 Colby, is still helping those who find themselves in a plight she once shared--homelessness.
DeLong is executive director of Solutions at Work, a nonprofit in Cambridge, Mass., that trains and employs people who are homeless and equips them for life beyond the streets and shelters. She reports that the Colby profile resulted in several donations, including one very substantial gift.
"Financially, things could be better but that's always the way with a nonprofit," DeLong said, from her Cambridge office. "Organizationally, it's just fabulous."
The clothing exchange run by Solutions at Work is "bursting at the seams," DeLong said, serving twice the number of people it did a year ago. The furniture bank is running smoothly, limited only by the space available.
"The economy has hit us," DeLong said. "If you had asked me in the middle of last summer how things were going, I would have said, 'Oh, they're going fabulously.'"
Another frustration, she said, is that human resource departments are less willing to take a risk on people with criminal records after publicity of a workplace shooting in Westborough, Mass., last December.
But the organization is coping and DeLong, a one-time Harvard researcher whose mental illness led her to sleep on the streets, is coping, too. "I'm doing okay," she said. "I actually just got myself back out of another, well, this time it wasn't a black hole, it was a gray hole. But I'm learning more about depression every time one of these happens."
She said her story is about coping with depression as much as it's about her organization: "You can live with it. Maybe you don't ever completely conquer it, but you win the battle."
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