I'm filling out an application to volunteer with Big Sisters. They want references. Specifically: "Please type or print information requested for three references that are non-family members who have known you well on a personal basis for at least two years. Please provide complete mailing addresses and phone numbers." The bolding is theirs. This isn't just filling out a form to check your handwriting. They intend to call these people and check up on me.
I left the b0rg one year ago and moved to a new state. I have no contact with anyone in my former life except family, who left with me. My old "friends" wouldn't give me the time of day if I knew their current contact info, which I don't. The only references I can give now, I've known only 10 months. I have to call and find out if that will be good enough.