11.08.10 - Tucson, Arizona
Representatives from Japan will attend the ground breaking for Amity Foundation’s state of the art children and family center, Dragonfly Village. The public is invited to attend the official Ground Breaking Ceremony; and the event will take place on Thursday 8:00 a.m. sharp August 19, 2010. The site is located on the campus of Amity’s Circle Tree Ranch 10500 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, Arizona 85749 (just east of Houghton Road.)
The event will proceed indoors by 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. for more information and refreshments.
Invited guests also include elected and appointed officials as well as other dignitaries. Amity donors include Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Shamrock Foods, and Emerald Foundation. Naming opportunities for new donors will also be available. The largest contribution thus far is $1,000,000.00
Amity Foundation is facilitating a capital campaign and providing five acres of real estate for Dragonfly Village, a father’s residency, a swimming pool and other amenities. Dragonfly Village will feature twelve children and women residences and a community center with dining, daycare, study centers and classrooms. Dragonfly Village spokesperson, Ray Clarke, stated, Amity’s Circle Tree Ranch, as a teaching and therapeutic community, helped pioneer services for children and families with problems of addiction, abuse, and neglect”.
Research studies conducted by Dr. Sally Stevens, Executive Director of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women at the University of Arizona, show that when women are able to bring their children into treatment with them they are far more likely to, a) complete treatment, b) stay clean and sober, and, c) retain custody of their children. In providing treatment for families, Amity is providing the most effective prevention services for the children, and insuring that families stay together.
Dragonfly Village is also an innovative alternative for the growing number of homeless and veteran families in need of residential substance abuse treatment services. Dragonfly Village will provide a safe, home-like environment for children; and stability for families to bond while recovering from the often traumatic existence they have led. Included are medical and nursing services for pregnant and post-partum women, daycare services for infants and toddlers, and counseling and academic support services for older children that attend the Tanque Verde School District.
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