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Amity Foundation currently has five projects in California and a Foundation wide business office located in Los Angeles, California. We began our work in California over 20 years ago at the RJ Donavon State Prison in San Diego ... Full Story >
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Amity’s Vista Ranchis Amity’s oldest residential community in California. The campus houses a Therapeutic Community for parolees from Amity’s prison communities. The Vista Community offers students a structured environment and continued education in developing tools that will support personal growth and change. Vista Ranch is located in North San Diego County and offers a beautiful environment for its students. There are man areas for community ceremony and celebration and to host family and friends.

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Amity's Smoking Cessation Study shows success
"Reducing Tobacco Use in Transitional Shelters", Report on 3-months Mutual Learning Dialog

A study on tobacco use reduction at Amity's Los Angeles Community, Amistad de los Angeles, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness, showed positive results w hile fitting in with Amity's wholistic approach of 'whole person treatment and education.

The percentage of heavy smokers was reduced from 90.9% to 0%, with 87.5% of those surveyed at 3 months falling into the average smoker category. This is a good improvement! Of those surveyed at 3 months, one person was able to successfully stay quit according to the CO data! There is a chance that the people who were not surveyed did indeed quit or reduce their use. We see that there is an overall reduction of cigarette use as a group. This is a great direction to be moving in and participants should feel proud of their progress!

Eight weeks is a very short time for people who have smoked for most of their lives. "These behaviors did not happen overnight." Staff stated that the program should parallel in length to other addiction intervention or harm reduction programs.

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