Almas de Amistad A teaching and therapeutic community for women dedicated to promoting good health: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Almas de Amistad is designed to increase women’s level of awareness of their own emotional, mental and physical needs. This project is designed to educate women on HIV/AIDS prevention information and to enlighten them with an awareness of high risk behaviors. Funding is provided through the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT/SAMHSA). It is a community based project providing a free resource for women in Bernalillo County.
Almas de Amistad is much more than a place for women to receive education about their high-risk behaviors. Through the services we provide we help build positive friendships between women. Our goal is to help women build foundations for strong friendships with one another and to be able to carry on those friendships outside for Almas de Amistad by: encouraging women to learn to hold one another accountable for their behaviors and helping each other to stay clean and sober. We teach women to replace negative friendships with positive ones and in turn these become their long term support system.
Cleaning up one’s life goes far beyond quitting the use of drugs and alcohol. It entails learning how to behave and function in today’s society, becoming a responsible, reliable adult with the ability to maintain employment, pay bills, care for children or other family members and most of all caring for one self in a positive manner. It is important for family members to take an active role in their loved one’s journey to clean up their lives.
Services provided by Almas de Amistad
- Free substance abuse counseling
- Curriculum specialized for women
- Therapeutic groups
- HIV/AIDS prevention and education
- Support through NMAS ( New Mexico Aids Services)
- Assistance in employment and job skill training
- Assistance in locating housing
- GED training available on site
- Emergency food assistance
- Parenting classes
- Individual counseling
- Referrals for assistance, as needed