Amity Circle Tree Ranch Enrollment
Our 60 acre residential, long-term, campus is a wellness sanctuary and learning environment for individuals to regain dignity, self-reliance and personal mastery that evolved from the Therapeutic Community Model which has been researched for the past 50 years (please see NIDA research papers at the end of this article).
Circle Tree Ranch features all organic / non-GMO meals, mindfulness meditation, family-reconciliation, exercise and self-examination in a community environment.
Circle Tree Ranch is unique in that we offer the journey to self-reliance to parents with young children, pregnant mothers, couples, and families. The option for a student to bring their young children with them has been the only solution for many single parents seeking long-term residential solutions.
Amity Foundation’s Circle Tree Ranch works with a multitude of agencies, counties, tribes and private insurance companies. We can verify private insurance benefits and pre-enroll you within two hours.
Additionally, vocational on-the-job training is featured here for:
- Communication Arts
- Culinary Arts
- Environmental Activism
- Organic Farming & Gardening
- Social Entrepreneurism
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Almas de Amistad Enrollment
Amity’s Almas de Amistad community provides a physically and emotionally safe environment where women are supported as they work through adversity and contribute to their own change process. By identifying and resolving sensitive issues, modifying behavior, and developing authentic friendships in a supportive environment, women learn to lead healthy, productive and fulfilling lives. Funded by a federal grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Almas has been a free resource for New Mexico’s women and their families since 2001. The spectrum of services provided at Almas are strength-based with a central theme of education, health, wellness, nutrition, career-readiness and family restoration. The Almas community is a safe haven where resources and referrals are available for women and children fleeing domestic violence and intimate partner violence. For over 15 years, Almas has addressed a critical need in New Mexico for effective prevention and early intervention for women at high risk for HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis by providing free, weekly on-site rapid testing, counseling, education, and medical referrals. By addressing the unique needs of women and underlying issues that contribute to substance abuse, trauma, homelessness, incarceration, and poverty, students of Amity’s Almas community learn parenting skills, work to regain and retain custody of their children, and effectively change multigenerational cycles of violence and addiction for their families.
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Amistad de Los Ángeles Enrollment
We began our work in California in 1998. Using the Therapeutic Community model, Amity Foundation expanded to include a post-prison residential project in Vista California. Shortly thereafter we established our campus in Los Angeles known as Amistad de Los Angeles which has been a way for thousands of men to pick up the pieces of their life, get a job and education. A strong relationship with a local agencies such as Kedren Health, LARRP has created the ability for the men to receive a high school diploma and often move onto college or job placement. t
It was the success of our in-prison R.J. Donovan project that launched the largest criminal justice initiative in the world, with over 9000 treatment beds inside the prisons for both men and women in California.
Faculty at Amity Foundation in California are proud to be recognized as leaders in working with people many have no interest in. We believe that the good work has an effect not only on the person that has spent years ruining their lives and the lives of others, but the future of the children that they have. All of Amity Foundation’s projects in the community reach out to the larger community and work with church’s, schools, and projects for youth. We want to be in the parts of California that need the most help, the most community and the most love!
Amistad features all organic – non-GMO meals, mindfulness meditation classes, family-reconciliation, GED and high school diploma education, fitness, job placement made possible by the courageous self-examination in our supportive community environment with our in-depth, award winning curriculum.
Vista Ranch Enrollment
Amity’s Vista Ranch is Amity’s oldest residential community in California. The campus houses a Teaching and Therapeutic Community for Personal Mastery.
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.
Amity Foundation currently has several projects in California behind prison walls.Virtual Tour
We began our work in California Prisons in 1990 at the RJ Donovan State Prison in San Diego. Using the Therapeutic Community model, Amity Foundation expanded to include two post-prison residential projects in California.
Using the Therapeutic Community model, Amity Foundation expanded to include a post-prison residential project in Vista California and due to the success of that project expanded again in Los Angeles California’s Amistad de Los Ángeles.
The R.J. Donovan project launched the largest criminal justice initiative in the world, with over 9000 treatment beds inside the prisons for both men and women in California which were nationally led by the U.S. Department of Justice Assistance.
In a 1998 study that was done at the Amity Community at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, San Diego, CA, it was found that those who complete Amity In –Prison and After-Care treatment are less likely to return to prison. The study done by Lowe & Wexler show a rate of return to prison after completing both phases of community 27.4%. For those that had no treatment the rate of return to prison was 75.1%. Vista offers workshops on relapse prevention, vocational training, money management, parenting skills and more. The Amity Vista Ranch is an integral part of the Amity Foundation Community.
The success of these projects is directly related to the men entering an Amity community post prison. The data on the projects has been amazing and recently was in the “Prison Journal”..
Faculty at Amity Foundation in California is proud to be recognized, as leaders in working with people many have no interest in. We believe that the good work has an effect not only on the person that has spent years ruining their lives and the lives of others, but the future of the children that they have. All of Amity Foundation’s projects in the community reach out to the larger community and work with churches, schools, and projects for youth. We want to be in the parts of California that need the most help, the most community and the most love!
Amity was instrumental in changing the 3 strikes law in California assisting the Stanford University who led the inititative that ultimately changed the law in California.