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WHO WE ARE

The Ammon Foundation launched in October 2016 as the philanthropic endeavor of Ammon Labs​.

Our mission is to empower individuals in addiction recovery through combating stigma and providing strategic support to enable personal success. We envision a world where all who have suffered from addiction are able to access and sustain long-term recovery.

We aim to realize our mission and vision through our two core programs: the ​Ammon Recovery Scholars Program​ & the ​Ammon Empowerment Workshop Program​.

Please click here to read our 2018 Annual Report.

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Madeline’s Story

Addiction is a disease, not a moral failing.

Similar to other chronic relapsing conditions, through adequate support, ​people do recover​. We define recovery with the ​Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s​ definition of recovery: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. We also recognize SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness, and the importance of addressing each dimension.

When individuals in recovery are holistically supported to build purposeful lives, the likelihood of them maintaining their recovery substantially increases. And, when empowered by Four Pillars individuals in recovery are able to thrive!

CORE VALUES

Think Big. Act Bigger.

PROGRAMS

Your past does not need to define your future.

Ammon Empowerment Workshop Program

We have developed an evidence-based and nationally recognized 6-module life-skills training program, with the goal of arming individuals with vital life skills – bridging the gap from treatment and recovery. All workshops are facilitated by Certified Ammon Empowerment Coaches – individuals in recovery with lived experience. Workshop are available for a nominal fee.​ ​Click here for more information or to schedule a workshop.

Ammon Recovery Scholars Program

We are committed to giving away at least $100,000 in scholarships for individuals in recovery to pursue education. Additionally we aim to support our scholarship recipients with academic, personal and professional support. ​Click here for more information, to nominate someone or to apply.

The Ammon Foundation is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin/ancestry, gender identity/expression, disability, veteran status, genetic information, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, pregnancy and/or recovery pathway. We understand that those who have suffered with addiction are a marginalized and disenfranchised population and we intend to serve everyone.

TESTIMONIALS

“I have been ambitious as ever with my education because it provides me with a sense of self – who I am, and what I stand for. The scholarship has helped lifted financial barriers; hence I am able to graduate on time and buy some books that I needed and would otherwise have not been able to afford. I am only stronger today in my recovery because of my education and the support that I have received. I am truly grateful more than words can describe.”

Veronica Campos – Hawthorne, NJ – Felician University

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“By awarding me this scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden. That means I can spend more time focused on my studies, participating in extracurricular activities and invest in the maintenance of my recovery. Words cannot describe my gratitude.”

Victor Flores – New Brunswick, NJ – Rutgers University

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“I am extremely grateful for the Ammon Foundation’s recognition, and their financial support to assist me in pursuing my goals and influencing change in the recovery community.”

Andrea Howell – Exton, PA – Delaware County Community College

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“I returned to school at Augusta University where I will graduate with my Bachelor’s in Business Administration in December 2017. I found my purpose in serving others, and my education has empowered me to do that.”

Paige MacKenzie Miller – Augusta, GA – Augusta University

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“At 55 years old, I enrolled in college as a non-traditional student working toward a CADC credential. Being self-paid has been a burden on my wife and I, but my passion to help others and the long-term benefits of an education were undeniable. Receiving this scholarship is a game changer in my life, as it will allow me to spend more time studying and less time trying to figure out how to pay for school.”

Walter Burke – Manchester, NJ –  Ocean County College

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“I was a high school dropout and never imagined I would get a college education. Recovery has completely changed my life, thanks to the Ammon Foundation for making it possible.”

Jeremy Hunt – Neptune, NJ – Rutgers University

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“Being awarded this scholarship is a blessing to say the least. I was fortunate to receive this help given that my self destructive tendencies fueled by my substance abuse led me to poor academic achievement prior to me returning to school earlier this year. Being ineligible for financial aid as well as being a homeless student, this money is going to be put to good use.”

Josue Pineda, age 21, 11 months in recovery

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“I am incredibly grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship. Getting sober is hard.Getting sober while you are in college is harder. The students I know who have gotten sober are not idle beings. They are the most engaged community members I know, so to have a scholarship that recognizes that is paramount to the strength of collegiate recovery programs everywhere. I’m humbled to be apart of a bigger story than my own.”

Grace Anderson, age 25, 3.5 years in recovery

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“I am super happy and excited about being awarded the scholarship! It is helping take a lot of financial pressure off of me and my family, and is really helping allow me focus on education and recovery.”

Tyler Leland Schultz, age 20, 3.5 years in recovery

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“I feel honored and inspired to receive the scholarship. It serves as a reminder to stay dedicated to both my studies and to recovery, so I can humbly lead through example and help the next generation of scholars in recovery.”

Andrew Carter Mixson, age 25 years, 3 years in recovery

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“I am extremely grateful for my award. Many people know that school is expensive, but few consider how this impact students. As a student, a member of AA, and a worker, I have had few chances to really go out and “explore”. Many of my decisions have been restricted due to financial reasons. Having been awarded money from scholarships allow me to worry less on paying back student loans, and more on doing things that matter. I have been working with a staff member from Illinois State to create a student recovery meeting on campus. This allowance from AMMON allows me to have more time to do that.”

Daniel, age 22, 4 years in recovery

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“It is my great honor to accept your scholarship, it means the world to me that you find my journey and the state of my recovery deserving of the Ammon Academic Award.”

Wayne Johnson, age 44 years, 4 years in recovery

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“Thanking the the Ammon Foundation selecting me to be a recipient of this gracious financial assistance. I am truly honored and grateful to have been selected and wish to say thank you to all who were involved with the selection process. I’ve never applied for a scholarship before so this was truly a blessing!”

Carlita Singletary, age 52, 26 years in recovery

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“Thank you so much for selecting me for a scholarship! I am very excited and proud to say that I am now an Ammon Recovery Scholar! This is such a blessing and will be a HUGE help for me. All of the blessings that have come with recovery so far have been unreal. I don’t know what else to say besides I am very grateful and hope by being a part of the Ammon Foundation I can help another individual climb out of the misery of addiction. Thank You!”

Timothy Rousu, age 29, 1.5 years in recovery

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“Words cannot express my gratitude for the for the scholarship I have been awarded. The simple fact that you guys believe in me and want to help me speaks volumes. I have never been more proud to represent an organization in my life and I am always available to help out in any way that I can. Thank you all so much!”

Elia Hopkins, age 34, 3 years in recovery

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“It is with such gratitude that I can accept this scholarship. Thank you for your work supporting students in recovery. I am humbled and grateful. Thank you all for your hard work.”

Grace Anderson, age 25, 3 years in recovery

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“I received the email informing me of my scholarship award for this upcoming semester and I am incredibly grateful. “Thank you” just doesn’t seem like enough! The Ammon Foundation is breathing life into my dream of becoming a nurse in the drug and alcohol field and for that I feel so blessed!”

Erin, age 34, 2 years in recovery

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“This scholarship has eased my way to attaining my goal of being the best counselor I can be, in order for me to pass on the gift that I was given. My gratitude is beyond words.”

Kathleen Kronenberger, age 57, 2 years in recovery

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“I feel so grateful to receive my renewal scholarship because having Ammon believe in me enough to help with my tuition helps make me believe in myself.”

Elia Hopkins, age 34, 3 years in recovery

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STAFF

MARIEL S. HUFNAGEL
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PAULA FIGUEROA-VEGA
DIRECTOR OF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

CINDYMARIE DIX
DIRECTOR OF WORKSHOP PROGRAMS

ANA CORDEIRO
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

SHEILAH POWELL
OPERATIONS MANAGER

JESSE DARIANO
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

ADVISORY COUNCIL

EMPOWERMENT COACHES

ELIA
LEAD EMPOWERMENT COACH
SOUTHERN NJ REGION

CHEYANNE
LEAD EMPOWERMENT COACH
CENTRAL NJ REGION

KEVIN
LEAD EMPOWERMENT COACH
NORTHERN NJ REGION

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The Ammon Foundation is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

We rely on donations from individuals, organizations and corporations to provide strategic support to remove barriers for those in addiction recovery. Due to the generosity of Ammon Labs all of our administrative costs are covered and every dollar donated goes directly to programming.

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