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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 Empowerment Workshop Program.

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.

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CORE VALUES

Think Big. Act Bigger.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

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.

The Ammon Foundation believes that in order for those in recovery to thrive, they must be supported by Four Pillars™ that include continued education, safe housing, stable employment and adequate healthcare.

PROGRAMS

Your past does not need to define your future.

Empowerment Workshop Series

With the goal of arming individuals with vital life skills – and bridging the gap between treatment and recovery – we developed and offer a 6-module, evidence-based and nationally recognized life skills training program, facilitated by Certified Ammon Empowerment Coaches (all individuals with lived experience). We believe that when individuals in recovery are holistically supported to build purposeful lives, the likelihood of them maintaining their recovery substantially increases. Click here for more information or to schedule a workshop.  Click here for more information or to schedule a workshop.

Ammon Recovery Scholars Program

Education empowers individuals through fostering self-esteem, leadership skills and general purpose. Education also acts as an equalizer – opening doors to a brighter future socially and fiscally. We are committed to giving away at least $100,000 in academic scholarships every year. And aim to additionally support recipients with academic, professional and personal support. All people deserve access to education. Click here for more information, to nominate someone or to apply.

MEDIA

Together we make all the difference

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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
ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

JESSE DARIANO
COMMUNITY RELATIONS SPECIALIST

JACQUELINE SZABLOWSKI
COMMUNITY RELATIONS SPECIALIST

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

STEPHEN HAUPT
CHAIRMAN

CHARLES CARDONA
VICE CHAIRMAN

ANDREW HAUPT
SECRETARY

EVAN HAUPT
TREASURER

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

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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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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