Amethyst House Inc.

making a difference… one woman at a time since 1990

Amethyst House Celebrates “Completion”,
Appoints New Executive Director

Angela A. DeSanno, LMSW, is the newly appointed Executive Director of Amethyst House.
(Photo: Thomas Altfather Good)

STATEN ISLAND, NY – On Sunday, June 14, Amethyst House will hold a “completion” ceremony honoring 10 graduates and recognizing the hard won progress of all of its residents on their paths from addiction to recovery — families, friends, alumnae, and supporters will join board members and staff in the ceremony that is scheduled to run from 1 to 3 p.m.

The celebration of the residents’ success also marks an anniversary date and the appointment of a new executive director. Amethyst House admitted their first resident 25 years ago this month — and the facility appointed veteran social worker Angela DeSanno to the Executive Director position earlier this year.

The first halfway house of its kind serving women in New York City, Amethyst welcomed its first resident exactly 25 years ago in June of 1990. Since then, although it has been relocated several times, Amethyst House’s mission remains the same: to provide a safe and supportive environment for up to twenty residents a year, serving women ages 18 and up who have struggled with addiction. During their residency, women attend intensive outpatient treatment, while working with staff on obtaining education, vocational training, employment, and housing. The average term of residency is nine months, although the time may vary depending on individual residents’ needs.

“Our residents have worked so very, very hard to get to where they are today,” said Angela DeSanno, Executive Director of Amethyst House. “The ceremony will honor their achievements. But, more importantly, it will also give them the sense that they are not completing, but rather continuing their journeys. These women embarked upon a path of recovery when they first walked through our doors, a path that can be both challenging and rewarding. As we celebrate together on this day, we want them to know that we will always be here to encourage and support them, no matter where on their paths they may be.”

Entertainment, food, and opportunities to meet and greet the honorees themselves are also planned for the event, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ms. DeSanno and her staff will be on hand, to recognize the achievements of the graduates and to greet any wellwishers. Photographs from the event will be available. Contact for details.

Amethyst House is located at 280 Richmond Terrace on the North Shore of Staten Island. It is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Call 718-448-1900 or visit for more information.

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