Amethyst House Inc.

making a difference… one woman at a time since 1990


(photo by: Thomas Altfather Good)


STATEN ISLAND, NY — On Sunday, June 24, Amethyst House will hold a “completion” ceremony honoring 17 graduates who have changed the course of their lives thanks to the Island institution that has been helping women overcome addiction for 28 years — families, friends, alumnae, and supporters will join board members and staff in the ceremony that is scheduled to run from 1 to 4 p.m. and will feature renowned broadcast journalist Teddy Atlas, motivational speaker and author Michelle Heath, and New York State Assembly candidate and labor leader Patricia Kane.

Patricia “Pat” Kane, a nurse with over 30 years experience and a founder of the Open Heart surgical unit at Staten Island University Hospital is speaking at the event.

“Congratulations to all of the graduates! Your graduation signifies a lot of hard work and transitioning into the next stage of your growth in recovery. You are staring a new life, empowered by this experience with the tools you need to succeed, the knowledge that you can be a force for positive change and that you are a valued member of our community. It’s an honor to share this special occasion with you and your counselors,” Kane said.

Bobby Digi, founder of Island Voice and the Canvas Institute, candidate (D-61) for the state assembly, and president of the Staten Island Democratic Association (a North Shore Democratic Party club), sent his greetings and offered support.

“It is my honor to support programs like Amethyst House that lift up our women’s voices, especially in the climate we are in where women are still fighting for equal pay for equal work and overall respect. I urge all men to support and advocate for women when and wherever possible,” he said.

The celebrity speakers will help to make the event special but it is the graduates themselves who are the big story.

Atlas offered this insight to this grads: “Some of the greatest fights are not won in an arena but in the confines of our souls. That is where the most important victories take place.”

This year there are 17 graduates of whom 14 will be in attendance. They range in age from the early 20s to the mid 60s, however, the women are united by their successful bid to regain control of their own destinies. This progress was the result of hard work – and support from a dedicated staff that is proud of the very low recidivism rate at their facility.

“The women who complete our program succeed not so much because we as staff impart wisdom to them, but because — through their own commitment and hard work?they discover the wisdom that has always been theirs. We may guide them, but they continue to teach; they will carry what they have learned into their communities, and they will model for women who feel hopeless in addiction how they can change their lives as well,” said Mary Hallet, a resident manager.

Joan T., a graduate being honored on Sunday put it this way: “Being a 64-year-old woman with two dogs in foster care and nowhere to go, I took a counselor?s advice and came for an interview at Amethyst House. Right then and there I knew this is where I needed to be. Having worked on my addiction with the support of other women, I have determined now to live life with flair and laughter.”

Graduate Jennifer F. said, “Amethyst House has saved my life. Before coming here things were dark and I didn’t see a future. But now with the help of Amethyst House staff, I see a path to more independence. I have begun working again, and I also continue to work on my recovery every day.”

Following the formal presentations food and opportunities to meet and greet the honorees themselves are planned for the event. The staff will be on hand to greet any wellwishers.

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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