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Amethyst

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Background

What region or area do you provide services in?

Amethyst serves vulnerable women and children in the Columbus area. Amethyst helps women with addiction problems stay sober and off the streets. Amethyst also seeks to keep these women’s children safe and healthy throughout the process as well.

How and when did the organization get started? 

Amethyst was founded by a group of recovering women in 1984 who wanted to provide long-term support and safe, affordable housing to women recovering from addiction. The agency began with three clients and a donated house. The program was run by volunteers for five years.

As it grew to be successful, Amethyst applied for and received certification to be a treatment provider by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. Today, Amethyst is recognized nationally for its superior gender-specific recovery program.

How many employees do you have? 

Amethyst has 4 people on their executive staff, and employees who help operate and administer their service programs.

How many volunteers does your organization have?

In 2014, 440 volunteers provided roughly 5,000 hours of service for Amethyst’s women and children.