ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The Antonia Maria Foundation (AMF) provides temporary housing and life skills training for women as they move from dependent, often abusive or substance dependent relationships to strong women of recovery. Our operation is one of the few women-only facilities with long-term structured housing in the New Jersey area.
We believe in the use of ancient healing techniques in tandem with the 12 Steps to help create a space for our women to rid themselves of past traumas, practice self-love, and grow into empowered women. We understand that every woman’s journey is different, therefore the recovery process should be exactly that – unique and personalized.
Yoga and Meditation
Breathing, meditation, and yoga are valuable practices proven to help us connect our mind, body, and spirit. We leverage these tools to help our women embrace mindful living and the “power of now”. Women who live in our home are able to visit Honor Yoga Studio free of charge. We also have meditation in house weekly.
We have outside practitioners come in and share with our residents tools and techniques to help aide them on their journey to create solid, committed and life-changing recovery programs.
We help aide women in day to day activities by providing personalized and unique support. We meet each resident where they are at individually and help them build upon their strengths so they can become victors of their recovery. We empower women to turn their pain into purpose.
Reiki is a powerful tool that teaches how to honor pain instead of avoiding it. It allows our women to use their own touch to invoke their natural ability to heal and restore the mind, body and spirit. Women that reside in our home receive private reiki sessions weekly.
We are certified by the New Jersey Alliance of Recovery Residences, meeting the high-level standards that assure a high caliber of service in addressing the needs of the addicted community.
ANTONIA MARIA MONTALVO
Antonia Montalvo is the driving force behind the foundation and the Executive Director of Gracie’s House. She is a shaman and a devout follower of Christ. She overcame substance abuse, mental health, weight issues, physical, mental and sexual abuse and also had several near death experiences and chronic, severe physical ailments. What brought Antonia out of the darkness was spirituality. Antonia’s mission is to help at-risk women become more spiritually consistent and eliminate the “one size fits all” culture in recovery.
Meredith DeGironimo is the Director of Operations for the foundation and provides spiritual workshops and healing techniques to our residents. Meredith has been in the traditional 12-step recovery process for 12 years and the spiritual healing technique practices for over 20 years.
There are plenty of meetings for our women to attend within walking distance from our location and many helpful resources for them to find jobs or get involved in the community.
The bus stop and taxi services are conveniently located in front of our recovery home and the train station is a 5 minute drive. The New Jersey Transit Rail Operations (NJT) originates trains to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan during peak hours from the Jersey Avenue station in New Brunswick. NJ Transit provides local bus service on the 811 and 814 routes.
How does the Antonia Maria Foundation help?
The core basis of healing within the Antonia Maria Foundation is through spiritual and intuitive healing. Through EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, and Mindfulness – we help our clients rid themselves of past traumas and open their hearts to self-acceptance. We believe in the use of ancient healing techniques, such as shamanic journeying, to help create a space for our clients to grow. We understand that every woman’s journey is different and unique, therefore the recovery process should be exactly that, unique and personalized.
Nightly Recovery-Oriented Meetings
The Antonia Maria Foundation will nurture a culture of daily open discussions for its members. One of such is a nightly meeting that helps members expunge uncomfortable feelings and moments of struggle by looking inward, alongside a safe, supportive and nurturing community.
Ensuring Personal Accountability
Accountability can be a powerful tool in motivating house members to make permanent changes to their lives, especially in relation to sober recovery.
- During-recovery accountability: While members are in the house, a schedule will be used to ensure proper time management and that members and staff are abreast with the recovery process.
- After-recovery accountability: The Antonia Maria Foundation will incorporate a reliable accountability plan for house members to go by long after they are discharged. Accountability for house members will be formed through a variety of new technologies, including online weekly check-ins and online sobriety meetings where members are accountable to an online community that meets and shares stories of progress in a computer-based forum. After leaving the house, members are also invited to join in-house meetings and events, whenever they need.
Assistance With Job Searches
The foundation will help members interested in working, seek out government programs and non-profit organizations. We will help establish relationships with other Non-profits like; America In Recovery and the National Hire Network that help recovering clients and victors of abuse survive in society through gainful employment. The foundation will provide members with referrals to a vast network of community resources that they can work with.
Court Liaison Services
A court liaison program is very necessary for house members that have been in trouble with the law at some point. With the Court Liaison Program, patients will be able to communicate with the appropriate legal parties when necessary. Under the guidance of the supervising attorney for the foundation, communication between patients and their legal representatives is duly facilitated.
We need volunteers to help us with various tasks and the daily operations of our house. If you are compelled to be involved in our cause, or if you are looking for a way to give back to the community, please contact us!
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