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File #: 13-1038    Version: 1 Name: proclamation for Dawn Farm's 40th Anniversary
Type: Proclamation Status: Filed
File created: 9/3/2013 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/3/2013 Final action: 9/3/2013
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Title: Proclamation recognizing Dawn Farm’s 40th Anniversary
Proclamation recognizing Dawn Farm’s 40th Anniversary
Dawn Farm’s 40th Anniversary
September 3, 2013
WHEREAS, Dawn Farm is a grassroots organization that helps addicts and alcoholics recover. They provide widespread services for those suffering from addiction in Washtenaw County, the State of Michigan, and across the country. In 2013, Dawn Farm is celebrating 40 years of success in helping our most vulnerable citizens; and
WHEREAS, Dawn Farm was founded in 1973 by Gary Archie and Jack Scholtus, both recovering addicts, who pooled their incomes to found their recovery program. Using the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and borrowed ideas from Spera, they rented an old farmhouse on Stony Creek Road in Ypsilanti, Michigan and began to take in young people; and
WHEREAS, with donations and support exclusively from the local community, Dawn Farm grew and developed a strong local reputation for success. In 1982 the 74 acre parcel was saved from becoming a housing development when the Farm raised the needed $118, 000 to purchase the Stony Creek farm property; and
WHEREAS, in the mid-1980’s Dawn Farm began to significantly expand, purchasing and renovating properties in downtown Ann Arbor to be used as residential facilities. The organization now has more than a dozen sites throughout the Ann Arbor /Ypsilanti area, including two long term residential facilities, an 18 bed detox and many other support services; and
WHEREAS, in 1988, Dawn Farm’s Trustees raised $805,000 to build a new 15,600 foot Farm facility with a grant from the Kresge Foundation. Ypsilanti Township contributed by writing new zoning code allowing Dawn Farm a permanent home; and
WHEREAS, beginning in 1990, Dawn Farm launched an international outreach program. In 1998, Dawn Farm opened its first transitional house at 112 Chapin Street. Their outreach now has more than 170 units and has helped to house more than 3,000 men and women in safe and sober housing. ...

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