San Patrignano is a home, a large family that has been offering help to young people with drug addiction problems for over 40 years. Founded by Vincenzo Muccioli in 1978, it has since welcomed more than 26,000 people, giving them a home, health and legal assistance, the opportunity to study and learn a trade, to change their lives and fully return to society. All without economic burdens for families. Of the funds needed to manage San Patrignano, part derives from the proceeds made through San Patrignano goods and services, part from private donors or companies that believe in the social value of the center.
There are around 1,000 guests in San Patrignano. It is a model of social enterprise, conquered with hard dedication and with a lot of will by thousands of young people who have found dignity and respect for themselves here. San Patrignano creates the opportunity for every young person to choose the closest to their aptitudes from various training options. The recovery model passes through an educational path, based on the recognition of universal values.
In the mission of San Patrignano, alongside recovery and training, there is prevention, a project renewed annually that reaches over 50,000 students from all over Italy through visits, meetings and shows. San Patrignano was recognized in 1997 by the United Nations as an NGO with Special Consultative Status on Drugs with the United Nations Economic and Social Counc (ECOSOC).
Confindustria is the main association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy, with a voluntary membership of more than 150,000 companies of all sizes, employing a total of 5,440,125 people. The association’s activities are aimed at guaranteeing the central importance of companies, the driver’s of Italy’s economic, social and civil development. By representing companies and their values at institutions of all levels, Confindustria contributes to social well-being and progress, and from this standpoint guarantees increasingly diversified, efficient and modern services. Confindustria’s added value stems from its network: a headquarters in Rome, 221 local and trade associations and since 1958 a delegation in Brussels, which has seen its strategic importance grow over the years and is now a benchmark for the entire Italian economic system at the European Union.