San Patrignano, the largest rehabilitation community in Europe, recognized as an important reference model in the world, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. Founded by Vincenzo Muccioli in 1978, the Community has so far welcomed more than 26,000 young people with problems of marginalization and drug addiction, over 72% of whom, after completing the programme, have been completely reintegrated into society and stopped using drugs altogether. San Patrignano offers boys and girls in difficulty at home, health and legal assistance, the opportunity to study, learn a job and change their lives, completely free of charge, without requiring any fees from them or their families. It therefore bears very high management costs, which it can face in part thanks to its productive sectors - above all, educational and professional training venues for young people, thus representing a crucial part of the recovery process - and to the donations and collaboration of those who consider it worthy of their support.
The 40 years since its foundation are an important anniversary, to which San Patrignano is dedicating itself by means of a process of financial sustainability, aimed at guaranteeing the survival of the Community not only for another 40 years but, in its intentions, forever.