Pete D’Amica is a native New Yorker who has spent several years helping to build a strong recovery community in the Upper West Side. He is committed to creating a vibrant, energized community where young adults can feel safe, supported, and motivated. In addition to being a strong proponent of community building, Pete also enjoys teaching residents basic life skills, including cooking, ironing their own clothes, and basic chores and apartment upkeep.
Pete began his career working in sober communities after leaving an unfulfilling career in cybersecurity. With this career switch, he found a new passion in life – helping people recover from substance use disorder and transitioning from long-term care to self reliance. He has connected many former residents with sponsors in their 12 Step programs, has taught residents the wonders of Italian cooking, and introduced essential life skills into the daily practices of many young adults at dWELL. Embodying a “show don’t tell” method of interacting with residents, Pete prefers a direct approach to recovery, actively engaging in life skills practice with residents on a daily basis.
On a personal note, Pete loves board games, role-playing games, video games, reading books (on topics ranging from ancient history to modern philosophies), and loves to share these passions with residents (dWELL has a big board gamer community!). He also loves baseball (Let’s go Mets!), loud music, and wandering around NYC, engaging with strangers, and going on culinary adventures.
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