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Causes: Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: To provide sustainable and innovative drug/alcohol prevention programs that reach parent & child together.

Results: CANDLE, Inc. has provided the tools for dozens of communities to 'take care of their own' via our Reality Tour Program Model. Over 35,000 parents/children in our home state of PA have participated. Our program is in 7 states and Canada. All replicated programs have been able to successfully us our tools to create ongoing prevention services in their community by networking a volunteer force.

Target demographics: communities use existing resources to provide an evidence-based parent/child prevention experience that is self-sustaining and provided on a scheduled basis so there is always a program coming up for families to access.

Direct beneficiaries per year: CANDLE, Inc. directly oversees Reality Tours in Butler & Westmoreland PA, reaching over 2,000 families. CANDLE, Inc's Reality Tour Program Model allowed other communities replicating the program to reach over 10,000 participants. Over 250 families enrolled in our Family Health Policy, home 'drug testing with love' program.

Geographic areas served: Reality Tours are in over a dozen PA counties and in 7 other states. For a complete listing of sites visit www.Realtiy Tour.org Family Health Policy is an online product accessible to anyone in the US

Programs: the Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program and Family Health Policy Home Drug-testing, CANDLE, Inc. gives communities and families the tools to educate the community on substance abuse prevalence and drug trends while imparting coping skills that can help families prevent experimentation.

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just scheduled my our second trip to the Reality Tour in Greensburg - this time with my daughter. We attended 4 years ago with my son who was 13 at the time. It was very impactful. While we never believed (as no one ever does) that our children would ever get into drugs, we know 100% they will be in a situation where they might be able to use the information they gain through the Reality Tour. We're taking the preventative approach.

Thank you for the work that you do for this program AND for being parent partners in helping my children to be informed as to the dangers with all drugs.

Diane192

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you SO much for organizing the Reality Tour! I thought I was up to date on what was going on in the dark realm of drugs and other inhibitors, but boy was I wrong. This was very well put together. The action skit, the videos, and the live testimonies all had so much information, and those boys from George Junior just tore my heart up. So young, and so brave to share their story so another child will not have to walk in their shoes. I just can't express how much I appreciate the hard work everyone put into this event!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We brought our 13 year old to the Reality Tour not knowing what to expect. I have to say that this was a very powerful experience for myself, my son and my wife! The powerful content of this tour is right on target and much needed for all of our children. We will be referring our youth group as well as our Celebrate Recovery family to this mission. Thank you!

Ken_57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Reality Tour held by CANDLE, Inc. on September 12, 2016 was an amazing and memorable experience. Previous to attending I had heard that the Reality tour was very powerful and the message was well done. After attending I can say that it far surpassed my expectations, was very powerful, and was done in a very nice way. All parts of the Tour were impactful but the most powerful were the interviews with a retired PA State Trooper and also interviews with young individuals from a correctional facility who were there because of involvement with drugs from a very young age. I must thank the CANDLE, Inc organization for providing this service to the community.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Having both worked for CANDLE, Inc. and attended Reality Tour, I can honestly say this is an amazing non-profit and program. The drug epidemic across the country is growing each day and the passionate people that run CANDLE, Inc and Reality Tour are desperate to stop it. The Reality Tour program really opens up the communication lines between parents and children so they are comfortable talking about drugs. It also shows the consequences and provides coping skills. Something that I found very influential about the program is the talks from law enforcement and at risk youth. It shows parents that this is happening in their own community and kids that this problem could happen to them. Overall I highly recommend the program, it has made an impact on my life and I'm sure countless others as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a mom of three kids now 22,20,15 All of whom experienced the reality tour with a group of friends when they went to Middle school. THEY STILL talk about. The older two successfully avoided the trap of drugs as did the students/friends they attended with. We were talking about it the other day and the 20 year old remembered the Jail. "there was a person behind the glass, they had tennis shoes like mine, I realized they had lost all their freedom and I didn't ever want to end up there," Now in college entering into her Junior year...the memory is vivid. She continues to avoid the path that drugs could take her. The 15 year old said the funeral is what cinched it for her. She said, "Looking at the body and knowing people were missing their friend I didn't want to lose a friend to something stupid like drugs or want people looking at me in a casket and wondering how I could have been so stupid." As a parent I remember grilling the students who were in recovery and asking them HOW did your parents MISS this? They willingly shared with me their tips and tricks on how they got away with it...I am grateful. To this day...if my kids go somewhere and call me on the cell, I ask to speak to their friend or friends parent from the cell...to be assured they are where they say they are...they know it will happen...no need to try to be deceptive. My son is pursing a career in law enforcement...he remembers the question about giving something up for 6 weeks and thinking as a child what it would be like to never have pizza again, or some other enjoyable thing. They drew the parallel about why "try something" that could become addictive to have to live the rest of your life NEVER experiencing it again..to the point of having to experience extreme pain because a narcotic could contribute to a relapse. For my olders its been 7 and almost 10 years and THE REALITY tour is still shaping their thought process about drugs and their use. I am thankful that so far their path has strayed away from the destructive one involving drug use. Those morphed images of their photos are etched into their minds as something to avoid. As homeschooled students the olders never encountered the peer pressure that kids grew up with. The REALITY TOUR prepared them for what peers can do. They have the ability to pull you down...or lift you up and out of the pit and away from the drug scene. Kudos to a program that makes a difference and leaves an impact. Our family is proof!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This experience hits hard from all different angles. Hopefully by showing how drugs affect all of our lives in today's world the message will get across to youths and adults. By showing the skits, the movie, and talks from law enforcement and recovering addicts I am hopeful that something will touch a nerve and make a difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a Reality Tour in Mars on June 9th. I was astonished and surprised at just how influential and educational Reality Tour is. The dramatic scenes, although put on by volunteers, were fabulous and really got their messages across. Another great aspect was hearing from two boys from George Junior. Their stories were so inspirational and I know their wasn't a dry eye in the entire audience after one of the boys explained he will be leaving George Junior soon as a changed man and is headed to the army. I think this experience was a great learning exercise and all parents should consider taking their kids to this wonderful program.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Reality Tour is a wonderful opportunity to open communications with your child about drugs if you haven't already. Providing real life situations, video commentary, as well as first hand experience of what life is like to be a "user". This program exceeded my expectations and gave my daughter and I plenty to talk about on the ride home as well as share with other family members at home. As a parent I really appreciated the tips given by the instructor, police officer and former abusers. Worth checking out and quite possibly saving the life of a friend or family member. Thank You!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the final tour @ BVA and was truly moved when listening to the mom give her gut wrenching story followed by her son who is in recovery. Every person in the audience had tears in their eyes. Thanks to all the volunteers who work tirelessly to educated families about this horrible epidemic.