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Candle, Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   99 reviews 2,509

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health


100 Brugh Ave. Butler PA 16001 USA


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


Recently we have focused on collaborating with civic groups to start Reality Tours. As a result, the Norwin Lion's Club in Irwin, PA started a Reality Tour and the Grove City, PA Rotary started a Reality Tour as well. CANDLE, Inc. provides the Program Model, support and guidance for the start ups.

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 10 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


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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Reality Tour was phenomenal! It was so beneficial for my 11-year-old child. The tour gave real life examples of how drugs can turn your world around for the worse. The presentation was informational and hearing the two recovering addicts speak was helpful, too. Thank you to everyone who makes this possible. Every child should experience this with at least one parent. It will open the lines of communication as well. Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer, I have to say it is so rewarding to see the amount of families that come in and have their lives changed. You can clearly see the positive effects that it has on pre-teens/teens by observing their behavior before the tour starts and after it is concluded.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer in 2009, the Reality Tour helped to change my opinion of the value of drug prevention programs. The approach brings real-life experiences into plain view, which seems to have a greater impact than traditional methods. I've since returned as a board member to help carry out CANDLE, Inc.'s mission, in hopes that perhaps one young life may be pointed in the right direction.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was the PR intern for CANDLE Inc. during my spring semester 2015. My name is Kaila and I am a graduating senior from Slippery Rock University. Being the intern for such a great cause really made this experience memorable. During my internship my main focus was to keep the social media accounts: Facebook and Twitter up-to-date. I also did written work, design work and other tasks throughout my internship. The wide variety of opportunities that was available for me to be part of was a great learning experience and a huge step forward for me when entering the professional world. I highly recommend CANDLE as a nonprofit that allows for a great internship!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the Reality Tour with my 2 children ages 12 and 16. This is by far the best drug prevention program out there today. It was truly eye opening for not only my children but for myself as well. I have shared the experience with many people and they plan on signing up to attend. I think all schools should make this a mandatory program for students.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I recently attended the Reality Tour with my husband and our two sons (ages 11 and 14). We found this program to be very educational. The volunteers did a wonderful job of conveying a lot of information about drug use in a way that captured the attention of kids and adults alike. I am so grateful to our school district for promoting this important organization - I really believe that if everyone took the time to attend a Reality Tour, the drug problems in our communities would diminish greatly. I highly recommend this program for anyone with teens and pre-teens.

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CANDLE, Inc. meets with Seneca Valley School Administrators next Wednesday to plan for access to Reality Tour for next school year. We will be sure to pass along your comment . Thanks for attending.

Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the Reality Tour with my 11yr old son. Several of his friends also attended with their parents. It was very informative for both the kids and the adults, I did not realize how much I didn't know about what is going on with drugs. The biggest benefit of this program for us was that it opened up communication for our family. I hope every family gets to attend this amazing program!

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normanorris (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for taking the time to add your comments so other parents can be inspired to take their child. It is our mission to let parents know about the changing drug trends - it is fairly stunning what is happening with designer drugs and people transitioning from Rx pain pills to heroin etc.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

The reality tour is something every child should attend and every school district should pay for! Theses are the things that impacted my daughter the most, the tour it's self is an A+. The mother screaming and crying at the emerg room scene impacted me as well as her. The talk by the recovering addicts and the detective held her attention, even the movie kept her interest but when it came to the talk by the director and the gentleman who is in charge of drug prevention, she did not remember a word that was said. After about 2hours she was getting bored. (Which is about the attention level of any 6th or 7th grader.) I have recommended this to many of my friends.

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normanorris (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for attending Reality Tour with your child and for offering a review recommending the program. Agreed...at times the attention of youth attending can waiver while we present vital information that speaks mainly to parents. In the coming weeks, you may be surprised at what your child actually did take in during the family coping skills segment. Just being present while parenting skills are covered can result in a better acceptance on the part of the child when those skills are implemented in the home. Thanks for participating!

Rating: 5 stars  


I just want to let you know that this was a very educational for me, my husband and duaghter. I was not a very good child and I really thought I knew a good bit regarding drugs. I had some friends die from drugs and alcohol. I was very lucky and cleaned my act up however now that I have children I thought I new what to look for. After your tour I was completely wrong.

I really think every parent should attend this tour and not just once. I think that they should attend every couple or so years. I have a child that is 19 and I know things have changed since I was a kid. I also have a child age 11 and it changed from my oldest.

Please keep up the great work. My daughter thanked me for taking her. It really did opens some great line of communication.


Tammy Hoffer

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Rating: 5 stars  

It was an absolute honor for me to be part of the Reality Tour group last night. From the very beginning with the boy scouts, the very excellent film and right up to the very end at the viewing I felt involved in the life of the girl (on the tape).
I watched the faces of the kids and although you cannot always read, I read enough to tell me that the message was making a deep impression.
The viewing was so real, the mirror made such a dramatic impact. I know I was moved by it but in watching the parents and kids standing at the casket you could almost sense the shock as they looked in the mirror.

THE TOUR MAKES AN IMPACT and if the message sinks in to hopefully most, then it is a "life success".

Thank you for welcoming me.

Dori Daigle

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normanorris (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Dori, Thanks so much for taking the time to attend Reality Tour and your offer to volunteer. We have such a great team, I am sure you will enjoy working with them. Next Reality Tour at the courthouse site is Tuesday, October 28th, 6pm. It is totally booked, as is the November and December Reality Tour! Regards, Norma Norris Executive Director CANDLE, Inc.